Ah, pickled cabbage!
It’s healthy, tangy and savory. Plus, it’s been part of Queens cuisine for centuries as it’s a main facet of German gastronomy (sauerkraut) and Korean kitchens (kimchee).
On Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m., the Voelker Orth Museum will celebrate a distinctly Flushing-style Oktoberfest with hospitality, live entertainment and an outdoor grill firing up dishes with ethnic versions of pickled cabbage — along with copious amounts of beer, of course, and a house punch made with juice from the museum’s freshly harvested grapes.
Local musician Norman Curtis will play classic, toe-tapping Teutonic ditties on his keyboard during this 3-hour event, which marks a tradition that began as a wedding party for Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810.
Plus, journalist Caroline Shin will share some cultural notes and her “Cooking with Granny” series that she hosts and produces. (The series documents grandmothers’ recipes and stories across cultures in New York.)
The event costs $30 per person because it aims to raise money for the historic house, which is located at 149-19 38th Ave. in Flushing. Built in 1881 by German immigrant Conrad Voelcker, the venue contains a bird sanctuary, a performance space and a Victorian garden, which features many popular plants and berry bushes from the late 19th century. The plants are maintained in the old-fashioned way with time-honored gardening techniques, such as hand-pruning.