No matter how many years go by, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to spell Bauernmarkt correctly. I have to copy/paste it every time it shows up. You’ll find the Farmer’s Market to the left of Germany and the Snow White Meet and Greet.
The Toasted Pretzel Bread replaces last year’s Currywurst and the Ayinger Hefeweizen arrives in place of the Schofferhofer selection.
Despite a relative lack of new items, we still ordered one of everything.
Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce – $4.25
This was a bit of a disappointment. The price is up 50 cents compared to last year and despite the plural used in the description, the tray arrived with just one pancake.
Here’s last year’s, which I gave an 8/10 on taste with the flavorful, fruity applesauce that still retained a little bit of a crunch that contrasted well against what were actually two large, fluffy pancakes. This year, it might as well have been Mott’s Apple Sauce squeezed on top of a small bland circle of potato that didn’t benefit from any onion flavor whatsoever. Very sad.
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.50
I enjoyed this one just about as much as last year’s, though it does arrive with less stuff on top.
There’s last year’s. But the ham is still meaty, the onions are still sweet and expertly grilled, and the herb-y sour cream is still cool and refreshing. I think it’s worth getting, particularly considering it’s priced lower than the majority of other items.
Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese – $5
While far from our most attractive-looking dish, this baked-potato-looking hunk of pretzel dough served hot and packed with melted cheese and delicious ham was a favorite of the Festival. The pretzel bread is soft and chewy with a golden brown, salted crust. What is probably not actually Gruyère melts perfectly with its usual nutty quality that complements the meaty saltiness of the ham well. Just close your eyes and eat it because nobody should be making a stop in Italy and you might starve to death before you make it to The Smokehouse otherwise.
Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.25
Hmmmmmmm…this or the Berry Buckle…this or the Berry Buckle…
The strudel is restaurant quality – stuffed with a sweet, creamy, rich cheese filling that was complemented nicely by the burst of berry compote on top and a dash of powdered sugar to bring everything together. The crust was light and flaky and did a good job of adding a crispy texture without getting in the way of the main event. Get the Berry Buckle during the heat of the day and the Strudel after the sun goes down.
Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
All fans of sparkling wine should consider this one – The elderflower liqueur adds a refreshing floral element that helps cut some of the bitterness of the wine and the hint of mint mellows the drink even further. A really delicious blend and unlike the majority of the drinks that we’ve run into that are 93.6% sugar, almost completely alcohol.
Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.50
The Paulaner is a light, refreshing, straightforward lager with a crisp finish. Very drinkable, particularly as temperatures rise.
Ayinger Bräu Weisse Hefeweizen – $4.50
This hefeweizen is more refreshing than most without the overbearing clove and banana that you’ll find in a lot of domestic entries. Of course, that fact will be disappointing if you’re looking for those flavors. But it’s a very good wheat beer with a well-balanced blend of citrus, grass, and hops.
Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.50
I’ll admit that I’m partial to the Köstritzer largely because saying “bring me the Schwarzbier” in a terrible Arnold Schwarzenegger accent is one of my favorite things. But it’s a very smooth beer with the usual coffee, caramel, and roasty malts present. It’s lighter and crisper than a lot of similarly tasting beers that would fall closer to the porter or stout varieties.
Overall, Bauernmarkt (if that’s how you spell it) is one of the strongest Outdoor Kitchens at the Festival and most people should consider a stop. Hopefully the issues with the Potato Pancake with Apple Sauce were first day jitters and it will return to form down the line. Otherwise, it’s hard to go wrong here no matter what you’re in the mood to order.