German Quark Streusel Cake with Fruit

german quark streusel cake with fruit

What about a Quark Streusel Cake with fruit to combine with a cup of German coffee or tea? My favorite German coffee is from Tschibo. This is an authentic and proven German recipe, you just have to make the quark which is not so difficult. There are also alternatives for quark – Curious what it is? Check out our article: Substitutes for Quark – If you cannot get the desired fresh fruit use alternatively frozen or canned fruit. Trader Joes or ALDI carry the sour cherries in the jar. Happy Baking!

Check this out: HOW TO MAKE QUARK
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Ingredients German Quark Streusel Cake

250 g butter
200 g sugar (or less depending on your taste for sweetness)
1 package vanilla sugar – 0.5oz
1 egg
1 dash salt
1 package baking powder – 0.3oz
500 g flour

1 kg quark
200 g sugar
1 package vanilla pudding – 1.5 oz (alternatively corn starch and vanilla extract)
juice of half lemon
1 egg
1 jar sour cherries or other fruit like raspberries or blueberries (fresh, jar or frozen) – 24oz

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Baking Instructions German Quark Streusel Cake

– Melt butter, let cool off.
– Combine all dough ingredients and knead until you get a crumbly dough.
– Keep 1/4 of the dough.
– Layer a high side baking tray (Height 2 inches) with parchment paper.
– Press 3/4 of the dough evenly on the baking tray.

– Pre-heat oven to 375 F (175 C).
– Mix all ingredients – NOT THE FRUIT – for the topping, and spread evenly over the dough.
– Place the fruit on top plus the remaining dough as Streusel (if you use frozen fruit, defrost it first and drain all liquid).
– Bake for 30-35 min on the middle rack.

Make a Streusel Cake with this Baking Mix – So Easy

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Halloween Recipes: Bloody Hands

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It is time for great Halloween recipes like the Bloody hands recipe. It is an original German recipe but it is easy to make. You find all ingredients for the German Halloween recipes on, Amazon or in your local super market. This is for sure a scary dessert!
The hands are made out of Dr. Oetker Vanilla pudding and the blood is made out of raspberries with cherry juice. Happy Cooking and Happy Halloween!

Ingredients Halloween Recipes Bloody Hands

2 packages of Vanilla pudding Dr. Oetker  – How to Make Vanilla Pudding –
1 liter milk
sugar as per instructions or to taste

For the Sauce:

250 g frozen raspberries, 2 tbsp sugar, 100ml cherry juice

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Cooking Instructions

– Make the pudding per instructions but don’t use too much milk, the pudding should be very firm, so use less.
– Fill pudding in 2 rubber gloves (without a powdery layer inside!). The best is to get some help of someone else. One person holds the glove, the other one pours the pudding into the glove. If you don’t have a helper, place the glove into a cup and pour the pudding in several steps and not at once.
– Close the gloves with paper clips, and keep them in the fridge for some hours so it will get firm.
– Put raspberries into a pan and bring them with sugar and juice to a boil; puree or mash them with a stick mixer, then let cool off. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
– When the hands are completely firm hold them briefly in hot water so you can remove the plastic gloves.
– Decorate the hands on a plate and pour the raspberry sauce over them. Cut off some finger to make it look really dramatic.

Black Forest Gugelhupf – Authentic German

The Black Forest Gugelhupf is a German bundt cake that is containing sour cherries which are sprinkled with “Kirsch Brandy” (Kirschwasser, the famous brandy from the Black Forest). If you don’t want to use brandy you might want to add some natural rum flavor which contains no alcohol. The cake should be made in a Gugelhupf form (bundt form) but if you don’t have one you can use a round baking form that has a tubular base; 9 or 10 inches diameter,  see below. Trader Joes or Aldi carries sour cherries. Happy Baking.

Ingredients Black Forest Gugelhupf

1 jar (24oz) sour cherries
60 ml Kirschschnaps (Cherry Brandy), alternatively rum or brandy flavor
100 g semi-sweet chocolate
200 g butter
300 g sugar
1 dash salt
5 eggs
400 g flour
3 tsp baking powder
100 ml milk
2 tsp cocoa, unsweetened
1 package vanilla sugar 0.3oz
– How to make Vanilla Sugar –
250 g powdered sugar
some butter and flour for the form

Baking Instructions

– Drain cherries.
– Drip with 30ml Kirsch brandy or add the rum flavor.
– Melt chocolate using the double boiler method:
Add water in a pan, place chocolate into a ceramic bowl that fits into the pan. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat, see how the chocolate is melting, stir accordingly.
– Mix soft butter, salt and sugar, add one egg after the other.
– Mix flour with baking powder, add alternating with milk.
– Part dough.

