The Stollen Festival in Dresden
Dresdenis one of the most interesting destinations in Germany. If you wish to discover German city, you should plan your visit during the Stollen Festival in Dresden, which is today a veritable tradition of phenomenal size and weight.
The origin of the festival
Stollen is a traditional German cake containing dried fruits and covered with icing sugar. The dried fruits are macerated in rum or brandy for superior tasting bread. The cake eaten during Christmas is called Christstollen and is very similar to the Italian panettone.
In order to celebrate the traditional cake, every year a Stollen Festival takes place inDresden. The idea of this festival comes fromDresden’s history. They say that the first Stollen was baked in the 15th century when the bakers ofDresdenoffered their rulers in 1560 a huge Christmas Stoll and the tradition continued ever since. Back then, the pastry simply consisted of water, flour and yeast because the catholic rules did not allow the use of milk or butter during Christmas time.
Even if the cake origin goes back to the 15th century, the festival is quite young. It was celebrated for the first time in 1994, when it was established as a cultural festival of Dresden. The Stollen Festival in Dresden is today a veritable piece of art. The three-tone cake is carried in a parade through the city. The cake is then cut into small pieces in the Christmas market and distributed to the people for money that goes to charity. However, the original Giant Stollen has nothing to do with the one made in the present times because the processing and the ingredients differ a lot.
A world record and a German pride
In 2010 Lidl baked the largest Stollen. The cake was 70 meters long and weighted 4,200 kilos. It was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest Stollen made so far and it’s a German pride. Visiting this festival might be an interesting suggestion for the winter season. Some of the highlights of the festival are the baking of the giant cake and the parade. The cake is carried in a wagon through the most important historic sites: the Semper Opera House, theRoyalPalace, the Cathedral and the Frauenkirche, the Coselpalais, the Albertinum and the famous Bruehl Terrace. The cake is cut using a 1.20 meters long silver-plated knife and distributed to the crowd.