Today was the first Easter celebration of the season at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Being a German cultural center that seeks to upkeep German heritage not just for Germans, but the whole community, this Easter EGGstravaganza integrated mostly German Easter traditions. A big fair started at 11AM on the club’s fairground. Entrance was free and there was something for everyone to do. This was a family friendly event, with good food and live music; and what stood out the most to me was that there was something to do from the youngest to the oldest.
Many families came with their babies, their teens and their grandparents.
The beer stand was open for the men to congregate. The tables were filled by the ladies and families.
The kids’ area had something for all ages; with the bungee cords certainly being the main attraction. Next to the big playground was a bouncy house, there was a balloon artist and pony rides.
Outside were a few vendor stands, which were extended to the inside of the tent, where you could find anything from your standard jewelery stand over German traditional clothing (Dirndl and Lederhosen for little kids – as cute as it gets!), beer Steins and Germany-themed teddy bears, to a myriad of Easter-themed items, such as plants, eggs and German easter bread and pastries.
Oh, the pastries. Had they been free, I would right now no longer fit into my pants. I could have eaten every single item on those tables, but restraint myself from buying too many (I got 3 cake pastries, 1 Easter bread shaped like a bunny, an Easter Gingerbread man for Christopher and a huge German Pretzel.). Steit’s Bakery is owned and operated by a native German and all her breads, cakes and pastries are made from scratch with original German recipes.
And I? I was working the German Potato Pancake booth! In case you haven’t seen one of my many posts throughout the day on Facebook or Twitter, you can go catch up! Those pancakes are also made from an original recipe and from scratch right there in the kitchen of the Phoenix Club. Needless to say I ate one too many of those!
After all this goodness, I am looking forward to Easter Sunday Brunch starting at in the ballroom of the Phoenix Club. Yum, I can’t wait! Who’s meeting me there?