Allergy Free Oktoberfest

Lincoln Square's most popular weekend will have no shortage of beer, pretzels, sauerkraut and sausage. For those of us with food allergies there really isn't much to celebrate. If dairy is your only allergy and gluten isn't a problem then you can freely enjoy all the beer and pretzels you like. Of course, you will need to be careful of cross contamination at grills that might also be serving cheeseburgers. If gluten is an allergen and you still want to partake in the fun, I would suggest ducking into one of the local bars (trust me you won't be alone) and getting yourself a hard-cider on tap like Magner's. Although Lincoln Square is famously known for German food and drink there are also plenty of Irish bars that have hard cider on tap such as the Atlantic Bar and Grill and the Grafton.

You can still enjoy allergy free Oktoberfest foods once the festival is over:

I brought this dish to an Oktoberfest-themed house party and it was a big hit. It even tastes better as the left-overs get re-heated. Also, this dish works for the vegetarians who often get overlooked at Oktoberfest celebrations.

Red Cabbage and apples


2 tablespoons vegetable oil

8 cups shredded red cabbage

1 onion, chopped

2 tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced

2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

What to do:

Heat oil in a medium size saucepan. Stir in cabbage and onion; fry until wilted. Stir in apple and water, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer about 25 minutes.

Pour vinegar and sugar into the mixture while tasting for desired sweet and sour taste. Cook another 5 to 6 minutes.

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