German Kulturfest at the Hjemkomst Center is a fun-filled day for the whole family, held on Saturday, September 16, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The event highlights the prominent German heritage and history of our community with a variety of performers, artists, craftspeople, food, beer, science, imports, and classic films.
Main Stage Entertainment
In our food and beer hall, we’ll be hosting two old-time Minnesota oompa bands: Dale Dahmen and the Beats from 10:00AM to 12:45PM and Kris Keltgen and the Riverbend Dutchmen from 1:15PM to 4:00PM. The two groups show off their own German heritage with both contemporary spins and traditional polka styles.
(Kris Keltgen and the Riverbend Dutchmen)
The two bands will be separated by a performance from the Fargo-Moorhead Opera — performing several German selections from their past repertoire and their upcoming season — and punctuated by a performance from accordionist and minstrel performer Aimee Klein, who begins her set on the main stage at 4:00PM.
German and German-American Foods and Beer
Perhaps the star of our annual celebration, the food at German Kulturfest is fantastic and the festival offers one of the few times and places where you can sample such a broad swatch of the German and German-American culinary tradition. Rex Cafe chef Kelly Wambach works to to commemorate the German-American experience (and his own German-American heritage) with bratwurst, smoked pork loin, currywurst, spaetzle, borscht, potatoes and cabbage, red cabbage, Bavarian sauerkraut, traditional sauerkraut, and herring & tomato salad.
The entrees and sides will be supplemented with a variety of German-style beers from Fargo Brewing Company and “Foods for the Brave,” a smattering of traditional German and German-American frontier foods for people with peculiar tastes or a daring disposition: headcheese, pickled pig’s feet, and beef tongue.
Dessert will be provided by Karen’s Kuchens, the work of a local pastry chef with a flair for German taste who will be bringing German Chocolate Cookies, Root Beer Float Cookies, Cashew Cookies, and Pecan Icebox Cookies, as well as a dozen varieties of kuchens, available by the slice and in bulk (almond creme, apple, blueberry, caramel apple, chocolate chip, cottage cheese, German chocolate, juneberry, peach, prune, rhubarb, and strawberry rhubarb).
The German Village
We encourage you to move beyond the food, beer, and music, and explore the German Village, constructed throughout the Hjemkomst Center. We’ve assembled another collection of educators, entertainers, and vendors to share the histories of German and German-American contributions to both our local and national communities.
Seasoned vets like the Brademeyers (traditional German woodcarving and painting) and Evelyn Engle (Polish Bunzlau pottery imports) will be back, but we’re expanding our focus with a science booth from Inspire Innovation Lab, a scherenschnitte table from Sabrina Hornung, and a mini German film festival moderated by MSUM Film Studies’ The Film Loop (we’ll be showing both documentaries and classic German films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari).
Full Vendor List:
Evelyn Engle – Bunzlau Pottery
Germans from Russia – German Language and Heritage
Prairie Home Brewers — German Brewing
Fargo South German Club — German Languages
Margaret Brademeyer – German Painting
Fred Brademeyer – German Woodcarving
Anne Kaese – Medieval German Calligraphy
Karen’s Kuchen – Kuchens and Cookies
Sabrina Hornung – Scherenschnitte (German Art)
Inspire Innovation Lab – German Science
Concordia German Club – German Language and Literature
MSUM’s The Film Loop – German Films
Concordia College – German Reformation History
Aimee Klein – German Accordion Selections
Carrie Reinke – German Feather Trees
DB Reality Rocks – German Stone Jewelry
In the Chips – Traditional German Woodcarving
Kommen und Feiern!
Admission for the festival is $5 (Children 12 & Under: Free with a Paid Adult) to help offset the fees for performers and vendors.
For more details, please contact HCSCC Communications Coordinator Davin Wait at (218) 299-5511, ext. 6733, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about accessibility and accommodations, please contact HCSCC Programming Director Markus Krueger at (218) 299-5511, ext. 6738, or email@example.com.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead. Overflow Parking will be available in the Moorhead Center Mall Parking Lot, with shuttle service to and from the Hjemkomst Center.
Support Our Supporters
German Kulturfest is sponsored by Fargo Brewing Company, Moorhead Rotary, Moorhead Public Service, The Arts Partnership, Inspire Innovation Lab, and the FM Opera.