Is Halloween Celebrated in Germany?

Is Halloween Celebrated in Germany? While Halloween has no roots in the German culture, over the years the country has embraced this spooky and exciting holiday and added their own spin to it. While it may not be a traditional German celebration, it is common to see pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns on door steps throughout Germany and Austria by mid-October. In at least five of the sixteen German states, the day after Halloween is a public holiday. November 1st is All Saints Day, known as Allerheiligen in Germany and many schools and businesses are closed. This ...

The History of Oktoberfest

  More than just a great excuse to drink some delicious German beer; listen to German music and dine on some classic German food – the Oktoberfest is a German tradition with a long and rich history. Traditionally beginning in the middle of September and running through the first week of October, Oktoberfest is a German festival that celebrates food, drink and fun! Oktoberfest originated in Munich Germany on October 12, 1810 in celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were ...

Awesome Autumn Brews

The month of September can be a melancholy time for many people. It’s not easy to say goodbye to the careless, warm days of summer, fun summer activities and daylight that lasts until well into the evening. And to add to that feeling of anguish - for children and many adults alike – September means going back to school! Once you accept the inevitable however, there are many things to embrace about September and the upcoming autumn months! With September come cool and crisp days, colorful leaves, pumpkins, apples and campfires to roast marshmallows. Break out your ...

Enjoy the Summer on Long Island!

There are so many great things about the summer here on Long Island. To start we have beautiful warm weather from June through September. Surrounded by water, there’s the stunning Atlantic Ocean on the south shore and the cool Long Island sound on the north shore. Long Island also has many charming local villages that feature eclectic “main streets” that offer so many shopping, dining and strolling options. From end to end, Long Island is a great place to enjoy the summer months, whether it’s on the beach, in your backyard or at your favorite local restaurant ...

German Beers to Enjoy in the Summer

The summer months offer so many options for beer drinkers. Sure, there’s always swimming, boating and going to the beach, but in the summer there are also some terrific seasonal beers to enjoy. Often these beers are only released for a limited time, so if you want to enjoy something new and maybe a little lighter and more refreshing in the warm summer months – try a summery German beer! Now the words, “summery German beer” may sound like an oxymoron because often when people think of German beer, they think of heavier, darker brews and lagers. And while ...

Fun German Food Facts

German food is rich in tradition, taste and history. While many of us enjoy an occasional savory dish of sauerbraten, a grilled bratwurst or heavenly piece of apple strudel, how much do we really know about German food and its traditions? We have compiled a list of some fun and interesting facts about German food and food related customs and traditions from the past to the present. Pork is the most consumed meat in Germany. "Kaffee" is similar to the British tea time. This is a break taken by German folks sometime between lunch and dinner, to enjoy a cup of ...

Top German Foods

German food is rich, hearty and extremely delicious! Many people consider German inspired dishes as the ultimate comfort food. While many different regions of Germany have their own regional versions of some classic German recipes, here is a list (in no particular order) of some of our favorite classic German dishes. Sauerbraten This is one of the most well-known and much loved German dishes! Sauerbraten which means “sour or pickled roast” is a pot roast that is often regarded as one of the country’s national dishes. It can be made prepared with many ...

Cold Beer and German Appetizers?

How about a cold German beer and some German appetizers? A German appetizer sounds somewhat like an oxymoron. When we think of German food – we often think of heavier and more filling foods like sauerbraten, potato dumplings and crispy breaded schnitzels – like wienerschnitzel or jagerschnitzel and huge platters of German sausages like bratwurst and knockwurst. And while these foods are always delicious and very filling – when you think of German food, you often don’t think of appetizers! The formal definition of the word appetizer is: a small portion of ...

Fun Facts About Germany and German Traditions!

While we know that Germany produces some of the best beer in the world and is famous for its traditional and flavorful foods – like schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerbraten and more, there are many other interesting facts about this historical country and its people! Here are some interesting facts about this historic central European nation: There are over 150 castles in Germany. There are over 35 dialects of the German language. Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, surprisingly - Czechoslovakia is first! College is free for everyone ...

Best Beers to Drink This Spring Season!

What’s more refreshing on a warm spring day then relaxing (preferably outside) and enjoying one of your favorite beers? Spring is great time to enjoy beer because many beer makers release seasonal and unique beers for the spring season! Whether you like a crisp brew, a wheat ale, a refreshing pilsner or an IPA, there are many options to choose from during the spring season. Classic spring styles of beer are often lighter-bodied with bright and fresh flavors that personify the season. Some spring brews may feature notes of fruit, citrus, floral and coriander. Brewers ...