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When it comes to food, Cleveland Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Seeking authentic ethnic cuisine? We have Schmidt’s of Columbus, Seven Roses, Das Schnitzel Haus, Sterle’s Country House, Schnitzel’s & Giggles, Heini’s Cheese, Transylvania Bakery Shop, Frank’s Bratwurst, Balaton (Scene’s Best Hungarian Restaurant), and Oktoberfest’s own food concessions.
For kids, we also have a variety of festival staples—from pizza, to french fries, corn dogs, gyros, frozen custard and funnel cakes.
Schmidt’s of Columbus
n business since 1886 and located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio’s historic German Village, Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus is one of the finest German restaurants in the United States. If you haven’t had one of their brats, you haven’t experienced what makes Oktoberfest Oktoberfest (besides beer, of course).
Jumbo Cream Puffs
German Potato Salad
Seven Roses of Cleveland
Located in the heart of Slavic Village on Fleet Street, Seven Roses (Siedem Róź) is a bright light in an area long known for fine ethnic cuisine. Fortunately, this Polish delicatessen is not only surviving, but flourishing, thanks in large part to a combination of exceptional food and a wonderful atmosphere. The building is classic Cleveland–a stunning interior, high molded ceilings, 15′ library shelves with sliding ladders, etc. And like many such architectural gems, were it not in Slavic Village, it could have been left to decay and blight. Fortunately, Seven Roses took over the building, polished the place up, packed the shelves with ethnic goods and spices, set up a deli overflowing with exotic meats and delicacies, created a cozy seating area, and suddenly you’re worried about lines at lunchtime. It just goes to show that exceptional results come from delivering exceptional products. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Seven Roses share those products with us Labor Day Weekend!
he Cleveland Oktoberfest is excited to announce the opening of a new food venue… the Sausage Autobahn! Located just across from the Glockenspiel, and housed in an air-conditioned building, the Sausage Autobahn will feature some of the Bavaria’s finest sausages, all from Five Star Brand Meats.
One Large 5.3 Oz Spicy or Regular Bratwurst
One Potato Pancake
Balaton of Shaker Square
Voted the top Hungarian restaurant in the greater Cleveland area by Scene Magazine, Balaton is most famous for its superb Wiener and Chicken Schnitzels. Other fine offerings include: Stuffed Cabbages, Langos, Goulashes, and the Hungarian Lecso (a yellow paprika and tomato based summer stew), and of course Chicken Paprikash.
TOP RATINGS awarded by both reader choice polls as well as many accredited food writers/publications, including: Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live Magazine, Ohio Magazine, Bon Appetit, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Scene, Free Times, Connections, Shaker Magazine and more!
Veal Wiener Schnitzel
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Hungarian Beef Goulash
Cabbage & Noodles
All dinners are served with Spaetzle or Red-Cabbage
Langos (fried flat bread served with fresh garlic and sour-cream)
Walnut and Poppyseed Rolls
ktoberfest will have its own stand offering a variety of favorite German dishes. John Roberto, owner of Roberto’s Restaurant, will be preparing a host of items to keep Oktoberfesters’ mouths watering.
Hand Breaded Wiener Schnitzel
Combo Schnitzel & Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash Over Noodles
Deluxe Schnitzel Sandwich
German Potato Salad
Located in Cleveland’s historic West Side Market, Frank’s Bratwurst was established in 1970. They have since garnered a reputation for serving some of the best brats in the Cleveland area. Their brats are so good, in fact, that Scene Magazine voted them the Best Brats in the Cleveland area.
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut
Sterle’s Slovenian Country House
f we could take a snapshot of the Cleveland Slovenian community, Frank Sterle’s would be in the background.
1880’s-Slovenes emigrated to Cleveland from southern Yugoslavia continuing to bring their friends, relatives and neighbors from 1890-1914, 1919-1924 and 1949-1960.
Because of its industrial base, Cleveland presented opportunities for the unskilled and semiskilled laborers.
1910-The census listed 14,332 Slovenes in Cleveland, making it the third largest Slovene city in the world. By the early 1900’s, Cleveland had the largest Slovene settlement in the U.S. It retained that status into the 1990’s.
St. Clair Avenue-Although this wasn’t the first location where the Slovenes settled (originally Newburgh), this was oneof the largest. By the 1920’s, the Community stretched from East 30th to East 79th, north to the lake and south to Superior Avenue.
The population was mostly male then and taverns which became social centers, were the go-to places in the community.Eventually wives and families came here.
With the onset of World War I, few Slovenes came to Cleveland but because children were being born here and Slovenes fromthe other part of the U.S. relocating here, the community grew.
It was about this time that Slovenians became increasingly more involved with becoming U.S. citizens. The communitybecame more active. The Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue, with its seating of over 1,000, was built in 1924 and became one of the largest social and cultural centers of its kind.
1954-Frank Sterle, an immigrant from Ljubljana, Slovenia, founded his Slovenian Country House. The menu was small, as was the restaurant, with only a few picnic tables and one waitress.
