The Pennsylvania Germans are famous for their food There probably is no other place in the nation where visitors can find as many original Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies or in such abundance than at the Kutztown Folk Festival
It's a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition that meals should be scrumptious and plentiful, and this fact is fully understood at the festival. Tasty selections abound, with items ranging from snacks to lunches and dinners. There are full-course, all-you-can-eat Pennsylvania Dutch family style ham and chicken dinners, as well as a variety of home-made soups, sandwiches, and favorites such as sausage, chicken pot pie, corn fritters, funnel cakes, shoo-fly pie, and apple dumplings.
A festival tradition is the ox roast where a 1,200 pound ox is roasted on a spit over a bed of coals throughout the day. Generations of visitors to the festival have had their appetites whetted by the sight and smell of the massive beast.
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Another long-held tradition is the festival's 19th century bread oven, one of the oldest in Pennsylvania, where bread is baked daily. The aroma of bread draws visitors to the bake oven where they observe a baking process which dates back to the 19th century, and then buy some bread to bring home to their families.
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