I love Oktoberfest. In every city we have lived in, we have always tried to attend these fun festivals, and not just for the beer. In Oregon, the event was quite large in Mt. Angel and I have memories going back 30 years of attending. It was a place to have great food, hear wonderful polka music, buy all the dried flowers you could imagine and spend time with my family. We loved it!
Our kids have had a lot of opportunities to attend various festivals with our travels. This is one that they always love to attend (and the greek and Japanese)…we just love diversity and traditions! LOL
When we heard of this festival coming to Annapolis, we definitely wanted to attend. It is our first one on the East coast. I have to admit, it was different and smaller. I was looking for more authentic artwork, crafts and a "feel" of the culture. I realize that we may not have a large German community in our area and so we enjoyed what was offered. The food was great, especially the red cabbage…OH MY….very tasty.
I have listed below some tidbits of Oktoberfest and some word translations for the food items.
It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Copied from Wikipedia.
Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte)
In celebration of our attending this fest I made one of our favorite soups: Kraut and Brat Potato Soup. I have been making this soup for years. I am sure it's not an original creation but my family loves it. Ove the years I have learned a few things to really enhance the flavors. First, you must buy really good sauerkraut. I only use the stuff in bags. If you can make your own even better. If you want to have an excellent broth, you must add the kraut juice. You get the tart flavor in every bite. Secondly, you must fry the kraut before adding it to the soup and then you should add all the juices from the pan. This again, adds a richness to the flavor. Thirdly, it's always better the next day. I don't know why, it just is!
|This was a booth of 100 different hot sauces. Every bottle had a different name. WOW|
Isabella and Rye attended the festival and were able to enjoy themselves too. Rye picked up this really cute owl hat and Isabella made a hedgehog. Arts and Crafts are a sure way to ensure a 4 year old has a good time..LOL
Recipe: Kraut and Brat Potato Soup
4 cup chicken broth
The amount of sauerkraut and sausage you add is a personal choice. We like a lot so we would add the maximum listed. If this dish is new or the flavors are new for you, you may want to add the minimum and taste. You can always add more if you LOVE it.
1-2 cups of drained sauerkraut
2-3 Bratwurst sausages, remove casing