Sterle’s Slovenian Country House became famous for world class polka performances.
An addition, resembling an alpine mountain lodge where Frank Sterle lived as a child, is added to the building. Walls feature murals of Slovenia
Notable artists performing at Frank Sterle’s Country House include: Joey Miskulin, Johnny Vadnal, “Waltz King” Lou Trebarand, “King of Polka” Frankie Yankovic.
Since its opening, Sterle’s has featured traditional fare including wiener schnitzel, chicken paprikash, stuffed cabbage, klobase and sauerkraut.
Paprikash Turkey Legs
Grilled Pretzels with Beer Mustard
Chilled Green Bean Salad
Fried Cheese(s) – On a Stick
Apple Fritter Dough Balls
Schnitzels & Giggles
Schnitzels & Giggles German Food Concessions launched July 2010 at Fairs and Festivals in the New England Area. Today we have expanded our Route up and down the East Coast from New Hampshire to Florida. Chef Graf is the Mastermind behind the German Inspired Cuisine. He provides his Swiss Heritage specialties like Sauerbraten with Roth Kohl as well as Austro/German favorites in a fun way with a Schnitzel on a Stick. Being a former Restaurant owner his talent is in making his own recipe of Traditional Bratwurst. Folks who have experienced these House Made Brats say they are amazing!
Our mission is to provide you with a “Taste Trip to Germany” without leaving the USA with our Comfort Food served up in a fun and satisfying way. Schnitzels & Giggles Concessions offers up a fun way to eat German Food on the go just like the fun stands in Germany called Imbiss that you find on a corner of many a German City, small town or village. This Concessionaire takes traditional German Cuisine and puts a fun spin on it, and incorporates the flavors of Switzerland and Austria plus they also offers other fare including: Breakfast wraps at early morning Air and Balloon shows, Potato Pancakes with Country Gravy (also known as Rösti or Latkes), Waffle on A Stick and assorted beverage choices depending upon the venue. Schnitzels & Giggles is the perfect place to grab a bite on your walk around at a fair or festival while enjoying the event you are visiting. Until then we say Auf Wiedersehen!
Jumbo Bratwurst – Our 9 Inch Bratwurst (German Sausage) on a Roll.
Kraut Brat – Jumbo Bratwurst on a Roll topped with Chef’s Special Sauerkraut.
Pepper Brat – Jumbo Bratwurst on a Roll topped with Onions & Peppers.
Best “Wurst” Dinner – One Jumbo Brat & One Smoked Brat served with Sauerkraut, a Roll & Fries
Schnitzel on a Stick – Flattened, lightly hand-breaded Pork or Chicken Schnitzel on a Stick.
Schnitzel Dinner – Breaded Chicken or Pork Cutlet served with Red Cabbage, a Roll and Fries.
Schnitzel Sandwich – Breaded Chicken or Pork Cutlet (Schnitzel) served on a Roll. Optional toppings: Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut or Jäger Gravy.
Potato Pancakes – Fresh-made Potato Pancakes, served with a side of Sour Cream or Apple Sauce
Hand-Cut Pommes Frites (French Fries) – Choice of Toppings: Jäger Gravy, Cheese or Chili
Bowl of Delicious Sauerkraut – Kraut cooked with sautéed Onions, Bacon & Apples & Caraway seeds
Bowl of Red Cabbage – Red Cabbage braised with Onions & Apple finished with Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh Dill Pickle
Ohio Sustainable Foods
Ohio Sustainable Foods raise everything from Buffalo to Elk, and even Scallops.
Gourmet Buffalo Burgers
Gourmet Elk Burgers
Gourmet Slaw Sausage
Lil Bit Polish
Lil Bit Polish is a lot delicious. Serving up some of your favorite Polish foods, like pierogies, kielbasa and more, Lil Bit Polish is perfect Oktoberfest fare.
Strudel & Nut Roll
Fire & Ice
Our pizzas are cooked in a custom built wood fired oven at temperatures between 700 and 900 degrees. All pizzas are cooked onsite using all fresh, natural, local ingredients whenever possible.
Like our pizzas, Italian style gelato & sorbets are made with the freshest ingredients possible. Those strawberries in the strawberry-banana gelato could very well have been ripening in the field only days earlier.
In addition our gelato contains less fat than ice cream so it doesn’t coat your mouth in the same way, allowing for more intense flavors.
Gelato is also churned at a slower speed than ice cream providing a more dense and flavorful product. Some ice cream contains up to 50% air while gelato contains about half that.
Gelato & Sorbets are also served at a slightly higher temperature than ice cream. You may have noticed this same effect with beer & wine. Beer & wine served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cold out of the refrigerator allows for more intense flavor.
Wood Fired Pizza
Das Schnitzel Haus
Das Schnitzel Haus is an intimate family restaurant located in Parma.
