Culinary hike takes place in ‘old world’

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
During the 5.5 kilometer culinary hike in Heimkirchen, participants can stop for breaks to taste food specialties. The hike takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. — courtesy photo

The “old world” culinary hike will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Heimkirchen. The scenic hiking route is 5.5 kilometers long and features 10 stations, where mainly Palatinate specialties from the “old world” will  be served
Heimkirchen is a part of Niederkirchen and is located in the northern part of Kaiserslautern County in the valley of the Gelbach creek, which is called “old world” on historical maps.
For those who like to start their hike with breakfast, scrambled egg sandwiches and pastries will be served until noon in the street called Am Schlauweg.
“Visitors of the culinary hike can experience our wonderful scenery around Niederkirchen and Heimkirchen,” said Harald Westrich, mayor of the Otterbach-Otterberg union community. “They will have great views onto the soft hills of the North Palatinate hill country, the green meadows and forests.”

Hikers are taking a break at one of 10 locations along the culinary hike in the old world, which this year takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. — courtesy photo

When taking a break at one of the 10 stations, hikers get to know regional food specialties such as bratwurst and pie made of game, pork roast with home made noodle salad, salted meat with sour beans and mashed potatoes, potato dumplings, smoked ham, smoked trout, cheese sticks and homemade cakes. Drinks include tap beer, various wines and liquors. Menus will be available in three languages: German, Palatinate and English.
An exhibition of chain saw works can be seen at station No. 1. Children can have fun on a jumping castle at station No. 4 and a barrel organ player will entertain the audience at station No. 8.
For the first time, free guided herbal hikes will be offered to the wildflower meadows.
“I recommend to visit the farmers museum on Holbornerhof to experience the development of agriculture in this region,” said Westrich. “I wish all hikers lots of fun on their hike through the ‘old world.’”
Hikers can start at any point of the hiking path. Signs will be posted.
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