Germanfest at Maple Grove has its best year ever

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
'Bier Fraus' Kristina Corbett (left) and Mary Hitchcock served up Oktoberfest brews at the Maple Grove Germanfest on Oct. 26. Photos by Steve Smith.
'Bier Fraus' Kristina Corbett (left) and Mary Hitchcock served up Oktoberfest brews at the Maple Grove Germanfest on Oct. 26. Photos by Steve Smith.

Organizers of Maple Grove's 17th annual Germanfest said they had the biggest turnout ever. Fest-goers danced (and a few sang), hoisted their steins, and perhaps most importantly, ate. Kitchen volunteers worked feverishly to keep up with the demand for knockwurst, potato pancakes, sauerkraut and homemade applesauce (among the traditional German fare), but everyone left with a fully satisfied “bauch.”

Head chef Paul Denisky said the event usually has close to 200 attendees, but approximately 275 turned out this time around. “It was a record year for us,” Denisky said.

Jake Sadler – one of the event's coordinators – said the event has reached a bigger crowd, because it is simple and fun. “Everyone celebrates being German, whether they are actually German or not,” he said.

Volunteers really made the event happen, Denisky and Sadler said, adding that the "bier fraus" were a big hit.

The event serves as the club's primary fundraiser, and proceeds go toward the maintenance of the Maple Grove Clubhouse building in Rockville.

Denisky and Sadler said they may put a few changes together to try to get even more attendees next year. “We may have two seatings for dinner,” Denisky said.

For more information, visit www.maplegroveclub.com.


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