Das Schnitzel Haus offers European-inspired New American cuisine featuring the finest seasonal ingredients. Authentic German food right in your neighborhood! Homemade Schnitzels, Goulash, Potato Pancakes, Bratwurst, Sauerbraten, Spetzel, Ribs, Pierogies, Duck and much, much, more! When in Cleveland Ohio if you want the very best in authentic German Food, drop by our Parma Ohio restaurant for a visit.
Das Schnitzel Haus was opened by the Djurin family, long-time residents of Parma, Ohio.
The restaurant and outdoor, heated Beer Garden (biergarten) offers customers German food and drinks, combined with exceptional friendly service from our experienced staff in a cozy, warm atmosphere.
Visit our German restaurant in Parma Ohio for a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.
Bratwurst sandwich with german potato salad
Pork or Jager Schnitzel
Sauer Braten with Spatzele
Hey Hey Bar & Grill
The Hey Hey Bar and Grill was built in 1900.
During Prohibition, it was a speakeasy, one of the few well documented in Columbus. The windows were shuttered and the patrons said they were playing cards. The gentlemen who brought the bootleg would always say, “Hey! Hey! The Beer is Here!” and they became known as the Hey Hey Boys. The name stuck.
Susan and Timothy Gall own the Hey Hey now and established it in 1981.
They travel and do festivals – The Dublin Irish Festival, The Columbus Oktoberfest, The Dayton Oktoberfest, The Cincinnati Oktoberfest, The Circleville Pumpkin Festival, and sometimes more! They usually sell Potato Pancakes, their famous Sauerkraut Balls, Cabbage and Noodles, Chicken and Noodles, and Limburger Cheese Sandwiches!
The famous Sauerkraut Balls were featured in “MidWest Living Magazine” and are always available at the Hey Hey! Regular, Jalapeno, Veggie, or Vegan!
The Hey Hey is open 7 days a week from 3 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Happy Hour is weekdays from 3-7 and includes $1 off all beer and liquor.
The Hey Hey has a great beer selection! Tons of Crafts!
German Potato Pancakes
Chicken & Noodles
Cabbage & Noodles
Limburger Cheese Sandwiches
Assorted German Pastries
Who doesn’t love barbecue? Well, Cleveland Oktoberfest is proud to bring in Stewart’s BBQ, who will be serving up their famous ribs and brisket for your dining pleasure.
Pulled Pork/Beef Brisket
Transylvania Bakery Shop
The Transylvania Bakery Shop’s humble beginnings started in 1981 when Mr. Lajos Mezősi begain baking homemade bread for friends. Mr. Mezősi missed the tastes of his Hungarian heritage and began to experiment, drawing on personal recollections of his mother’s baking in his hometown of Tasnád in Transylvania, Romania.
He experimented with all kinds of ingredients–always striving for the most natural, as he believed only natural ingredients would yield the authentic tastes he was looking for. After 15 years of refining recipes, he succeeded in reviving most of his family’s traditions through the mouth-watering breads and pastries he and his sons make today.
Having perfected his recipes, Mr. Mezősi gave in to the clamoring of friends who insisted he make baking more than a hobby. He bought a 100 year-old traditional brick oven bakery on the edge of Slavic Village, becoming only the second owner in the bakery’s history. Though he has modernized some machines, he still does most of the work by hand, just like in the Old World.
He bakes bread, cakes, and authentic pastries, with ongoing wholesale deliveries to most all Hungarian restaurants around Cleveland, and over a dozen retail delicatessens. He also serves several dozen larger ethnic churches, as well as the Ukranian delis in the Parma area. These have been the mainstay of his business for the last 15 years, with excellent customer satisfaction.
Since Mr. Mezősi was trained in Romania in electromechanics, with knowledge of all things technical, he has also designed and fabricated machines to aid in bringing alive traditional European festival fare such as the Kűrtös Kalács (chimney cake). He delights many a customer during summer and fall festivals with this delicacy, serving up to 500 customers daily at event throughout NE Ohio.
As a proud Cleveland business owner, he’s extremely active in the community, supporting ethnic events and groups with volunteer time and in-kind donations of baked goods and specialty pastries. He is proud to call the United States home, and happy to ply his ancient trade along with his apprentice sons, both of whom are native Clevelanders. All his employees speak multiple languages, including English, Hungarian, and Romanian.
Dobos Torte (Dobos Torta)
Waltnut Torte (Di
ós Torta) Lemon Torte (Citrom Torta)
Rum Punch Torte (Puncs Torta)
Nutroll (Diós beigli)
Poppyseed Roll (Mákos beigli)
Custard Square (Krémes)
Gerbeaud Square (Zserbó)
f all that wonderful food makes you thirsty, we can take care of that. Event Co-Sponsors Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr will be offering a variety of different flavors of beer, and for the teetotallers / designated drivers among you, we also have gourmet coffee, fresh cider, lemonade, soda and other beverages. See detailed list below.
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View Bar Drink List) Bitburger Drive Non-Alcoholic Beer
Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition (
View Brewers) Wild Bill’s Root Beer
Schloss Zell German Wine
Apple Cider Slushies from Splendid Beverages