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Verboort sausage, sauerkraut dinner takes 81st turn

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Youll want to head to Verboort with plenty of time to spare Nov. 7 as the lines for sausage and sauerkraut are bound to be long.Visitation Catholic Church will host its 81st annual Sausage and Sauerkraut Community Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7, under the giant sequoia trees.

Leaders of the Verboort church north of Forest Grove invite everyone to celebrate more than eight decades of handmade sausage, sauerkraut and applesauce made by hundreds of community volunteers and generations of families that have lived in Verboort for over 150 years.

Activities at the event include a quilt raffle, plant booth, crafts, Bingo, a bake sale, a country store and a beer garden.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 4247 N.W. Verboort Road. Bulk sausage ($6 per pound) and sauerkraut ($3.50 per quart) sales begin at 9 a.m. Dinner ticket sales begin at 10 a.m.

Dinner can be picked up at a drive-thru window or enjoyed in the dining hall.

Cash and checks will be accepted and an ATM will be available on site.

Lines will be long — organizers suggest arriving one to two hours early.

For a full menu, price list and schedule, visit the event’s website at verboort.org/dinner.

Every year, the small community of around 500 people begin work months before the festival even begins.

The sauerkraut takes about six weeks to ferment in 50-gallon buckets, apples are plucked from nearby orchards and the sausage is ground and smoked using a family recipe passed down through the generations. Nearly all the food served is local and handmade.

When the tradition first kicked off in 1934, 198 pounds of sausage were served in 150 dinners. Now, around 8,000 pounds of sausage is served in 8,000 dinners in a single day.