– In one part add cherries, the other part mix with molten chocolate, 1 tsp cocoa and vanilla sugar.
– Grease Gugelhupf form and dust completely with flour.
– Fill in light dough, on top fill dark dough, with a fork go through both dough in spirals.
– Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
– Bake cake for 60-70 min.
– Mix powdered sugar with remaining Kirsch Brandy and 2 tbsp water.
– If you like a two-colored glaze mix half of the glaze with 1 tsp cocoa.
– When cake is done add glaze(s) on top.

Alternative for the Bundt Cake Form
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The German Breakfast Box Makes a Great Gift!
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Bavarian Fleischkaese Recipe from Scratch

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This Bavarian Fleischkaese recipe is an original recipe from Germany. It differs a bit from the other one but it is also is a proven recipe. Don’t forget the ingredients might be a bit different in Germany despite the fact that they have the same name.

Ingredients Bavarian Fleischkaese

To make the so called Fleischbraet – for 1kg
60% lean pork
40% fat pork belly or 30% pork belly and 10% Speck without slab

Spices for 1 kg Fleischbrät
22 g curing salt – click to  Find Curing Salt Information
3 g white pepper, ground
Ground Spices and herbs, each 0,5 g:  Marjoram, Thyme, nutmeg and ginger
ice cubes: at least 300g per 1kg meat

Bavarian Fleischkaese Leberkaese Recipe
Cooking Instructions

1. Cut meat and refrigerate it. It must be very cold before handling it (shortly before freezing temperature).

2. Make at least 300 g ice cubes and before you start with the meat, shred and (ice snow) keep aside. Use mixer or any device that can shred ice fine.
3. Mix the very cold meat with spices, very fast as meat should not get warm.

4. Add meat to the grinder or food processor and grind it on high speed for about 1-2 minutes. Add grated “ice snow” and grind again thoroughly. You should get a fine but tough mass. That’s all okay.

4. You can do a test now if you like:
Bring water to a boil, then turn off. Take 1 tbsp of the meat mass and add it into the water. It needs to be firm and should not fall apart

5. Take a rectangle form that is cooled and grease it with taste neutral (expeller pressed) coconut oil or shortening (eg. from Spectrum – needs to be a grease that can be used for high cooking temperatures –  don’t use olive oil, other oil, butter or margarine; in Germany we use the grease Palmin or Biskin).
The grease should be sticking in the edges, that’s why the form needs to be very cold. You do this so the Leberkaese can get smoothly out of the form when done. Press the meat thoroughly into the form because you don’t want bubbles.

6. Use a dough scraper that you dip into cold water and smooth the surface, make a rhombic patter into the loaf by pressing the dough scraper into the loaf, don’t cut it.

7. Bake in the oven on 160 C for about 90 minutes until the surface browns slightly, if it wont get brown, use the broiler for 5-6 minutes.


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Bavarian Apple Turnovers – Apfelmaultaschen

bavarian apple turnovers

If you love sweet apple dishes the Bavarian Apple Turnovers, or Apfelmaultaschen, is the dish to make. It can be varied with Italian plums, and it tastes the best when served with a warm vanilla sauce. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Bavarian Apple Turnovers

300 g flour
1 tbsp butter
2 eggs
2-3 tbsp milk
1 tsp salt

125 ml milk
3-4 apples (depends on the size)
1 splash lemon juice
Optional: Cinnamon to taste and/or raisins soaked in apple juice (or brandy) for 5 minutes
sugar as needed

Cooking Instructions Bavarian Apple Turnovers

For the Filling
– Peel apples, remove core, grate fine. Don’t cut in pieces. Mix with cinnamon.
– Drip with lemon juice so they wont get brown. Set aside.
Make the Dough
– Place flour into a bowl, add salt.
– Add 1 heaped tbsp butter, egg and some milk to flour, knead dough for about 5 min very thoroughly. Dough should come off the bowl’s edges and should not be sticky.
– Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

– Mix 125ml milk with 1 egg, set aside.
– Sprinkle flour on a baking board or smooth surface.
– Roll dough evenly so you get 4 pieces of same size (cut with knife).
– Spread melted butter on each piece, add grated apples. If you use raisins add them.
– Fold in the sides, then roll each piece.
– Place apple pockets in a greased fire proof form.
– Bake for 10 min then add milk-egg mix over apple turnovers so they are covered. Maybe you need additional milk.
Baking time is 20-30 min.

