Friday, January 31, 2014

February 2014 - Overview

February 2014

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific)

None!

Events (by no means a complete list)

Erlangen
Feb 1 Franconia's oldest antique and flea market (monthly)
Until Feb. 6 Lichtmessmarkt 
February 14-16 Garden Fair - regional exhibitors showcasing everything for your garden!

Nürnberg
Superbowl events: Albrechts Garten is having a party (reservations suggested), DAI also.
Until Feb 2 Latin American Week Sunday, Feb. 2 is the Intercultural Family Festival
All Month- DAI celebrates Black History Month. Highlights include a discussion on Dr. King's Dream at 50 (February 5)
Feb 4-9 Children's Theater Festival Panoptikum 
February 18 Children´s Reading Corner (all ages)
    DAI
February 7 or 28 Head to the Nuernberg Planetarium for Pink Floyd shows! (Dark Side of the Moon, or The Wall) Program Guide here (February begins on page 28)
Ongoing until March Segway Indoor Parcours (suitable for adults and kids 7+)
     An obstacle course........... on Segway´s!

Other
Various "Kinderfasching" celebrations. Google the term + city for times/locations
Feb. 1 Get your fish and chips at the Scottish Festival in Fuerth
Health Festival Bamberg (Note: LOADS of free samples!)
The Sochi Winter Olympics begin February 6
Berlin International Music Festival (February 6-16, 2014)

Other things to do? 

Kick-Fabrik - Nürnberg indoor soccer and mini-golf

Bowling (Google kegeln or bowling and your town´s name)

Visit an indoor pool or sauna- Atlantis is in Herzo, Nürnberg has many to choose from (link in    German), Bamberg has Bambados Can´t decide?  Schwimmbadcheck is an online review site for public pools, link is in English.

Ice Skating- Most cities have somewhere for ice skating (google Eislaufen and your town´s name).
Winterlaufen - When in Rome, or Germany as the case may be............get out there and take a long walk in the bitter cold invigorating air! Suggestion: Fränkische Schweiz (link in English)

Skiing - It´s not the Alps, but here´s a list of  39 ski areas in Bavaria. Link in English


Produce

Produce availability in Germany is VERY seasonal. Want fresh asparagus right now? Not likely.
Want to know when to expect what (of locally grown produce)? Click here  This also includes information about when to plant what in this area of Germany.

Things to hoard stock up on now, as they are going away quickly!
Chestnuts
Stalk celery
Celeriac
Green kale
Wirsing (Savoy Cabbage)
Gluehwein (not produce, but comes from grapes, so...whatever).

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)
Fresh local spinach (end of month)

What in the world is that?
Celeriac
Photo: allbritishfood.com
The root of the vegetable is one of my favorites! Mash it with alone or with potatoes, puree it, roast it with other root vegetables, or make a soup.

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