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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Chestnuts Roasting in an Open Microwave at Bristol's German Christmas Market

BERLIN - NOVEMBER 22:  A Christmas market stan...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe Trymites' recent weekend treat was a tour of Bristol's German Christmas Market, conveniently located in the quieter end of Broadmead near Cabot Circus. You can't miss it - just look for the oversize garden sheds.

I was pleasantly surprised at the large number of authentic German-sounding accents being projected from behind the myriad seasonal shopping booths. Either there has been a lot of coaching taking place, or the stall holders do have some link, however, tenuous, with the land of lederhosen and gingerbread.

The presence of a few very obvious British students behind the stalls, plus the sight of a hijab-wearing Somali woman selling nativity scenes, merely added to the cultural charm of the event.

The Weihnachtsmarkt, to give the event its formal German title, also provided the opportunity for me to try German curry sausage, now made famous by the attempts of last week's would-be Apprentices to create crisps based on this flavour. Although I cannot comment on the crisps, I must confess that I found the sausage - smothered in red spicy sauce and with bread roll as optional extra - rather an enjoyable gastronomic experience. German curry for the win, as the young people say.

Long strands of licorice alongside glazed nuts, mulled wine (microwaved) and glowing wax objects, whose specific purpose was not entirely clear to me, combined to create a memorable and distinctive festive experience.

The Original German Christmas market runs in Broadmead until the 22nd of December.

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