Thursday, June 7, 2012

Travels to Germany: Catholic community having an outing

Even though I am no longer in Germany, there is still some news to report. Today, Catholic communities in Germany had a holiday (Corpus Christi) and the Catholic community in town decided to make a big event of it by combining the holiday with a community feast. This means lots of food and fun for everyone.
I got plenty of pictures that show how much food is being offered. While they do have plenty of meat, including the Spiessbraten I blogged about earlier, the highlight are always the donated items, specifically the salads and homemade cakes. The cakes and salads are in most cases restaurant grade, high quality products because the members of the local Catholic church take pride in showcasing the culinary abilities. So no matter how much you like a grilled sausage or a Spiessbraten, you always save space for dessert. All prices are very reasonable and the money collected is used for Catholic initiatives, with some money set aside for the Catholic kindergarten or the church maintenance.
As I said, lots of pictures to follow:
copyright Durhamonthecheap - yes women can grill too! Here is the grill with the sausages for the hungry guests!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Spiessbraten getting grilled - note the size of the grill and the real wood fire underneath!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - bazaar offerings, made by Catholic communities in developing countries
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Salad bar! a whole plate of just salad can be had for 2,50 Euro (around $3.15) - a bargain
copyright Durhamonthecheap - dessert bar, look at all these wonderful cakes, makes me hungry for some dessert!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - and because the cakes look so good, here is another picture of the dessert table!
This is an annual event and a major fundraiser for the community. All food preparation is handled by volunteers, with everyone chipping in, including the clean up! I would wager that the dessert selection on this one day is better than what you see in the local bakeries and cafes. Also note, the pictures of the dessert and salad tables were taken when the feast was well underway, so the selection had been decimated by hungry guests already!

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