By Libby Smith

DENVER (CBS4)– Christkindl Market is a celebrating of Christmas in the German tradition, a mixture of shopping, entertainment, and food that comes straight from the Olde World.

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Chef Walter Neuhold mans a spatula at his potato latke tent. He fries up the potato pancakes at the Christkindl Market.

Chef Walter Neuhold at the Christkindl Market. (credit: CBS)

Chef Walter Neuhold at the Christkindl Market. (credit: CBS)

“People love it, you know, it’s a good recipe I have,” Neuhold said.

The recipe originates in Chef’s native Austria, as does all the food he makes at the Christkindl Market.

“Sauer brauten, which is like a beef marinated for like two or three days,” Neuhold explained as he held up a container of the dish.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

In another tent he offers sauer brauten, weiner schnitzel, chicken cordon blue, and, of course, traditional Black Forest cake. It’s Chef’s personal favorite.

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“I do what we really like to eat at home, especially this season, hardier… heavier,” Neuhold told CBS4.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Cookies are a very special part of the German holiday tradition. Chef has a special booth just for them, and he hand makes 40,000 for the season.

“We actually had live trees, and we didn’t have ornaments, we actually put cookies up,” Neuhold said.

Chef Walter Neuhold at the Christkindl Market. (credit: CBS)

Chef Walter Neuhold at the Christkindl Market. (credit: CBS)

Hanging cookies on the Christmas tree is just one example of how Christkindl Market is an Olde World celebration that will take you back in time.

Christkindl Market is open until Dec. 23 in downtown Denver. It’s located at 16th and Arapahoe Street. It’s free and open daily.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Libby Smith is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. If you have a story you’d like to tell CBS4 about, call 303-863-TIPS (8477) or visit the News Tips section.


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