Germanfest preparations underway

Krautstrudels baked fresh for Germanfest

TOPEKA, Kan. – Volunteers are hard at work preparing for Germanfest.

Germanfest starts Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday at Sacred Heart – St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Topeka. The event is a fund raiser for the parish and for Holy Family School.

About 50 to 100 volunteers gathered in the church basement to prepare German food throughout the week.

Maureen Steinbock, who’s been leading the food preparation aspect of Germanfest since 1974, says Krautstrudels are the most popular draw.

She said, “It’s homemade bread dough.Then we take cabbage, hamburger, onions, and our seasoning, and we make it into a form of a pocket.”

The pocket is coated in egg, baked, and sold by the box at Germanfest.

Jim Pierce is a member of Sacred Heart – St. Joseph’s Parish. He says he’s volunteered at Germanfest for 40 years.

“It is a pretty extensive job. We’ll probably end up with a yield around 7,000 after these couple days of intense work. There are probably 800 pounds of ground beef, a thousand pounds of cabbage and onions together, 50 cases of bread dough… The list just goes on and on and on. It is a pretty big project.”

Germanfest will provide a feast of menu items at its Saturday and Sunday buffets, including sauerbraten, german sausage, german potato salad, and bratwurst.

There will be a Bier Garten, live music, and outdoor activities.

You can also enter a raffle drawing for a 1930 Ford Street Rod.

Other prizes include a laptop computer, 42” flat screen TV, a $250 Dillon’s gift card, a hotel stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, among others.

Click here for more information on the weekend’s events.

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