Hikers walk through ‘old world,’ taste local food

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Clubs and associations of the Niederkirchen-Heimkirchen community will sponsor a culinary hike through the so-called “old world” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The first old world hike will lead participants on four to five kilometers through valleys, meadows and forest areas.

The “old world” is located in the valley of the Gelbbach creek in the northern part of Kaiserslautern County.

“I invite everybody to experience the landscape around Heimkirchen with its green meadows and woody hills,” said Martin Müller, mayor of the Otterberg Union Community.

Hikers can stop at nine locations along the route to taste culinary specialties. Recipes from grandma’s kitchen will be served such as meatballs with horseradish and sauerkraut, roast on a spit (suckling pig) with potato salad, goulash from game, beef salad with fried potatoes, bratwurst, smoked trout and salmon.

Vegetarians will have a choice of potatoes with white cheese and baked cinnamon rolls (rusty knights) with vanilla sauce. One stand will serve various bundt cakes and another one strawberry cake and cheesecake. Members of the women’s association Landfrauen will be in charge of the baking specialties.

Palatinate culture will be presented in the biggest farming museum of the region. The Pfleger family will grant free admission to their museum on Holbornerhof, which they opened after stopping farming. Visitors will see agricultural equipment, tools and many items from former times. The family displays a big collection on four floors documenting a farmer’s life.

The Niederkirchen Music Association will provide the musical entertainment.
“I hope all visitors will enjoy this unforgettable event and I wish them a lot of fun on their hike,” Müller said.

Culinary hikers can start from five different parking lots in the village.
For more information, visit www.otterberg.de.

Heimkirchen is a part of Niederkirchen (zip code 67700) and located 16 kilometers north of Kaiserslautern.

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