Serve with Vanilla sauce. How to Make Vanilla Sauce – Go to The RECIPE –

Vanilla Sugar and Vanilla Sauce

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Authentic Swabian Cheese Spaetzle

cheese spatzle

You will love this recipe for authentic Swabian Cheese Spaetzle! This local recipe comes from a region named “Allgaeu”, a very popular region of the South  that is very close to Bavaria.
It’s a region that is famous for its various dairy products: Cheese, the milk, quark and yoghurts. Because the landscape is so lovely it attracts many tourists throughout the year.
During the winter season the mountains are inviting to ski while in summer you can do the most amazing hiking and biking tours.
The Allgäu is a very relaxing place on earth, and some people say, it must have been created by God. So are the food specialties of this region. It’s Southern German food for the soul! The German Cheese Spaetzle can be found on almost every menu of the local Inns.  Enjoy the Spaetzle with fried onions and a mixed salad. Happy Cooking.

Ingredients Authentic Swabian Cheese Spaetzle

400 flour
5 eggs
1 tsp salt
about 1/4 l cold water or mineral water
or 300 g dried Spaetzle
2 big onions
salt, pepper to taste
1 tbsp Butter
300 g grated cheese (Emmenthaler, Gouda, any cheese which melts easily but don’t use processed cheese)
water with some salt
optional: chopped chives or parsley

Swabian Spätzle from Bechtle included!

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Cooking Instructions  Spaetzle

– Sieve the flour into a bowl; add eggs, salt and water and mix it with a wooden spoon.
– Stir the dough until you can see bubbles. Maybe you have to add some more cold water.
– Melt butter in a skillet; peel onions and cut them in small rings. Fry them in the butter until light brown.
– In a big pot bring water to a boil. By using a wooden board or a Spaetzle maker,  make the Spaetzle. Stir often with a wooden spoon.

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– When the Spätzle are floating on the surface, they are done. Remove them with a skimmer, and keep in a fireproof bowl in the oven. Before you place them in the oven sprinkle some of the grated cheese on top.
– Repeat above step until the entire dough is gone.
– Peel onions, slice them.
– In a pan with some butter fry the onions until they are brown. Alternatively you can use the already made dried onions.
– Serve Spätzle on warm plates and place some add fried onions on each portion.
– Sprinkle chopped chives/parsley on top.

As a main dish serve the Cheese Spätzle with fried onions and mixed lettuce.

Beautiful Allgäu Countryside

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Where to Buy German Bread Online?

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Not long ago I came across bread products that caught my attention. Of course as a German I am missing the nice baked goods. I am still in love with German rolls and bread and, I am sure you know, it’s hard to find in the USA. You can find the items either in special German stores or online. In this article I am answering this one question:

Where to Buy German Bread Online?

There are not many places to find original German rolls and bread online. Especially over the last years with all complications regarding shipping, there are only a few companies left. Let me introduce “The German Brot Box” to you!
The Brotbox is a wholesome Bakery & Makes Bread that Takes Care of you
You can eat their bread without feeling guilty because it’s made out of only a few ingredients in a true German bakery.

German Rolls from the Brot Box

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Info at One Glance
– Baked in a German Bakery
– Non-GMO
– No additives or preservatives
– Baking time varies for each rolls – Baking Instructions are on package
– Amount: Each roll comes in a 5 pack
– The order does not ship frozen but with ice packs and insulation for protection against heat

               Pumpkinseed Rolls                                             Classic Wheat Rolls                                      
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             Stone Oven Buerli                                                Potato Carrot Rolls

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Low Carb Multi Seed Power Rolls
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All Rolls come in a sealed Bag with Handling Instructions – 5 Pieces
Keep the bag at room temperature for a while, pre-heat the oven, then bake them as instructed. Baking time is from 10 to 20 minutes.
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Pretzel Specialties from the Brot Box

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German Bread Specialties from the Brot Box

Swiss Farmers Bread
Bake the bread per the instructions, let it cool off a bit then cut it and hear the sound of the best crust ever! The crust is crunchy and the inside is soft. So lecker! I couldn’t resist and had a slice when the bread was still warm with just some good Irish butter. So good!

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All Your Favorites in One Box

If you love a good assortment of rolls and bread then these boxes below are ideal. You find all the goodies in one box. It’s a great selection and has something for any taste. Plus the box makes a nice gift for a beloved one. The large box comes with free shipping!

