I love a good German Christmas market, but you know I do know that they are just a really poor imitation of the real thing, and I wish that people would travel to experience the real thing. Is that harsh? I don’t think so, having eaten some really bad food at some of these clones that would not be acceptable in Germany it is fair, I have lived in Cologne or Koln as it is actually called, and experience the fare at their markets and I am always disapointed when I eat at these efforts that seemingly claim to be representative of the real thing.
“Daley Plaza in the City of Chicago is transformed into an old fashioned German Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt) for the holiday”
erm not really, not a bad attempt though
“Experience a traditional German Christmas at the 14th Annual Christkindlmarket, inspired by the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545. The Christmas Market is a tradition in cities throughout Germany. The outdoor markets are gatherings of communities in a marketplace where arts and crafts are sold from small booths. Food and drink add to the festive air of the Christmas Market. The smells of spiced wine, roasted nuts and spicy sausages fragrance the air of the outdoor marketplace.”
Maybe my nose was blocked as I smelt none of that
It could just have been a hot plate at any place heating up sausages, putting it into a wooden garden shed does not make it German. OMG I really don’t mean to be mean, and I did enjoy the experience and what I had, but it was so Disney I felt deflated.
To explain better I have to show you a photograph of a “german market” I went to in England, not even Germany
Note the difference, sausages cooked over coal, and they even look tasty and they were!
and here is a picture from Cologne in Germany
Note the similarity?
I hope that you don’t get disapointed, and that I don’t ruin your experience, but seriously guys
In the end I had a “kilometer” sausage, which in fact is a Hungarian speciality, so say no more, quite a strange bread to sausage ratio, obvious from the picture, it was OK but to be honest I did actually throw half of the bread away.
Accessed by the Blue Line: Washington/Dearborn or Red Line: State/Lake at Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington Street