Apfelfest (Apple Fest)
September 19 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Join us in the Amana Colonies as we celebrate Apfelfest on Saturday, September 19th. It’s apple time and on this Saturday we will celebrate all things apple (and somethings that aren’t). Here is a chance to experience the Amana Colonies at a wonderful time of year. The leaves are turning and there is a slight crispness in the air. Kind of like that crisp caramel apple. It’s a beautiful time to visit the Colonies and you’ll find apple treats, apple gifts, and apple desserts at many of the businesses. Of course, a local orchard will be on hand to sell you fresh apples to take home.
Take the Apfelfest Sampling Stroll and visit a variety of businesses that will all have something apple for you to sample, then when you’ve finished turn in your brochure and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate.
A culinary highlight of Apfelfest is the Amana Meat Shop’s Apple Gouda Brats. You can purchase some to take home or head to the brewery where they’ll be on the grill. Wash them down with a little Millstream beer or root beer and listen to the music. What a great fall day.
Several of our restaurants feature apple dishes from a Honey Apple Pork Loin to and Apple Pizza. The most popular apple item on the menu has to be a great piece of German style apple strudel. Take a bite of this and you’ll think you’re in Munich. Not a bad idea with Oktoberfest just a few weeks away.
Looking for an All-American treat? How about a crisp caramel apple? Who doesn’t love that? It’s an American Classic and the Chocolate Haus is just one place you’ll find that treat and they hand-dip them every day.
There is a 5-course Vintner’s Dinner that evening at the Ox Yoke. The Dinner has a special menu that features apples in each course along with a wine pairing.
Sunday, September 20th we will revive a German tradition with our Volksmarch in the Homestead timber. From 11am to 2pm join us as we walk the Nature Trail to the Iowa River and back. The Volksmarch is weather dependant so if it is raining call ahead (319-622-7622).
Picture a beautiful fall day, a picturesque village, and apple treats in every shop. That’s Apfelfest in the Amana Colonies.