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Bavaria goes wild for butcher’s twist on fave food

Even US President Barack Obama couldn't resist the pallid allure of the Weisswurst, the delicious Bavarian speciality sausage that's eaten for breakfast with sweet mustard. Now it's available for the first time as a sausage roll.

Bavaria goes wild for butcher's twist on fave food
Master butcher Albert Kohlpaintner with a traditional Weisswurst (r) and one of his new Weisswurst sausage rolls (l). Photo: DPA

Master butcher Albert Kohlpaintner was given a very special contract from the Löwenbrauerei in Passau: come up with a handy snack that could be an alternative to the Bavarian beer-hall staple, Leberkäse (meat loaf) in a Semmel (bread roll).

As it turns out, his brainchild is not a million miles away from that age-old tradition, being a sausage roll with the hole filled with delicious Weisswurst meat.

“I get rolls of puff pastry from the baker made of Semmel dough sprayed with lye and then I fill it with Weisswurst filling,” Kohlpaintner told The Local by phone from his butcher's shop in Sulzbach am Inn, south of Passau.

Spraying the dough with lye means that the rolls will develop a crusty outer layer like a Brezel – meaning that the new snack packs in all the elements that would usually go into a Weisswurst meal.

Weisswurst is usually enjoyed with pretzels and sweet mustard. Photo: DPA

But Kohlpaintner says that, while the ingredients may be familiar, “it's the production method” that really sets his treats apart.

Once assembled, the complete roll need only be baked at 160C for 14 minutes before it's ready to enjoy.

“That's why I've patented it, for the production technique,” Kohlpaintner explained.

He adds that the new delicacy – which has already been featured in local media – has been in demand to the tune of 350 rolls per day.

Customers buy them fresh or deep frozen to savour later.

“There's a lot of demand, with all the media reports it's going really well,” he said.

Now Kohlpaintner just has to wait and see whether the patent authorities grant his application – securing his place in history as the inventor of the Weisswurst roll.

with DPA

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POLITICS

Paris Agriculture show returns for 2022 event

The Paris farm show is back after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. Set to be held one month before the presidential election, the 2022 event will be politically loaded.

French President Emmanuel Macron checks the quality of a cow during the Paris Agriculture show.
French President Emmanuel Macron checks the quality of a cow during the Paris Agriculture show. The event returns in late February after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP)

The organisers of the Salon de l’agriculture, an annual farm show held in Paris, have announced that the 2022 event will be held from February 26th – March 6th.

The 2021 edition was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic – and the 2020 event was cut short – and there had been fears that this year would suffer the same fate. 

“This edition will not be like the others,” wrote the organisers in a statement, out of “respect for the health guidelines.” 

Mask-wearing rules, added ventilation inside exhibition tents and special measures to facilitate tastings during the pandemic will be implemented. Visitors will need to hold a valid health pass. 

The event falls just over one month before the first round of the presidential election, set for April 10th – and candidates will be sure to milk the opportunity to score political points. 

The event is the annual highlight of the agriculture sector – which employs about 759,000 people in France – and many more rely on the agricultural sector indirectly for employment. The sector was valued at €81.2 billion in 2021.

“This is a highly anticipated event, not just for the farming community, but also for citizens, political leaders and the media,” wrote the event organisers. 

Former President Jacques Chirac pioneered the use of the farm show as a political event, visiting almost every year from 1972- 2011. 

Former President Jacques Chirac inaugurates the 2007 Paris farm show.

Former President Jacques Chirac inaugurates the 2007 Paris farm show. (Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK / POOL / AFP)

In 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron spent 14 hours strolling through the farm show, shaking hands and speaking with producers. This marathon visit set a new record for a sitting president. 

Previously, Francois Hollande is reported to have paid a 10 hour visit, Jacques Chirac 5.5 hours and Nicolas Sarkozy just four hours. 

The Local visited the show in 2020 to find out why it was so important for politicians to attend. 

READ MORE Why petting cows at the farm show is crucial for French politicians

The event, which is held at the Porte de Versailles in the south of Paris, isn’t just for farmers and politicians – it’s hugely popular with the public and thousands of people usually attend. 

The full ticket price is €15, for children between 6-12 it is €8 and children under six can go free. There are also group discounts available. 

Tickets can be bought online here and at the venue itself. 

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