Guten Appetit at The German Meat market in Diamond Point Shopping Center. The shelves of this traditional German deli are stocked with authentic German mustards and sauces, including Maggi, a dark brown flavoring that tastes of celery, parsley, and fennel. To accompany your grocery items, pick up some meats to eat throughout the coming week, from house-made yellow sausage to leberkäse, a deli meat similar to bologna. And don’t forget the broetchen (small bread rolls) to make your belegte Brotes, or open-faced sandwiches.
Where to find it: 8502-D Two Notch Road. www.germanmm.com 803.419.0235. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
If all those German breads and desserts have you craving complete cultural and culinary immersion, drive to downtown Newberry for Newberry’s Oktoberfest. For one day only there will be a German beirgarten, German entertainment, German food, and even a German dress competition. Put on your best lederhosen and stroll amongst arts and crafts vendors with a pretzel in one hand and a stein in the other. This Germanic event is free and open to the public with free parking along the blocks surrounding the festival area.
Where to find it: Historic Downtown Newberry. newberryoktoberfest.com. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
As you eat your way through Germany in downtown Newberry, be sure to leave room for The Wurst Wagen. The name of this roving food cart is a callback to the wurst kiosks that its husband-and-wife culinary team loved so much in Germany. Gerard, a German by birth, and Erin, a German enthusiast with a knack for business, are dedicated to providing the best authentic German food.
Customers can’t go wrong with either the Bavarian Bierbrat, which is veal and beef wurst cooked in beer or a Knack Wurst, a pork and beef sausage. Make it a combo platter and pick any two wursts from the wagon’s four offerings with a side, roll, and drink for only $9.
Where to find it: Historic Downtown Newberry. www.thewurstwagen.com 803.463.6637. Check the website or follow them on their social media pages to know where the wurst wagen will be next.
On your way back into Columbia, keep Oktoberfest alive at Columbia Craft Brewing Company with a Columbia Craft Lager, brewed with German Pilsner Malt and Hallertau Mittelfruit hops. Now in its second year of business, the Columbia Craft Lager remains one of this craft brewery’s most distributed beers. As a flagship beer, its inspired the company to release other German beers, including, Colsch, a Kolsch-style ale brewed with four types of German malt, Spalt hops, and a traditional Kolsch yeast strain. It’s something to Proust (cheers) about!
Where to find it: 520 Greene Street. www.columbiacraft.com 803.799.6027. Open 2-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Alyssa Velazquez, special to GoColumbia