Rodenbach’s culinary hike features nature, food specialties, fun

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Courtesy photoParticipants of the culinary hike near Rodenbach can stop at eight locations to taste food and wine.
Courtesy photo
Participants of the culinary hike near Rodenbach can stop at eight locations to taste food and wine.

The fifth culinary hike will take place Saturday and Sunday in Rodenbach.

The biggest culinary hike in the Westpfalz will lead walkers on mostly paved trails to eight stations, where they can taste culinary specialties and wines.

“This is a perfect family outing, since the six-kilometer route is stroller-friendly,” said Christoph Molter from the organizing event team.

Interested walkers can start at 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

“Summer is going to end soon and this is a nice opportunity to enjoy nature and go on a hike in our wonderful Pfalz,” said Anja Pfeiffer, the mayor of the Weilerbach Union Community.

Regional butchers and caterers will offer their specialties. Hikers will have the choice of salmon filet made on a Finnish Kota grill with a honey mustard dip, antipasti variations, wild game bratwurst, French red wine meat, and pasta with different sauces. Sweet delicacies include rusty knights with vanilla sauce, dishes made of flour and poppy seed, and cakes.

“We are proud of being able to offer the Big Boys Barbecue from Troisdorf, who will serve more than 1,000 pounds of beef and pork on Germany’s biggest barbecue smoker,” Molter said. “And for the first time, we have a coffee roasting house serving delicious coffee specialties.”

Regional vintners will serve a variety of wines and prosecco. Participants have the option of buying a wine pass for €5. They will get a little glass to taste wines at the price of €1 at each wine station. The passes can be obtained at the two information stands.

During the event, children can play in a bouncy castle and get their faces painted. Couples can also enjoy romantic wagon rides. A traditional Palatinate afternoon with live music will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at Station No. 8.

“This culinary hike offers nice scenic views combined with fine food specialties,” said Rodenbach’s mayor, Georg Reuss. “I wish everybody some nice hours to relax and a lot of fun.”

Participants can park their vehicles on two big parking lots in the Industriegebiet Nord (industrial area between Vogelweh and Weilerbach, along state road L367) and start their route here following the signs.
Passengers can board city busses on bus route 101 at the Kaiserslautern Rathaus (city hall) or on bus route 140 at the Hautpbahnhof (main train station) to be driven to the center of Rodenbach. Busses will depart every hour. For details, visit (route 101) or (route 140). The hike can be started anywhere along the route.

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