Oktoberfest Pear Obatzda

I’m the kind of girl who is all about traditions. I love the idea of annual events that represent something important to all of those involved. One tradition that is newer to my life is the celebration of Oktoberfest. You see, I’m marrying someone that is part German and he’s all about German traditions, food and celebrations.

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held annually in Munich. The festival runs from mid-late September until the first weekend of October. Beer, games and lots of food are all part of the tradition during the 16 day festival. It is definitely my dream to one day actually attend Oktoberfest in Munich but until then we annually celebrate the festival at a friend’s house. We gather together and enjoy home-brewed beers, sausages and side dishes all part of the German culture.

One of my favorite dishes during Oktoberfest is Obatzda, a Bavarian cheese delicacy. Traditional obatzda is a mixture of Camembert, butter, paprika, onions, garlic and other spices with a hint of beer. The dip is traditionally served with fresh pretzels and is quite delicious. This year for our Oktoberfest party I decided to do a little twist on traditional obatzda and made a more sweet/savory style of dip. I paired together smooth cheeses with Simply Artisan Gorgonzola Cheese, walnuts and pears. The outcome was a delicious spread that paired perfectly with fresh Bavarian pretzels.

I love how traditions give me something to look forward to every year. The annual Oktoberfest party that we attend signifies to me that fall is here and is a great way to celebrate a new season with friends. What are some of the traditions that you have that signify the fall season? Is there an event that you attend every year that reminds you that summer is over?

Pear Obatzda Recipe

Serves 6-8 | Finish in 15 Minutes

Everyone who loves Gorgonzola knows that there's nothing better than the combo of pear and Gorgonzola. Turn it into a dip with this Pear Obatzda  and you've got yourslf a new favorite!


  • 4 tbsp. Coarsely Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 tsp. Brown Sugar
  • 5 oz. Litehouse® Simply Artisan Gorgonzola Center Cut
  • 3 ½ oz. Cream Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Pear Chips
  • Crackers and Pretzels, for serving


  1. Fry the walnuts in a frying pan without oil, stirring constantly until they are golden brown in color. Remove from the pan and let them cool.
  2. Peel, quarter and core the pear. Cut it into small cubes. Place the pear into the frying pan, sprinkling the sugar over the top. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until the pear is light brown and the sugar is caramelized. Remove the pear from the pan and allow it to cool.
  3. In a bowl, break up the gorgonzola cheese with a fork into small pieces. Add in the cream cheese and mix together. Stir in the walnuts and the pears, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle additional walnuts over the spread before serving with pear chips, crackers or pretzels.

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