Huntington Beach




Old World Village Plumfest in Huntington Beach, CA 
Old World German Restaurant Celebrates a Family Tradition  
Huntington Beach, Calif.--Old World Village provides a welcoming atmosphere with many events throughout the year to delight tourists and the locals who love to dance, eat and sing.

One of the favorite events is the annual Plum Festival, celebrating a family tradition that Bischoff family who founded Old World Village have enjoyed for many, many seasons.

Grandma used to take the fresh, ripe plums and turn them into tasty desserts. After she passed, the family decided to share her recipe and love of the the delicious fruit with the public. The event has grown each year and has become a focal point of summer for many who look forward to a sampling of what the fall season welcomes--Oktoberfest.

"Grossmama" Elly Schwarzer, who lived from 1895 to 1998 baked her famous plum cake, or 'Pflaumenkuchen' for Dolores Bischoff's  birthday each August. She baked her final cake nearly ending a tradition when she turned 100 years old. The Bischoff family owns and operates Old World Village German Restaurant, home to the famous Oktoberfest.

Enjoy the afternoon at the Annual Plum festival in memory of  Grossmama. The family invites you to share the tradition that began with public participation in 1997 when they bought a few hundred pounds of Italian Plums, only ripe in August and instructed the bakers to bake it, some plain, some with streusel, but all mouthwatering good. For more festivities they added plum crepes, Berliner Ballen w/ plum filling, plum jam, plum juice & schnapps and of course a live band for your dancing pleasure.

The kids can enjoy a moon bounce &carnival games. Wear purple. Come with your family and friends. Free admission for all. Time: 2 to 6 p.m. Location: Old World German Restaurant, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA.

Plum Festival sometimes coincides with the dachshund races and includes a variety of hot meals you can purchase, tasty brews from Germany (on draft) and some live entertainment that gets everyone dancing.

There is usually something exciting for the kids, as well. The family-fun entertainment is not to be missed as the perfect break from the beach.

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There is a hotel right across the parking lot just a few feet from the Plum Festival event. Be sure to check out the affordable Hotel Huntington Beach on Center Ave. Across the street you'll see the popular Bella Terra mall.