Like most Tulsans of German descent, I need a little somethin'-somethin' to get me through to Oktoberfest.
The perfect tide-me-over: the German-American Society of Tulsa's Germanfest.
The sixth annual Germanfest was kicked off Friday evening, bursting with food, music, German imports of interest and, of course, beer. On tap. In a building reminiscent of a church. It all felt so...German.
It's not too late to grab your lederhosen and head to the GAST building, just west of 15th and Lewis, for a generous dose of polka music and sauerkraut. The festival continues tomorrow (Sunday, May 3) from noon until 5 p.m.
Be sure to get nice and hungry before you arrive, because at Germanfest, there's always enough food to fill your tummy in every which way - especially out. Way, way out.
Pictured above is our second course: Potato pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) with applesauce, a dish I might just ask for if I ever find myself on death row and in need of a last supper, and apple strudel (Apfelstrudel). Before this we shared a Schnitzel (when you hear Schnitzel, think pork tenderloin breaded in homemade bread crumbs) sandwich on German rye with lettuce, tomato and pickle and a Schnitzel dinner, served with some to-die-for potato salad, a green salad and rye bread.
I was almost too full to dance to this:
Music by the Reuter Duo. Heini and Walter know how to please a crowd. They'll be playing Sunday from noon until 3.
Here's an idea: Round up the entire family and head out to Germanfest tomorrow after church for lunch. There's no admission fee, so why not? Plus, plenty of free activities are waiting for the kiddos to keep them out of the mud created by a week's worth of rain here in T-Town.
Because do you really need to eat another southwest egg roll Cajun barbeque ranch cheese wrap or a buffet massacre special No. 2? Smoked bratwurst and Polish sausage will look better on you, even if you're so unfortunate as to not have any ancestors from the Vaterland.