To travel successfully is to experience new cultures, traditions and tastes, which is why the organisers of BMW Motorrad Days will be tempting you this year with some very special products of the region. German food and drink may be wrongly underrated compared to some of the dishes served up by its continental neighbours but when it comes to putting on a spread to satisfy even the biggest appetites, nothing comes close to the Bavarian recipes.
Bavarians are extremely proud of the authentic tastes of their region, and this year all the catering will be performed by the internationally-renowned KÄFER group, based in Munich. Established over 80 years ago, KÄFER has evolved from a small family firm to become the European catering industry market leader, with many delicatessen outlets, gourmet restaurants and outdoor events operations.
Keeping over 30,000 hungry motorcyclists satisfied from dawn until dusk from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July, is no mean feat, but it’s “all in a days work” for the teams from KÄFER, who are used to catering for the masses. The company’s party service looks after more than 300,000 guests at approximately 2,000 events every year, including the annual Oktoberfest. When the World Cup was hosted in Germany in 2006 it was KÄFER who provided hospitality for 174,000 VIP guests in 12 stadiums – its biggest event to date.
This year at BMW Motorrad Days there will be many traditional and locally sourced dishes on the menu, including Bavarian-style roast chicken, sausage and meat platters, and roast ham hoc, created by around 70 KÄFER chefs on-site, with a further 180 staff required to serve it to visitors.
Be warned: the portions are large, but don’t worry too much about piling on the kilos – there are plenty of activities for you to do to help work off those extra calories, such as a try-out on the Husqvarna X-track, an off-road experience on the enduro park or even a pleasant walk in the mountains that surround the picturesque Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Of course, all this exercise is thirsty work, so rest assured that there is a wide range of fine beers to help you wash down your meal, or quench your thirst after your test rides, courtesy of the ERDINGER brewery. These include ERDINGER Weißbier – the world’s most popular wheat beer, ERDINGER Urweisse, and Fischer’s Hell, which, as the name suggests, is not to be underestimated…
For those who enjoy the taste of fine beer, but don’t want to stop riding, then we recommend the popular ERDINGER Alkoholfrei – a zero per cent alcohol variant but with all the taste. For a weaker beer, ask your hostess for a ‘Radler’. It’s a refreshing blend of beer and lemonade and it will allow you to gradually acclimatise to the superior strength of genuine German beer. While for most Germans, a trip to the Biergarten and a few glasses of ERDINGER’s finest is a regular occurrence – especially on a Friday night – we advise you to take things steady and enjoy alcohol responsibly. At BMW Motorrad Days the party goes on all weekend. It’s like a mini-Oktoberfest and you don’t want to make an early exit and miss anything…
As for what to choose from the menu, we guarantee that it will all taste great, so immerse yourself in Bavarian culture, take a risk or two, and enjoy a gourmet feast at Garmisch. We asked Chris Pfeiffer what his recommendation would be and he said “steak with vegetables or for a truly German meal, Zwiebelrostbraten (typical Bavarian dish made of fried beef and onions in gravy), washed down with Red Bull and Apple spritzer, or if I’m in a party mood, Erdinger Weißbier – I love it!”
And don’t forget to visit the many specialist shops in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and pack your panniers with local produce to take home with you.
For more information about BMW Motorrad Days from 1-3 July, please visit www.bmw-motorrad.com/motorraddays online. For accommodation availability, email email@example.com to arrange your hotel or bed and breakfast requirements.