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Large brotbox assortment

ENJOY a GERMAN BREAKFAST with other Original German Items

A German breakfast is a wonderful meal. Especially with German rolls, jam, Müsli and coffee. All these items are in the convenient breakfast box from

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OktoberFest Events 2023 in USA and Canada

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The Munich Oktoberfest is the most popular and the originator of the Oktoberfest. In 2023 the 188th Oktoberfest is being held on the “Wies’n” for three weekends and the days in between.
Germany’s heritage is celebrated in the USA as well and many cities from NY to Seattle are holding an Oktoberfest. We are happy to show you where Oktoberfests are celebrated by state in America. has an Oktoberfest Box that contains packaged German specialties that make a great side dish for any Oktoberfest. Just add fresh ingredients such as Brats or meat.oktoberfest box


Auburn Oktoberfest
September 22-23, 2023, Auburn, AL

Cullman Oktoberfest
September 28 thru September 30, 2023, Cullman, AL

Rogers Oktoberfest
October 14, 2023, Railyard Park, downtown Rogers, AK

Four Peaks Oktoberfest
October 13-15, 2023, Tempe AZ

Flagstaff Oktoberfest
October 7, 2023, Flagstaff, AZ

Rogers Oktoberfest
October 14, 2023, Rogers, AR

Little Rocktoberfest
September 23, 2023, Little Rock, AR

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
September 17 thru November 5, 2023, Big Bear, CA

San Diego Oktoberfest
September 29 thru October 8, 2023, San Diego, CA

Old World Oktoberfest
September 17 thru Nov 5, Huntington Beach, CA, every Wednesday – Sunday Visit Oldworld here –

Vail Oktoberfest
September 15-17, 2023, Vail, CO

Keystone Oktoberfest
September 2, 2023, Keystone, CO

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Milford Oktoberfest
September 22-23, 2023, Milford, CT

Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest
September 15-17, 2023, Newark, Delaware

Wundergarten DC Oktoberfest
October 18- 19, 2023, Washington, DC

American German Club Oktoberfest
October 13-15 & 20-22, 2023, Lake Worth, FL

Cape Coral Oktoberfest
October 20-22 & 27-29, 2023, Cape Coral, FL

Helen Oktoberfest
September 7, 2023 Helen, GA

Oktoberfest Atlanta
Coming in 2024, Atlanta, GA

Oktoberfest Hawaii
September 24, 2023, Aloha Stadium, HI

Oktoberfest Old Boise
September 23, 2023, Boise, ID

September 15-16, 2023, Coeur d’Alene, ID

German American Fest
September 8-10, 2023, Chicago, IL

German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest
September 9, 2023, Frankfort, IL

German American Klub Oktoberfest
September -9, 2023, Indianapolis, IN

Terre Haute German Oberlandler Club Oktoberfest
September 15-16, 2023, Terre Haut, IN

Des Monaise Oktoberfest
September 22-23, 2023, Des Moines, IA

Northside Oktoberfest
September 23, 2023, Iowa City, IA

4 day tour oktoberfest

October 7, 2023, Wamego, KS

Oktoberfest Hays
September 29-30, 2023, Hays, KS

German American Club Gesangverein
September 8-9, 2023, Louisville, KY

Spencer County Octoberfest
October 7, 2023, Taylorsville, KY

Oktoberfest NOLA
October 13-14, 20-21,27-28, 2023, New Orleans, LA

Roberts Cove German Fest
October 7-8, 2023, Roberts Cove, LA

Saddleback Maine Oktoberfest
October 7, 2023, Rangeley, ME

Portland Oktoberfest
October 5, 2023, Portland, ME

Pierz Oktoberfest
August 26-27, 2023, Hagerstown, MD

Frederick’s Oktoberfest
September 29-30, 2023, Frederick, MD

Oktoberfest Massachussetts
October 14, 2023, Hadley, MA

Boylston SchulVerein Oktoberfest
September 9-10, 2023, Walpole, MA

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest
September 14-17, 2023, Franken Muth, MI

Oktoberfest Grand Rapids
September 29-30, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI

Saint Paul Oktoberfest
September 8-9, 2023, Saint Paul, MN

Twin Cities Oktoberfest
October 6-7, 2023, Falcon Heights, MN

Desoto County Oktoberfest
September 23, 2023, Southaven, MS

St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest
September 8-10, 2023, House Springs, MO

St. Charles Oktoberfest
September 22-24, 2023, St. Charles, MO

Whitefish Oktoberfest
September 28 – October 7, 2023, White Fish, MT

Bavarian Weisswurst with Sweet Mustard
Bavarian weisswurst with sweet mustard

German American Society Oktoberfest
September 15-16, 2023, Omaha, NE

Oktoberfest Family Festival
September 22-23, 2023, Norfolk, NE

Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest
September 8 – October 31, 2023, Las Vegas, NV

