Event in NJ – Fifth Annual Grove Street Oktoberfest

In two days – October 7, 2010 – Jersey City, NJ will see its fifth Grove Street Oktoberfest. Come down and watch the exciting two-block parade, and then stay for the great block party afterward! The festival will be complete with a traditional biergarten (beer garden), Oompah bands, and German food.  Stop by Bar Majestic” for authentic German cuisine, as well as seasonal beers.  The menu will include wurst, schnitzel, red cabbage and sauerkraut, and potatoes.

Times and directions are as follows:


Thursday, October 7, 2010

4:00pm: Two-Block Parade

4:00pm – Midnight: Oktoberfest Party


On Grove Street, two blocks south of the Grove Street PATH Station, and across from City Hall

The event is free of charge, while food and beverages can be purchased at the event.

Rotkohl – Red Cabbage Recipe

Rotkohl is a staple in Germany. While there are good German red cabbage products at places like ShopRite, making it from scratch can be very satisfying. Here is a great recipe that will remind you of Oma’s home cooking.

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation Time: 1 hour 30 minute.
Portions: 6.


  • 1 medium head red cabbage, cored and sliced
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water

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Milchreis II – Milk Rice Pudding Recipe

A second variation of milchreis which is has slightly less fat than Milchreis I.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 45 minutes.
Portions: 3.


  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup long white rice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins

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Milchreis I – German Milk Rice Pudding Recipe

This is a great comfort food for breakfast or dessert.  You will find this on German menus quite often, and kids love it. There are many slight variations, but this recipe is a good start.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 45 minutes.
Portions: 4.


  • 1 cup short grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Fall 2010 – Oktoberfest in Warren, NJ

OKTOBERFEST – PUBLIC INVITED.  Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Join us at FOREST LODGE, 11 Reinman Road,  Warren, NJ 07059, (908) 754-7300.  There’s Bernie’s Orchestra, German/American Foods, Special Performance by The Sängerchor of Clark.  The Kids will keep busy with Carnival Booths, Inflatables, and Amusement Rides.   There’s a Vendor Fair too!   Bring your family and friends!   It’s going to be a great day!!   This event will happen RAIN or SHINE!   There’s plenty of covered seating under the Pavilions throughout the park.   Admission $6.00 per person. Children under 10 years old – FREE Admission!  VENDORS WANTED! Email; Oktoberfest2010@aol.com for details.

Maibock Festival

Title: Maibock Festival
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Link out: Click here
Description: The May Bock beers from Germany are in! Come in Saturday to hear live Oom-pa music, and drink the beers of the season. Begins Friday, and ends on Sunday at Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City.
Start Date: 2010-05-21
Start Time: 17:00
End Date: 2010-05-23

Faschings-Pfannkuchen – Carnival Jelly Donuts Recipe

Also called Berliner in Northern Germany, these are tasty jelly-filled doughnuts or rounds, that are not only a staple of Faschings (Carneval), but also Silvester (New Years Eve).  While many Germans will pop into their local bakery for a fresh batch the morning of the festive day, these can also be made by hand within a few hours.

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation Time: 2 hours.
Portions: 2.5 dozen.

Ingredients:Berliner Doughnut

  • 4 1/2 – 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package fresh yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 4 egg yolks (reserve whites, see Step 8 )
  • canola oil for frying

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Gurkensalat – Cucumber Salad Recipe

German restaurants typically serve various salads with a meal.  It could be as simple as Weisskraut and Mohrrüben, but there is always some colorful arrangement of vegetables to accompany the dish.  One such salad is cucumber salad.  This is a nice salad anytime of year, but would be especially nice on a warm, Spring day.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Portions: 3 – 4.


  • 2 large salad cucumbers (English cucumbers would work nicely)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 tbs. white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs. sugar
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • fresh parsley
  • tarragon
  • fresh dill

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Eierpunsch mit Rotwein – Egg punch with Red Wine Recipe

This is a festive holiday drink, made to serve family and friends to celebrate Christmas and New Years (Silvester).  You may also substitute the wine with a non-alcoholic version.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Portions: 2 – 3.


  • 1 bottle of red wine (750 ml)
  • 4 eggs (or 8 egg yolks)
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • one packet of vanilla sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • splash of lemon or lemon juice


  1. Whisk the sugar into the eggs (or egg yolks) and add a little cold red wine, and then beat vigorously.
  2. Add the vanilla sugar, mixing in thoroughly.
  3. Add the remainder of the red wine and heat with some cinnamon, cloves, and lemon juice.
  4. Just before it comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat. Strain and let cool a bit.
  5. Serve hot and foamy.

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