Kutztown Folk Festival showcases PA Dutch cooking

Patriot archive photo by Lisa Mitchell ¬ The Dutch Fries at the Lions Club stand brought Joyce Hohl, Fleetwood, to the 2013 Kutztown Folk Festival, as well as her granddaughters Rebecca Hohl, 9, and Sarah Hohl, 15, and daughter Leatha Babilon, Boyertown. They come every year.
Patriot archive photo by Roxanne Richardson ¬ Roasting ox at Kutztown Folk Festival.

The Kutztown Folk Festival is celebrating Pennsylvania Dutch cooking for the 65th year from June 28 to July 6. From homemade ice cream to a 1200-pound ox roast, the Kutztown Folk Festival provides a variety of traditional menu items that capture Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen culture.

The Kutztown Fire Company will prepare homemade corn pies, and the Kutztown Lions Club will add Dutch fries to the menu. Visitors can then watch traditional bread-making at the Festival’s outdooor stone bake oven, or stop by Virginville Grange to try an array of Pennsylvania Dutch specialties.

For meat-lovers, the festival offers sausage at Das Wurst Haus and schnitzel at Southern Specialties. For the ultimate in fresh meat, visitors can stop at Veon’s Food and order sandwiches made with meat from the festival’s 1200-pound roasted ox.

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Festivalgoers with a sweet tooth are also in luck: Cold treats from 4th Day Homemade Ice Cream and funnel cakes by Lucy and Rich Gressley highlight the culinary offerings of the Kutztown Folk Festival.

For visitors over the age of 21, the festival features a collection of award-winning wines from Pinnacle Ridge Winery, including its exclusive red and white festival logo wines. Paradox Winery of Chester County will debut this year, and Nectar of the Vine will showcase its specialty wine slushy and frappé.

New this year, the Kutztown Folk Festival will operate with newly expanded hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from June 28 to July 6, at the Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 North Whiteoak St., Kutztown. In celebration of extended hours, a new admission category is being offered for evenings only. The festival will close on Sunday, July 6 at 5 p.m.

With activities and entertainment for the entire family, this nine-day festival has something for everyone. Every year, more than 130,000 visitors flock to the Kutztown Folk Festival for Pennsylvania Dutch food of every variety, craft demonstrations, historical reenactments, traditional music, and dancing.

Demonstrations of traditional crafts by 200 juried American craftsmen, folklife demonstrations, historical reenactments, antiques, traditional music, and dancing associated with the PA Dutch run non-stop. The Quilt Sale features more than 2,000 American-made quilts. Children experience traditional, hands-on enjoyment in exciting new ways. Noah’s World animal park, hay mazes, do-it-yourself mural paintings, rides, and the children’s stage make this Festival a family experience.

Festival-goers can now enjoy hours of entertainment including the Mountain Folk Opry Stage Show. Modeled after the Grand Old Opry, the Mountain Folk Opry show is a two-hour traditional variety show with live music and entertainers. The family-friendly spectacle, hosted by musician and entertainer “East Side” Dave Kline, features a variety of guest musicians and folkloric entertainers who will present you with fast-paced, high-energy entertainment. For more detailed information and a full list of events, visit the official Kutztown Folk Festival calendar.

Additionally, the Kutztown Folk Festival VIP Package Contest is in full-swing. The package includes tickets to the festival, parking and seating, and a variety of vouchers. Entries, due June 22, are submitted via the festival Facebook page.

Also, Kutztown University alumni are given the opportunity to purchase Kutztown Folk Festival tickets at a reduced price. Every KU alumni is able to purchase up to 6 daily passes at the discounted rate. To purchase tickets, call the Alumni Engagement Office at 610-683-4110 or stop by the Wiesenberger Alumni House located at 15197 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information and for ticket prices visit KutztownFestival.com.