Join us for our tenth year of Spargelfest! Ten days: May 19 – 28, 2017

The Germans go crazy for asparagus (spargel) this time of year. There, as here, asparagus is a sure sign of spring, or, as the Germans say, asparagus is the “Joy of Spring.” Towns all over southwestern Germany celebrate the first asparagus of the year by eating as much of it as they possibly can. Asparagus is served in all the restaurants and people buy it from every market. The town of Schwetzingen, not far from Mannheim where owner Erich Christ grew up, celebrates with a Spargelfest every year.

Taking a page from the Old Country, in late May, the Black Forest Inn will devote a special menu to asparagus! We’ll serve fresh, local asparagus in as many delicious ways as we can think of (at least ten). If you aren’t an asparagus lover already, you will be at Spargelfest! [Check back for menu]

It’s our tenth year! In that time we’ve come up with more than fifty different asparagus dishes, each one as tasty as the last. We always bring back a few favorites and the most traditional one, but once again this year we will have a few new items as well. We hope to put together a collection of recipes from the last ten years, because we can’t be the only ones who are crazy about asparagus! Stay tuned for more info!

We are pleased to serve the freshest possible asparagus. In our northerly region, asparagus isn’t ready to harvest until mid to late May. So wait to celebrate Spargelfest until the asparagus is ready! Our green asparagus is brought to us fresh off the farms by the Southeast Minnesota Food Network, a collaborative effort to change the way southeast Minnesota purchases and consumes food. The participating farms operate under guiding principles of sustainability, land stewardship and fair prices. For more info