Lititz COB will host pork and kraut meal on Jan. 1

By on December 22, 2015
It takes a lot of sauerkraut to feed the throngs at Lititz COB on Jan. 1. Ken Hess makes sure it’s stirred properly.

It takes a lot of sauerkraut to feed the throngs at Lititz COB on Jan. 1. Ken Hess makes sure it’s stirred properly.


On New Year’s Day in Lancaster County, pork and sauerkraut go together like fresh air and sunshine. For many local residents, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day is a tradition that has been practiced for generations. It is believed to be a German or Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, meant to bring good luck in the new year.

For those who wish to taste this culinary combo on Jan. 1, and leave the work to someone else, Lititz Church of the Brethren will be serving the New Year’s Day staple from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until supplies run out. The church is located at 300 W. Orange St.

This is the 17th year for the Lititz COB’s pork and sauerkraut buffet. The annual event was first instituted to raise funds for the church’s youth foundation, which provides monies for the youth of the church to attend National Youth Conference held every four years. Money from this fund is also used to pay for mission trips within the U.S. to serve those who are less fortunate.

Those who attend the buffet will be able to enjoy a meal of roast pork, hot dogs (for those who don’t eat pork), real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, homemade Courtland applesauce, rolls, dessert, and hot/cold beverages.

This year as in years past, entertainment will be provided in the church’s sanctuary. The church’s Golden Needles sewing group will have crafted items available in the Gathering Area for your purchase.

The Kindred Outreach program will continue to be used to purchase tickets for needy families to attend the dinner, through donations from businesses and individuals in the Lititz community.

Tickets cost $11 for adults; $4 for children ages 3-11; and under age 3 may eat for free. Tickets are available at McElroy’s Pharmacy, Lititz Mutual Insurance Company, Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill, the church office, and at the door on the day of the event.

Drive through take-outs will be available for purchase by entering the carport at the rear entrance to the church.

To learn more, call Marty Hershey at 626-5067.

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