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An ecclectic mix of around 50 people gathered on the patio garden, alias Biergarten, at the Kolbenfresser of Konstanz, Germany on Tuesday evening at 6 pm (18 uhr) to watch the Germany vs Northern Ireland UEFA Football game (also known as soccer in North America). The eccentric owner joyfully passed out hand clappers to all patrons and encouraged boisterous noise making for all.
The barbecue smoked in the background preparing German grill specialties such as Currywurst, Rote bratwurst, Corn on the cob, and chicken skewers served with German potato salad and farmers bread (Bauern brot). The German fans consumed their favorite dishes and washed it down with beers, all the while cheering, clapping and urging the big screen soccer players on.
The atmosphere was fan perfect. Barbecue smoke smells, German flags everywhere, patio lights strung through the garden and very happy energetic viewers. Children played in the back garden playground laughing and entertaining themselves, occasionally coming to the BBQ to get a maiskolben before racing off again!
The crowd went wild in the 30th minute as Germany scored the first goal of the game. Although rain threatened the garden party, it left us in peace to watch the game. I loved soaking up this fantastic game fever and sat back with a silly smirk as I sipped my Weißwein Schorle and snacked on my Currywurst, wondering why this wonderful dish never made it to Canada?!
With plus 3 minutes, Germany won 1:0 to the wild cheers of the soccer fans! I like this German tradition! I think I need a jersey for the next game. Checking my calendar to see if other European countries celebrate the same!! ?