Hagener Kirmes 2017: My First Experience With An Autumn Fairground in Hagen, Germany
Back in the Philippines, we have peryas in the provinces where rides and games were abound.
Peryas are usually held during town fiestas, especially in the month of May. My idea of a perya found its way here in Germany after a long time.
Enter the Kirmes (festival info). In English, the word Kirmes is ‘fairground’. Same with our very own perya, this German fairground has rides like the Ferris wheel, game booths, and food stalls. Just last week, our town celebrated this year’s Kirmes and I decided to take part to see what is up.
There were many rides, but I chose to ride the Ferris wheel because I am after the views it offers. I like seeing the whole town from a height.
A fairground is not fairground without food. I was excited to see what this Kirmes has in store when it comes to food. Of course, the whole thing did not disappoint.
First day into the fairground, I bought a serving of Churros con Nutella for EUR 5. These churros are no fluke as they are really delicious, and they come in family size. Best of all, the churros were not oily unlike most churros sold commercially. These are the best ones I have tried, so far.
As I walk on the north of the Dorfstraße, I noticed a stall selling crepes. Turns out that they’re selling one-meter crepes. I took on their offer and bought one in cinnamon and sugar. I was thinking that they might serve the crepes in its one-meter glory, but it was folded neatly on a take-out plate. Just be very careful with the hot filling: a drop landed on my foot, causing it to scald a bit.
I decided to get pizza as I was craving for one. So, I chose the one that stood out from the showcase: Pizza Margherita with real basil! And then I stopped to pick up a plate of Reibekuchen. Reibekuchen is a potato pancake, much like okoy without the little eyes staring back at you. These scrumptious potato pancakes are usually served with applesauce. I tried the combination, and, I tell you, it did not disappoint!
Lastly, I had the chance to get a sandwich called Grillschinken. It is a sandwich consisting of a special homemade sauce, sweet-and-sour sauerkraut, and a yummy pile of grilled ham. The ham in the sandwich packs a punch – it’s not the usual ham, but real marinated ham oozing with juice.
Within the whole duration of the Kirmes, I had this sandwich three times. It was that delicious. You’ll keep coming back for more! One bite of it makes for an enjoyable experience because all of the ingredients meld together into one perfect taste. I am very particular with meat sandwiches, and this one is one of the best I had.
All in all, my experience with autumn fairground was a great one, because of the food and the atmosphere. The fairground was even more beautiful in the evening — it was as if Christmas came early. Bright lights, merry tunes, and the chattering of people on the street – it was magical.