Thursday, July 31, 2014

August 2014 - Overview

Holidays (Federal or Bavaria specific)       
August 15 Mariä Himmelfahrt - stores closed
School holidays July 30- September 15

Events (by no means a complete list)

Aug 2-3 Middle Ages Fest
Aug 3 - Open Sunday 1pm-6pm 

Through August 21 - Erlangen goes fit! FREE fitness classes outdoors every Thursday. Near   Röthelheimbad
July 3 - August 8 Schlossstrand Erlangen, Erlangen´s city beach! Open daily.
August 1-3 Altstadtfest 
August 6-28 Summer Night Film Festival
August 7-10 Büchenbach Kirchweih
August 10 Africa Fest 
August 15-17 Tennenlohe Kirchweih
August 21-28 Augustmarkt, Schloßplatz clothes, house hold goods, kitchen stuff and more.
August 23-24 Erlanger Marktplatzfest 


Through August 13 Nürnberg goes fit FREE fitness classes for adults and children. Various days of the week, see link for schedule. 
August 1- 3 Bardentreffen (link in English) Free! Over 200,000 visitors will come see musicians (including Billy Bragg) on 8 stages. 
August 2 Christopher Street Day 
August 6-30 Summer Night Film Festival
August 9 Beauty Day with AfroONatural - hair and beauty products and demonstrations specifically for those of African descent. Entry €10-25
August 15-16 Brückenfestival under the Theodor-Heuss Bridge
August 23 (also 9/27, 10/11, 10/25 and 11/15) GPS Scavenger Hunt. €29,99
August 24 (also 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/15) Krimispiel They create a "crime" you and your friends/family play detective and try to solve it! Tickets €45, children under 10 free. 
August 24 Rocky Horror Picture Show, Katharinenruine


July 25 - August 4- Annafest Forcheim- SUPER fun beer festival in the Forcheim Kellerwald. Wear your Dirndl! Almost half a million visitors come every year. Link in English.
July 31- August 3 Bike and Music Weekend Geiselwind Amusement Park. 15 bands, motorcycles, souped up cars from the USA. 
August 1-17 Bamberg´s Jazz and Blues Festival. Program here. Free. Note: If you are interested in seeing a particular show, pay attention to the location. It is at the Böhmerwiese (between train station and inner city) the first 3 days, and the last 2 weeks are either in the inner city, or outer suburbs. 
August 2- Agnostic Front, Murphys Law and more (hard core bands- in English) Schweinfurt Tickets €21,90
August 3- Shamrock Castle 2014 Bammersdorf/Eggolsheim (Fränkische Schweiz) Celtic festival with bands,  including Kilkenny Knights! Tickets €43
August 14-17 One Race Human Festival Aschaffenburg African and Caribbean festival! Featuring Wyclef Jean. Tickets from €10
August 15-17 Family Fest and Kellerkerwa, Forcheim 
August 15-17 Rock n´Heim, Hockheim Featuring Outkast
August 21-25 Sandkerwa, Bamberg´s answer to Oktoberfest. I personally don´t recommend it with children.
August 23 Pyro Games Erfurt, Messe Dueling fireworks set to music. Tickets start at €14,40 single. Family tickets also available. 
August 28-September 7 Weinparade, Wine Festival, Würzburg

Other things to do? 

Visit the city beach in Würzburg. 

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 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.

It´s the height of the local produce season......enjoy! 

Things to hoard stock up on now, as they are going away quickly!
Local garlic

Things cropping up (pun intended) ;)

Local eggplant
Local broccoli
Pumpkin (Hokkaido)
Local peppers

What in the world is that?

Photo: Wikipedia

Kohlrabi (same name in English). What to do with it (after peeling the outer layer)? 

Make soup! Or kohlrabi and carrot soup
Make a traditional German side dish

Or, my favorite way, make kohlrabi schnitzel! 
Recipe google translated from with my changes.

Ingredients for 3-4 servings 

1 kohlrabi 
2 eggs 
1 broccoli 
1 shallot (or 1 onion) 
200 ml cooking cream
sliced  almonds 
chicken broth

Peel kohlrabi and slice into 3/4 mm slices. Boil in chicken broth about 5 minutes. 

Dry the slices, dip in flour, egg, breadcrumbs. Repeat for thicker coating. 

Blanch broccoli florets for a few minutes in the leftover and re-boiled broth. 

Fry the "schnitzels" in a pan with oil or butter. Keep them in a warm oven when browned.

Cut the shallot or onion into small pieces and cook with butter in a pot. When they become translucent, add the cream, salt and pepper. After the cream has boiled briefly, add broccoli. 

Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes.

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