342. 12 Days of ChristKindlFest Countdown DAY NINE: International Food & Drink

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Barrington ChristKindlFest - Photographed by Julie Linnekin

It’s opening day at Barrington’s ChristKindlFest!  The gates open at 10 a.m. and the fun will last through this Sunday.  One thing you want to be sure to bring to this year’s fest is your appetite!  (Plus a few cans of non-perishable food for the ChristKindlFest food drive.)  If you’re hungry when you hit the fest, you’re in luck!

Barrington ChristKindlFest - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Barrington ChristKindlFest – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

There’s an exciting variety of food vendors offering an array of international fare at the fest along with German beer, wine and mulled German wine (a.k.a. Glühwein) and that makes #9 of our 12 reasons not to miss ChristKindlFest!


You’ll find many of ChristKindlFest’s food vendors stationed inside the heated tent at this year’s fest, which runs from Thursday, December 4th through Sunday, December 7th.  They’ll be serving German deli delights, Finnish cheeses, hearty Italian and Mexican cuisine, family dishes found across Europe and good old fashioned American foods at this year’s fest.  In addition to savory plates, you can enjoy a variety of sweets including decadent chocolates and cinnamon roasted nuts.

Barrington ChristKindlFest - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Barrington ChristKindlFest – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Plus, to complement their signature lasagna dish, Michael Mandile of Mandiles Italian Restaurant says they’ll be serving their popular Limoncello cake!

Mandiles Italian Restaurant's will serve their signature Limoncello Cake at ChristKindlFest
Mandiles Italian Restaurant’s will serve their signature Limoncello Cake at ChristKindlFest

“All of the dishes we’re serving at ChristKindlFest will be comfort foods,” Michael says.  “They’re all going to be warm and filling because that’s what you look for in December – foods that hit the spot.”

Mandlies Signature Lasagna
Mandlies Signature Lasagna

You might want to plan a few trips to ChristKindlFest so you can taste your way around the world, right from the heart of downtown Barrington.

Brunkow Cheese

A 4th generation artisan cheesemaker from rural Wisconsin, featuring 8 flavors of Finnish cheese with a sweet, crispy exterior and a rich, buttery inside, served warm. Also serving warm honey crisp apple cider.

Chocolate Enrapture

Selling christmas themed truffles, pecan and macadamia turtles, chocolate bars, salted caramel, caramel pecan chocolate apples, nut and fruity chocolate bark, peppermint bark, pretzel rods, turtle apple wedges, chocolate dipped oreos and marshmallows and gourmet gift baskets.

Edelweiss German Deli

A family-owned delicatessen specializing in German cuisine and giftware, offering the finest German food in the Chicago area, but also aspiring to promote German, Scandinavian and European traditional tastes and ways of living.

Honey Bee Enterprises

Offering natural products in the tradition of Germany and Bavaria, like french Lavender Honey from Provence, dark forest honey, creamy mixtures of Hazelnut and Ginger Christmas-Honey and Swarovski jewelry.

Kookers Restaurant

Serving some of the best soups, chilli, burgers and fries in Barrington.

Little Europa

Serving authentic family dishes from across Europe, particularly Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Poland.

Mandiles Italian Restaurant

Recreating the sights, sounds, smells and the tastes of Mandile’s italian home of Calabria Italy by offering guests true authentic Italian cuisine, including their house made lasagna, chicken parmesan, sausage & peppers, cannoli and limoncello cake.

The Nut Hut

Serving cinnamon roasted nuts.

Tacos El Norte

Featuring fresh, delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine in a family friendly atmosphere at affordable prices.


Hosted by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club and the Barrington Village Association, ChristKindlFest runs from December 4th to 7th: Thursday 10 am to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to midnight, and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The fest will feature shopping at 20 Germanic chalets, kiddie rides, visits with Santa & reindeer PLUS international food, drink and non-stop live music & dancing inside a massive heated tent. (CLICK HERE for our Guide to ChristKindlFest, 2014)

Mulled Wine at Barrington ChristKindlFest - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Mulled Wine at Barrington ChristKindlFest – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

You’ll find ChristKindlFest in the BMO Harris Bank parking lot at the corner of Cook and Station Streets in the heart of downtown Barrington. Walking distance to the Metra Train station, visitors can take the train or park in the station lot near Spring and Station Street. A free trolley will be running between Barrington retailers and ChristKindlFest on Saturday.

For more details and the latest festival updates, CLICK HERE to follow ChristKindlFest’s Facebook page and visit the festival’s website at ChristKindlFest.com.


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