By John Anderson

St. Thomas Episcopal Church held its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday. Activies included a bounce house for kids, a bake sale, gift basket raffles, and, of course, authentic German food. The parish has been holding a fall fair for over 30 years. Reverend David Hall said, “A lot of churches have stopped their fairs. It’s a lot of work, but the fair raises money for outreach and mission.”

While it is always an Oktoberfest, the food served may represent different countries from year to year. This year was all German and featured Pork Schnitzel, Wursts, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, and a Beef Rouladen that was fantastic. The Rouladen starts with pounded beef tenderloin rolled around bacon, onions caramelized in bacon grease, and chopped pickles. The tied Rouladen is sautéed and then oven braised to make it tender. It’s probably okay to eat this once or twice a year since it’s not exactly low fat.

David Lindstrom, Food Service Operations Manager at UMASS in Worcester, oversaw the food preparation and was assisted by Dave Taillefer. Both are graduates of Johnson and Wales University. Other volunteers took orders and served the side dishes.

Inside the church, an enormous bake sale took place that certainly offered something for every palette. Gift baskets were raffled off as well, and a church yard sale was held next to individual vendors. One first timer was 12-year-old Leah Lefferts from Oxford. Leah was selling her hand made jewelry that was quite lovely. She’s been making jewelry since she was 4 and stepped up her designs and quality for the last 18 months in preparation for a retail debut. Leah had a few good sales and Auburn Mass Daily salutes her entrepreneurial spirit.

Mark your calendars for next year when this event will be bigger and better.