309 - Be a Bavarian for a weekend

By Lauren Gosnell

When it comes to Oktoberfest, Kitchener-Waterloo’s celebrations are the biggest of their kind in North America and second in the world only to Germany.

Today, Oktoberfest isn’t just for college co-eds, it’s a family celebration for people of all ages.

One of the largest parties in town is at the Concordia Club. Concordia has the feel of an authentic German beer hall. Bavarian flags line the ceilings, servers are decked out in dirndls and lederhosen and long trestle tables are lined with pitchers of frothy German beer.

Chef Andreas Christophersen cooks up some traditional Oktoberfest pickings like rouladen, and pig’s tail.

Although hard to find in Germany today, pig’s tail is especially popular during Kitchener’s Oktoberfest. The pork is served sweet, marinated in a bit of brown sugar.

It’s part of the legendary Oktoberfest Platter where you’ll get other favourites like Oktoberfest sausage - a mildly spiced pork sausage and schnitzel, a delicate strip of pork with a crispy outer coating, and of course a side of sauerkraut!

The rouladen is a tender strip of beef lined with mustard and topped with bacon, pickles, and onions. It is rolled up and marinated in gravy and served with a bread dumpling called a knödel, and some bright red cabbage on the side.

Apple strudel

For dessert, no one does an apple strudel quite like the Germans. Chef Andreas’ strudel is fresh, flaky and comforting – especially when served with a side of vanilla ice cream.

Of course, Oktoberfest wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without beer. Peter Pijet, President of the Concordia Club takes pride in their selection of real German beers like Hacker Pschorr - a light ale; Warsteiner - a clean and refreshing pilsner; and Schneider Weisse - a dark wheat beer with a clove-like aroma and hint of caramel flavour.

Delicious, authentic German meals like these are available at Concordia Club not just during Oktoberfest but all year round.

The Concordia Club
429 Ottawa St. S
Kitchener, Ontario