Christkindlmarkt to feature authentic German wares, food from more than 50 vendors

“The first year, we had a blizzard. It started snowing on Friday and didn’t stop until Sunday. It was the coldest thing I’ve ever done. So, the following year, we decided to move into the Marriott, and that worked really well for us, but then we outgrew the Marriott. We usually have around 25 booths. Now, this year, we’ve doubled,” Zellner said.

German gift items will include ornaments, beer steins, pyramids and nutcrackers as well as other popular ideas such as T-shirts, floral décor and wooden toys. Hanover Winery will be serving and selling its signature wines.

“I love meeting all the people. We have 15 or 20 repeat vendors, and they’ve become like family. You get to know them and what they bring…All the people from Hamilton come out, and now, we realize we’re getting people from all over, not just from Hamilton. It’s really growing,” said Zellner.

The entertainment line-up will feature The Fest Meisters on Friday from 5 to 9 pm On Saturday, Gerhard Albinus will perform from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Enzian German dancers will take the stage on Saturday from 3:15 to 4: 15 pm and The Klaberheads will headline the event on Saturday night from 5 to 9 pm

Food offerings will include selections from Wassler Meats and Servatii’s. Brats, metts and hot dogs will be available, along with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and green beans. Servatii’s desserts will include cream puffs, apple and cherry strudel and chocolate mousse. Guests may purchase individual items

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NFL, Food Network Team for Tailgate Cooking Competition Show

Food Network is teaming up with the NFL for a new primetime competition series that celebrates the art of tailgating.

In the six-episode “NFL Tailgate Takedown,” hosts Sunny Anderson and New England Patriots Hall-of-Famer Vince Wilfork will president over tailgate chefs going head-to-head in one-hour episodes shot on location at an NFL stadium tailgate just before the big game, with each tailgating duo representing one of the two NFL teams competing that day. The chefs will endure three themed cooking rounds that feature “each city’s authentic tailgate dishes” — like New England lobster rolls and Philly cheesesteaks — for an “epic battle of hometown pride.”

The show’s rotating panel of judges, which includes Kelsey Barnard Clark, Eddie Jackson, Ali Khan and Ian Rapoport, will decide who wins the grand prize each week: VIP seats on the 50-yard line at the game they are ahead of, and their own “Yum-Bardi Trophy.”

Per the show’s description: “In each episode, Sunny and Vince welcome two teams of talented tailgating duos outside the stadium on game day – one representing their home turf and the other fans of the visiting team. In the first round – known as “The First Down” – each team must create a platter of their best bite-sized snacks with a dip that represents their city’s flavors. The winner of round one, as determined by a rotating panel of judges, gets an advantage and selects a significant ingredient to their hometown that both teams must use in round two. In

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Community donations stolen from the town of Mexico food pantry

MEXICO, NY (WSYR-TV) — The Mexico Food Pantry helps feed hundreds of families every month, but someone stole food from the pantry’s drop box, which allows community members to donate items 24/7.

The food pantry gives 21 meals of free supplemental food every month to any person or family within the Mexico School District. Food is also available to anyone in need of emergency food.

Martha Sturtz has been the pantry coordinator for the last 12 years. She said the drop box was stocked with donations on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

However, when she arrived at the pantry on Sunday morning, she found the door wide open and many of the items were gone. Some of the food even had to be thrown out because it was exposed to bad weather.

“We give food to whoever asks. It’s not a problem, so I don’t know why they would do that.”


The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office has looked into who’s responsible for taking the food, but the act is not considered a break-in because the drop box is unlocked at all times. Sturtz and the other volunteers are looking into ways to secure donations moving forward.

Thankfully, there was no damage to the food pantry’s main building. Some of the donations from the community have already been restocked.

It’s disappointing, but we’ll get by and people will step forward. they already have. I’ve had people give us cash donations. I just had somebody call

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