BY MICHELLE WAHLERS
This past Saturday I decided to spend the rapture at Maifest on the Hudson. Located at Pier 81, this traditional German event marked the beginning of summer complete with the May pole, dancing and music. And of course, food!
The skies parted for the first time in what seemed like months, and the atmosphere on the pier was celebratory and warm. We began by purchasing tickets, at 4 dollars each. These tickets were the currency for food and drinks. The first stop was the beer vendor where we got huge beersteins ($20) filled with Paulaner. My first wurst of the day was the “classic” which was filled with pork and beef. I covered it with sweet mustard and enjoyed it while looking out at the Hudson. It was satisfying, a basic wurst a bit spicy and bursting with juice. Surprisingly, the mustard sort of saved it; it was sweet with an edge of spicy. Onto my second wurst, to accompany my second liter of beer. This time I put a heap of sauerkraut on it, and I think I can safely say that I like sauerkraut! The first time I was convinced it was just a fluke, but I think I am a devout convert now. This “sour cabbage” was an excellent yet basic topping, and I went a little overboard and drenched my fries in it as well. It’s all or nothing with me. My boyfriend got a pretzel which was different from the pretzels one picks up at a vendor on the street. This had a crusty and almost sweet exterior, and was piping hot. The inside was a bit bland and dry, but nothing some of that delicious mustard couldn’t fix!
As you can tell from my previous post I am smitten with German culture, and the authentic clothes and music were delightful and fun. I’m not one for “yacht club culture” so the crowd was a bit infuriating at times, but the people running the show, the dancers and musicians were enough to keep me smiling. Oh, and the people doling out beer and wursts are always friends of mine so I will continue to celebrate Maifest.