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March 13, 2013

German Festival in Manila

Germany is most well-remembered for its centuries-old cultural heritage, industries and high standard of living, but the world associates it best with two iconic food symbols ? its flavorful beer and delectable sausages.
Now, Filipinos have the chance to explore German cuisine with the German Festival, with the Philippines’ top comfort food restaurant, Cravings, preparing a marvelous treat for German gourmands.

Dubbed as “The German Festival Meets the Manila Nightlife,” the four-day affair from March 13 to 16 is part of the activities of the month-long Manila Food and Wine Festival in the country. To cap this gastronomical feast, chef Michael Kruger from Cologne will be preparing special German food platters that are best served with locally brewed beer called Indio Pale Ale, created by Katipunan Craft, a Manila-based microbrewery.

Choose from these three mouthwatering dishes that features the best flavors and spices: Kasseler mit Sauerkraut und Kartoffelpürree, which is salted and smoked pork loin with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Sauerkraut, the famous German pickled cabbage known for its distinctive sour flavor, compliments the dark but savory flavors of the Kasseler in this traditional German gastronomy.

Beef lovers must also try Rindergulasch mit Semmelknödeln, or beef goulash with herb-bread dumplings. This famed European meat, noodles and vegetable stew gets sumptuous with paprika and other spices comes with its traditional pair, fragrant bread dumplings called semmelknödeln.

Those who favor fish might want to taste Schellfisch in Senfsoße mit Röstzwiebeln und Butterkartoffeln or haddock in mustard sauce with roasted onions and buttered potatoes. Haddock, a popular edible fish in Western Europe and the US, will get Filipino diners’ interest with its clean, white but flavorful meat gets richer with a tinge of mustard and a side dish that will surely delight first-time eaters.

Each of these German gastronomical offerings is priced for only P450, while the Indio Pale Ale is sold for P110 per serving. As part of the Manila Food and Wine Festival culinary festivities, people can have the German Platter and Indio Pale Ale combo for only P500 through the purchase of online tickets from Ticket Source.

The famed German food platters will be available in Cravings branches in Katipunan Avenue (Quezon City) and Fraser Place (Salcedo Village, Makati) and Cravings-affiliated restaurants CCA Market Café in Podium Mall (Ortigas) and LaB Gastropub in the Oceana Complex, SM by The Bay.

The second leg of the German Festival’s next stop will be Cebu City, from March 16 to 18, at the C2 Summit Circle Hotel.
Wednesday March 13, 2013 - Saturday March 16, 2013

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