Oktoberfest Las Vegas Seven-oh-Brew
September 29 – October 2, 2023, Las Vegas, NV

4 day tour oktoberfest

White Mountain Oktoberfest
October 7-9, 2023, Lincoln, NH

October 1, 2023, Troy, NH

Mountain Creek Oktoberfest
September 16-17, 2023, Vernon, NJ

Cape-May-New-Jersey Oktoberfest
September 23, 2023, Cape May, NJ

Red River Oktoberfest
October 6-8, 2023, Red River, NM

Discover Ruidoso Midtown Oktoberfest
September 30, 2023, Ruidoso, NM

Oktoberfest NY
September 8 thru October 31, 2023, New York, NY

Steuben Parade
September 16, 2023, New York, NY

Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
October 7-8, 2023, Sugar Mountain Resorts, NC

Triangle Oktoberfest
October 6-7, 2023, Raleigh, NC

September 9, 2023, Jamestown, ND

Ashley Oktoberfest
October 7, 2023, Ashley, ND

Columbus Oktoberfest
September 8-10, 2023, Columbus, OH

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
September 8-10, 2023, Cincinnati, OH

Tulsa Oktoberfest
October 19-22, 2023, Tulsa, OK

Ponca City Oktoberfest
October 7-8, 2023, Ponca City, OK

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest
September 14-17, 2023, Mt. Angel, OR

Bavarian Roasted Chicken
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German American Society of Portland Oktoberfest
September 9, 2023, Portland, OR

Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest
September 9, 2023, Warminster, PA

Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest
September 6-30, 2023, Pittsburgh, PA

Newport Oktoberfest
September 16, 2023, Newport, RI

Oktoberfest at-The-Guild
September 16, 2023, Providence, RI

Newberry Oktoberfest
October 7, 2023, NewBerry, SC

Oktoberfest Charleston
October 14, 2023, Charleston, SC

Deadwood Oktoberfest
October 6-7, 2023, Deadwood, SD

Remedy Brewing Company Oktoberfest
September 24, 2023, Sioux Falls, SD

Nashville Oktoberfest
October 5-8, 2023, Nashville, TN

Crossville Oktoberfest
October 20-21, 2023, Crossville, TN

Oktoberfest Fredericksburg
October 6-8, 2023, Fredericksburg, TX

Austin Oktoberfest
November 14, 2023, Austin, TX

Snowbird Oktoberfest
August 12 thru October 15, 2023, Snowbird, UT

4th West Oktoberfest
September 30, 2023, Salt Lake City, UT

Stowe Oktoberfest
September 16, 2023, Stowe, VT

Oktoberfest Vermont Burlington
September 22-23, 2023, Waterfront Park- Burlington, VT

Bavarian Cream Dessert
Bavarian Cream Dessert


Lovettsville Oktoberfest
September 22-23, 2023, Lovettsville, VA

Vienna Oktoberfest
October 7, 2023, Vienna, VA

Oktoberfest Northwest
October 6-8, 2023, Puyallup, WA

Leavenworth Oktoberfest
September 29 thru October 14, 2023, Wenatchee, WA

Somerville Oktoberfest
August 22 thru October 7 2023, Summersville, WV

Weathered Ground Brewery Oktoberfest
September 30, 2023, Cool Ridge, WV

Kohler Falls Oktoberfest
September 8-9, 2023, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Milwaukee Oktoberfest
October 6-8, 2023, Milwaukee, WI

Downtown Cheyenne Oktoberfest
September 23, 2023, Cheyenne, WY

Oktoberfest and Golf Tournament
September 17, 2023, Saratoga, WY

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Spiritofreddeer Oktoberfest Alberta
September 23, 2023, Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta

September 8-9, 2023, Lethbridge, Alberta

British Columbia
Harvesthaus Oktoberfest
September 29-30, 2023, Vancouver, British Columbia

Maplemeadowsrotary Oktoberfest
October 9, 2023, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Winnipeg Oktoberfest
October 1-2, 2023, Winnipeg, Manitoba

New Brunswick
Oktoberfest Desacadiens
September 1-3,2023, Bertrand, NB

Newfoundland and Labrador
Oktoberfest NL
September 30 thru October 1, 2023, Mount Pearl, NL

St. John Oktoberfest
September 22-24, 2023, St. John’s, NL