THE BAVARIAN SKILLET
Make sure you don’t forget to grab a meal at the Bavarian Skillet Stand! The Kirchenfest is famous for featuring this unique cooking tradition.
Your meal will be prepared on two four-foot diameter skillets that were made exclusively for the Kirchenfest. The skillets are one-inch thick and weigh 528 pounds each! Don’t leave our festival without seeing these skillets for yourself.
Enjoy a traditional German dish consisting of pork sausage, fried red skin potato, green pepper, onion and sweet Bavarian kraut.
German music will be playing and cowbells will ring when the skillets start sizzling!
1) 1st skillet was built in 2000. The 2nd in 2005.
2) Each skillet weighs 528 lbs and is 50 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.
3) Built by Excelsior Foundry (no longer in business).
4) Mold was made out of balsa wood and is the property of St Paul Kirchenfest.
5) Designed to cook a unique meal fast and relieve the congestion in the Food Court.
6) The skillets combined cook 800 lbs of sausage, 1000 lbs of potatoes and 150 lbs of scrambled eggs every Kirchenfest
7) Each skillet can cook about 40 servings at a time – serving over 2500 happy participants!
8) Original burners on each skillet had 5 water heater burners under them. After a few years we hired an engineer to create a new burner with right combination of air and gas for perfect flame! Creates enough BTU (250,000) to heat 4 – 2,000 square feet homes.
9) It took 6 months to experiment with the skillets to create the perfect Bavarian dish: sausage, peppers, onions and sweet Bavarian kraut.
10) It is the only one of it’s kind