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Outrageous Oktoberfest Menus at Balboa Bay Club

You don’t need to be German to enjoy Oktoberfest—you just need to like great food and beer! And what better place to celebrate Oktoberfest in grand style than The Balboa Bay Club & Resort.Though October 31, an authentic Oktoberfest menu is available for both lunch and dinner in The First Cabin Restaurant, while appetizers are available in the Duke’s Place lounge in the late afternoon and evening.  

“It is that time of year again, when autumn is in the air, and we eagerly turn the page to comfort food and all our favorite fall recipes,” says Balboa Bay club Executive Chef Josef Lagader. “The Oktoberfest celebration was a time of cooking together. Growing up in Austria, my mother would make the best Schweinshaxen–a roasted pork shank—and serve it with Braised Cabbage and Bread Dumplings. I too, enjoy passing down this tradition to my daughters, and you will see us cooking together as we celebrate Oktoberfest. We are flying in many of the ingredients and beers for an authentic Oktoberfest dining experience.”

This year’s menu features authentic German and Bavarian specialties. Starters include: Marinated Herring, Celery Root Salad, and Lisen Suppe (Lentil Soup with apple wood smoked bacon and sliced Wurstchen).

 Main courses include Paprika Goulash (slow braised beef & homemade spaetzle), Wienerschnitzel (center cut breaded veal loin served with potato and cucumber salad), Rindsroulade (braised beef roulade filled with pickles and vegetables), Bavarian Bratwurst or Wienerle, and Gebratene Schweinshaxen (slow roasted pork shank with bread dumplings, red cabbage and caraway jus).

Desserts will include such favorites as Apfelstrudel a la mode (warm Apple Strudel with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream). Imported beers (Paulaner Old Munich Bier, Erdinger Weissbier, and Innstadt Oktoberfest “Stadl” Bier) will be served.  These beers are prepared each year by the breweries for this very special one month celebration.

Lunch is served everyday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 – 9:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday evenings until 10:00 pm.  Live piano music will serenade guests Friday & Saturday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. For Restaurant Reservations please call: (949) 630-4145, or visit

And in case you’re wondering, the history of Oktoberfest dates back to the early 1800’s. Originally it started in the third weekend of September, and ran through the first Sunday of October. Crown Price Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October, 1810. The citizens of Munich, the Bavarian capital, were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates. Horse races ensued, small beer stands were erected, and later larger beer halls and tents replace the smaller stands. It has grown significantly since those early years, and is popular throughout Europe and the United States. The local name for Oktoberfest, “Wies’n” is derived from Theresienwiese, the name of the field on which the festival is held.

We’ll be reporting back soon on our experience sampling the Oktoberfest menu.

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