On 14 July, the two convivia of Oldenburg and Ostfriesland (together, they make up the bit of north-west Germany which lies between Bremen and the Dutch border) got together for a summer evening of food, drink music and conversation at the home and workplace of Lothar Kotzias, a local winemaker and wine-dealer. All his wine is certified organic, and you may browse all the details of the Weindiele (if, of course, you read German).
It seemed a good reason to explore this part of Europe, so two of us (Iain and Mary) booked up, spent a day driving to the end of the Netherlands (staying at the excellent Herberg Bellingwolde), and then meandered over to Westerstede for the event.
The photo gallery tells the story of the evening, but we must thank England Preserves and Boston Sausage for their flag-carrier status: the Germans just couldn't get enough of the piccalilli, pear/date/ale and green tomato chutneys, and quince jelly, either to go with the equally eagerly devoured haslet or to attend the star of the evening, a Düppele Weideschwein pig which was roasted whole (and eaten in its entirety). Other local delicacies on show for tasting included beef salami, Bunte Bentheimer ham and rose-petal sorbet.
The hosts have written up the evening's activities in the Oldenburg convivium's annals - again, I'm afraid it's only in German. But they do have pictures of their own, and you might even spot a Londoner or two!
It was a very pleasant evening (and night - we stayed in one of the holiday apartments right by the musicians' stage), and we must thank Lothar and Birgit for their hospitality, Scott Haslett - no relation to the Lincolnshire meat - for organising our attendance, and all the members of the two convivia for being so friendly to a couple of interlopers.