Erntefest, the Harmonist Harvest Festival at Old Economy Village (Ambridge, PA just north of Pittsburgh) will be held this coming weekend, Sept. 29-30, 2012.
“The Community Kitchen, located next to…the Feast Hall was where communal feasts were prepared. The building’s unusual ceiling contains two trap doors [see next photo] that open and allow steam to escape from the kitchen cauldrons and through the roof. A second raised peaked roof keeps out rain and snow.” (as described on their site)
More from the website HERE about the festival: "Learn how the Harmonists celebrated the harvest and prepared for the long winter. Churn butter, make Apple Schnitz, press apples for cider, watch craftsmen demonstrate their skills and much more! Enjoy Village tours, Harmonist music, family friendly activities, carriage rides, hot dogs, ice cream and lemonade. Homemade German food will be available at St. John’s Lutheran Church across the street from the Village."
The museum has put out a short videos on Erntefest.
©2012 Patricia Bixler Reber