Goodnight and I went back to the Luxembourg Fest of America today. We had to! The fest was offering mustreipen as one of the selections at the food booth and we wanted to taste it.
To begin the fest today, there was an outdoor Mass in the park followed by the coronation of the 2012 Grand Duke and Duchess of the Luxembourg Fest. Luxembourg is known as the green heart of Europe, so there are green hearts to be seen at the Luxembourg Fest.
In the course of the coronation ceremony, the emcee read all the names of past Grand Dukes and Duchesses and asked them to stand if they were present. I had read ahead and noticed that a very distant relative of mine had served in that capacity. When he stood, I saw where he was sitting in the crowd and went up to say a brief hello after the formal ceremony concluded. He did not know me, nor I him, but I wanted to say hello nonetheless. I had seen someone from his family driving an old tractor in the parade yesterday, so I knew there were descendents in the area. We didn’t chat long. Our common relative was my grand-uncle, so the roads diverged some time ago and as former fest royalty, he was a very busy man.
I shouldn’t admit that one of the biggest highlights of the fest for me was a food item, but curiosity had gotten the better of me during the course of my genealogy research. Goodnight and I stood in line at the food building to wait our turn for the treipen (mustreipen in WI). Since neither of us had tried it before, we decided to split one serving, which would have been too much for one of us, we realized. I was in such a hurry to taste it that I forgot to take a photo. Dang! But it is called blood pudding in other parts of Europe. I guess one either loves it or hates it. I did a poll of folks as I visited with people and that seems to be true. There was no in between. I loved it!
Speaking of meats and sausages, eating the mustreipen reminded me that I had to take a quick photo of the meat market where my mother went to buy meat for her mother. I found the market. The name has changed and it’s half the size it was when mother was a girl, but for her sake, I snapped the photo.
Must scoot. Long drive today!