Harvey County

Deep Fried Tradition

Have you been craving a raisin fritter? According to the Goessel Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, raisin fritters or Porzelke, were a traditional Mennonite treat made especially for New Year’s Day. The term Porzelke means “tumbling over”; these treats turn over by themselves (when they are done on one side) after being dropped into hot oil. Personally, I think they taste like a fresh donut mixed with a biscuit and rolled in sugar. Is your mouth watering yet? Luckily, you won’t have to wait until New Year’s Day to try one.

The Harvey County 4-H Junior Leaders have sold homemade New Year’s cookies each year at the Taste of Newton festival for many years, and this year will not be any different. This teen leadership group sells the traditional German Mennonite treats as their main fundraiser for the program year. The funds generated at our booth at the Taste of Newton help to support the 4-H Junior Leaders in many service and team building projects throughout the year, such as their Salvation Army angel tree donations and food drives.

Look for the 4-H flag and tan tent at the Taste of Newton festival on Thursday October 12thfrom 5:30-9:00 PM. Pick up a New Year’s Cookie, or ten, for a taste of tradition and to support local teen leaders in 4-H!

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