Hub Club spud buddies get peeling for Bavarian Blast feasting

Preparing german potato salad for festival booth

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Several dozen Farm City Hub Club members met Tuesday at the Church of St. George to peel potatoes to make german potato salad for their food booth at Bavarian Blast this weekend. The festival starts Thursday night with a Pre-Blast concert at the Brown County Fairgrounds, and continues throughout the weekend.

NEW ULM — The tangy scent of german potato salad cut the air in St. George Tuesday night.

As it has done for about 30 years including Heritagefest, Farm City Hub Club members met in the Church of St. George parish hall to peel about 400 pounds of potatoes in preparation for the organization’s Bavarian Blast Food Stand.

The club will serve german potato salad, sauerkraut, brats, burgers, pulled pork, schnitzel and spaetzle at the Bavarian Blast from 11 a.m. to 11 to 11:30 p.m. during the festival.

Club member Beth Fluegge said she began working in earnest on the food preparation about 10 days ago but actually began planning for it a year ago.

“If not for all the great volunteers we have, we’d never be able to do it. The board is wonderful to work with,” Fluegge said.

As it has for the past nine years, the Nicollet County Pork Producers Association is helping the Farm City Hub Club, serving the night shift at the Bavarian Blast.

The West Newton Knights 4-H Club will open an ice cream shop at the Blast, serving root beer floats and ice cream novelties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bavarian Blast starts with a pre-blast Concert on Thursday, July 18 at the Brown County Fairgrounds with Heide and The Good Ole Boys from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Rumours & Dreams: The Music of Fleetwood Mac, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

For more information, visit bavarianblast.com