Sunday, May 25, 2014

June 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific)       
June 9 Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag)
June 19 Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) Churches in your area may have a procession
Schools closed for Whitsun Vacation June 10 - 21, 2014

Events (by no means a complete list)
Herzo
June 5 - 14 Open Air Cinema
June 5 - English Tea - entry €7,50  
June 20 - 22 Altstadtfest - Music and Craft Market 
June 22- Open Sunday

Erlangen
Through August 21 - Erlangen goes fit! FREE fitness classes outdoors every Thursday. Near   Röthelheimbad
June 5-16 Bergkerwa!!! Not to be missed! A local festival similar to Oktoberfest. 
June 5 - Film "There Will Be Blood" Free, in English VHS Erlangen
June 16 Erlangen Altstadt Day Festival 
June 27-29 Kirchweih Erlangen Bruck 
June 29 - July 1 Zollhausfest- Erlangen´s largest street festival 
June 29 - Altstadt Day 

Nürnberg 
Through August 13 Nürnberg goes fit FREE fitness classes for adults and children. Various days of the week, see link for schedule. 
June 5 Südwestpark Fun Run- Choose between 5k and 9,9k runs or nordic walks. Events for children as well. Last year had 1,400 participants. 
June 6 - 9 Rock im Park, Zeppelin Park - The concert event of the year for the area.       Metallica, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, Kasabian, The Offspring and more. 
June 14 - Hidden Gardens in Nürnberg- with the Alstadtfruende Nürnberg - Donations requested. See gardens behind the fortress not normally accessible to the public.
June 18 - 22 Franconian Beer Festival  Over 30 breweries participating!
June 27-29 - Gourmet Festival (Stein)- Great place to try new wines, buy fancy eats (sauces, cheese, marinades, etc)! Entry € day of. €7 beforeHerzo


Other
June 5 - 9 Bamberg Wine Festival, Maxplatz
June 6 - 7 Open Air theatre, CATS, the Musical, Weissenberg Tickets from €12-€24
June 6-9 Trucker and Country Music Festival, Gieselwind Entry from €7 to €17 per adult depending on day, Kids starting at €4. Monday is a holiday and also entry free! Note: the activities for kids look particularly good for little boys! 
June 6-8 New Orleans Festival, Fürth 
June 7, 21, 29, July 5, 19 Saturday Night Cruise- rolling car museum- featuring classic cars.  Meeting point Stadler Parkplatz - Free 
June 8- Blues Night, Schweizer Keller, Forchheim - live band, burgers, (beef!) steaks, grilled corn on the cob! and more. Entry free. 
June 16- World Cup- Germany/Portugal - your city may have public viewings
June 21 - Wine Festival in Wine Country, Kolitzheim (near Schweinfurt) 
June 21 - World Cup - Germany/Ghana - check for local public viewings
June 22- Bryan Adams (of "Summer of ´69", etc. fame) Bad Kissingen 
June 26 - World Cup- Germany/USA - check for local public viewings


Other things to do? 

Fuego Latino (Nürnberg)  has many dance classes you can try Salsa, Merengue, Bachata- with daily passes from €3-€8

Nürnberg´s Experience Park is fun for the whole family! See- touch- feel- smell Open until September 19, 2014. 

It´s wine festival time! With so many wineries in the lower Franconian region there´s a festival every weekend. Check out the list (in English) here (in English). The area is about one hour from Nürnberg by train. 

Find a local Beer Keller here! 

Pick your own berries and currants, and even asparagus! click here or here for a few places in the Nürnberg area. Check the individual websites for more information. 

Kerwa (or Kirchweih) season is here! Click here for a list of local festivals. Wondering what a Kerwa is? See our previous post

Missing the beach? Try Summer in the City in Nürnberg to hang out or play in the sand. 

Explore our area´s many bike paths! (For a Nürnberg map of bike paths, click here) For other cities, start with a google search of your city´s name and Fahrradweg). Maps are available in most book stores for under €5. 

Beer kellers and gardens that closed for the season begin to re-open! Try Forchheim´s famous Kellerwald (click here for map and description in German). It´s little less than 30 minutes train ride from Nberg Hbf and then a bit of a walk. 


Head out to a local soccer game. The season reopened end of February. Tip: For those with children with short attention spans, some clubs offer free admission for the second half.


Visit a 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.

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!
Spargel! Last month for it! See post on it here

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)

Local Beans
Local Broccoli
Local (called new or frisch- in Bamberg- the Spitzwirsing) Wirsing
Local Strawberries! 

What in the world is that?

Schwäbisch Kehl (Wirsing)
Wirsing (Savoy Cabbage) - popularly prepared here with cream as a side dish.
My "recipe"? 
One head Wirsing
200 ml Kochsahne (cooking cream- I use the 10% fat version)
One onion
Chicken (or veggie broth) 
salt/pepper/Schmalz if you have it (a fat)
Make at least 1L broth, boil and shred the wirsing. Let it cook until all is bright green (even the white parts should turn green, so add them too). Add more broth as needed. 
Mince onion and saute in butter until soft. 
With strainer, take wirsing out of the pot with a bit of broth. 
Use a hand blender to puree until smoothish
Add Sahne (cream) and blend quickly once more. 
The end result should be creamy, not too liquidy, so add broth while blending, with caution, OR, add sahne at the same time. 

Bamberg Spitzwirsing is a different variety, and looks like this

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