As the Humber College Culinary Olympic team prepares for a competition in Germany later next month, the team held an Oktoberfest fundraiser last Wednesday night that turned the school’s Humber Room at North campus into a little Bavaria.
Oktoberfest is an annual folk festival held in Germany that celebrates German traditions, cuisine and beer. Many cities have festivals to celebrate Oktoberfest all around the world, including a renowned annual event in Kitchener, Ontario. The event attracted many staff members, one being nutrition instructor Lucia Weiler.
“What I Iove about it is the atmosphere, sharing food and experiences with others,” said Weiler.
The festivities began with a German beer tasting where guests could sample four different types of authentic German bier. An authentic German buffet meal followed, which was prepared by the Humber Culinary Olympic team.
The meal included German specialties such as bratwurst, sauerkraut and spaetzle. There was also a decadent dessert table full of German treats.
Kire Boseovski, a core member of the Humber culinary olympic team that is going to Germany to compete, was excited for Oktoberfest to be the theme of their fundraiser.
“I love Oktoberfest, my favourite part is definitely eating sausage and sauerkraut,” said Boseovski.
The night concluded with a German dance performance by the Toronto Blue Danube Heimat Group, and a live auction in which the highest bidder won a dinner for 10 served by the Humber Culinary Olympic team.
Susan Somerville, the dean of the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism is enthused to see the team head overseas.
“We have a very experienced team and have won medals in the past, so there are high expectations,” said Somerville.
Humber is the only college in the Greater Toronto Area that has a culinary team that competes in culinary competitions, a significant draw for students who want to study hospitality.