Better hurry. There are still tickets left for Gertrude's annual Krautfest on Friday, Jan. 11, although the Saturday, Jan. 12, event is sold out.
The evening, from 6-9 p.m., features a buffet menu celebrating all things sauerkraut, including roasted beet borscht and kraut, sour-beef brisket, pork goulash, locally made sausages, and even double-chocolate sauerkraut cake.
The cost is $40 in advance and also includes live polka music and dancing. A cash bar will offer "Krautinis" and seasonal beers. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or by phone at 410-889-3399.
This is the 10th year for the event, which started out as a happy hour in Gertrude's bar with some sauerkraut dishes. It's expanded to two evenings over the years.
The staff at Gertrude's begins preparing for Krautfest in November by chopping cabbage from local One Straw Farm and Richardson Farms. The kraut ferments in 30-gallon tubs until it's time to feast and party in January.
Photo of Gertrude's owner John Shields with friends at a previous Krautfest, courtesy of Gertrude's.