Writing and photography by Danny Kourianos
Meat and potatoes. That often-heard cliche of man food: “I’m just a meat and potatoes kind-of-guy.” Well, Oktoberfest, going on now at Snowbird, is putting that old axiom to the test.
With big plates of homemade bratwurst and two types of potatoes—warm potato salad and potato pancakes (not the IHOP variety)—you can’t go wrong. If sausage isn’t your thing, consider the beef rouladen: thin filets of beef rolled an stuffed with bacon. It doesn’t get more manly than that. And did I mention it’s smothered in gravy? It is, and it’s delicious. The Oktoberfest menu also features a chicken entree, a few traditional German soups and spatzle (little dumplings … with more gravy).
But let’s be honest, the real reason you dragged yourself to the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon was for dessert. We didn’t sample the German chocolate cake, but the apple strudel was incredible—full of crunchy, tart apples and golden raisins, all wrapped in a liberally-dusted cinnamon pastry shell.
Lest you think it’s not a family affair, you’d be mistaken. There’s plenty for the kiddos: bungee trampolines, face-painting and alpine slides. There are also the traditional shops with handmade Bavarian clothing and trinkets.
Snowbird’s 36th Annual Oktoberfest
Snowbird Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Weekends through October 5
Open noon – 6 p.m.
Free admission, meals $5 – $10