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Versatile Sauerkraut is king in Waynesville
Phyllis Steinberg is a food and travel writer in Florida. Her food columns
appear in several papers in South Florida.
Sauerkraut is king in Waynesville, Ohio. I recently had an opportunity to visit this charming mid-western city and learned that sauerkraut has played an important role in the community and has for more than 30 years.
The community held its first Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in 1969 and villagers from miles around hailed the high culinary, economical and cultural qualities of the food that has been around for more than 5,000 years. There were homemade kraut contests and the festival grew from 4,000 to 250,000 visitors. Booths line the streets of the Waynesville, bands play and visitors consume sauerkraut in every conceivable form. Last year more than 250,000 visitors came to the city to attend the Sauerkraut Festival and stroll the downtown area with its many antique stores.
This versatile food can be used to make everything from main dishes to desserts. I am including some of the recipes from the Waynesville cookbook One Nation Under Sauerkraut by Dennis E. Dalton. Surprise and delight family and friends with the recipe for Sauerkraut cookies and if you love sauerkraut, the Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival is always held in the fall. For more information about the festival, visit the website at: www.waynesvilleohio.com
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