Invading The Vancouver Alpen Club Picnic

The Vancouver Alpen Club (a club for Germans living in Vancouver) held its annual picnic last Sunday at the Scandinavian Community Centre and I decided to invade it because I heard they made a really good pork hock. While the majority of the attendees were of German descent, the club welcomes anyone who is willing to pay the $10 admission price to get into the picnic grounds.

I’ve been so used to getting into events for free that paying any admission amount, no matter how small, seemed strange. Fortunately, I didn’t have the pay anything. It’s amazing how many events you can get into for free when you show up with a prosumer level camcorder and a T-shirt that says, “I’m blogging this.” The lady at the front gate had a good laugh when I told her I was from Far East Germany.

The food at the Alpen Club picnic was really good. That pork hock was one of the best I’ve tasted and it was huge too. However, I found out that the pork hock that they serve at the club itself is twice the size. I may have to get the Dot Com Crew over there to see if Stephen Fung can finish it. If you ever wonder what goes on at an Alpen Club German picnic, this video should give you a good idea.


27 thoughts on “Invading The Vancouver Alpen Club Picnic”

  1. It looks like it was probably worth the 10 bucks. You can’t get everything for free, I think you can probably afford this one. lol!

  2. Vincent Woon says:

    Interesting dance! Now we know where you are doing your next Dot Com Pho

  3. Interesting indeed! I have traveled through Germany multiple times and never encountered this. Looks like it was fun.

  4. Funny that the Germans would hold there picnic at the Scandinavian community center. Love the lederhosen on those guys!

  5. Asswass says:

    Last February I went to Berlin and had a blast. Germany is such a beautiful country with a lot of history. I didn’t have a pork hock but I did have pork knuckles.

  6. Benjamin Cip says:

    I live next to germany and really appreciate German food! Too bad I was far away from Vancouver because I could have afford the $10 to enter and eat the pork you were talking about!

  7. hospitalera says:

    OMG, nothing worse then expat Germans (I am allowed to say this, I am a German that lives abroad myself)! It doesn’t look actually very German to me, more BAVARIAN, there is a difference 😉 Funny how the Bavarians always try to represent Germany abroad! There is more to my home country then funny folk dances and pork hocks! SY

    1. Marita says:

      I think it’s funny how Bavarian stuff like pretzels and Lederhosen is so often used to represent Germany 🙂
      The reason for this is probably the widely popular Oktoberfest, which also takes place in Bavaria and presents lots of images of beer etc. This club though does say Alpen Club, which is clearly a southern thing.

      The dance is called a Schuhplattler btw (I know that because I grew up there:)), and it does get out of hand the more beer is consumed! And John, I’d like to see you in Lederhosen!!

      But really, the Lederhosen- beer thing is only a very small part of Germany. Germany has a huge art and Jazz scene for example, which rarely gets mentioned anywhere, and of course it’s very high-tech.

    2. Marita says:

      I think it’s funny how Bavarian stuff like pretzels and Lederhosen is so often used to represent Germany 🙂
      The reason for this is probably the widely popular Oktoberfest, which also takes place in Bavaria and presents lots of images of beer etc. This club though does say Alpen Club, which is clearly a southern thing.

      The dance is called a Schuhplattler btw (I know that because I grew up there:)), and it does get out of hand the more beer is consumed! And John, I’d like to see you in Lederhosen!!

      But really, the Lederhosen- beer thing is only a very small part of Germany. Germany has a huge art and Jazz scene for example, which rarely gets mentioned anywhere, and it’s very high-tech.

  8. Debo Hobo says:

    Pork Hock? Is that the same as a Ham Hock?

    1. John Chow says:

      I think so but I’m not sure.

  9. Never had Pork Hock. Glad to hear you had fun but because your blog shutdown are you so strapped for $10 now John lol

  10. EarningStep says:

    ahhahhahh.. i like the video

    1. But this one is loading very slow … is there any other one who is also facing this kind of problem ?

  11. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    $10 to enter the club and the picnic ground was really an awesome deal. The dancing was cool and the dancers looked enthusiasm. I’m sure you were enjoying the trip there John! 😀

    Regards,
    Lee

    1. Yes this one was really great … its nice to see that men were also dancing with the similar rhythm of females.

  12. game-girl says:

    The video is nice,love seeing enthusiastic people wherever they come from.

    1. They are from Germany … they have unique style of dancing

  13. fas says:

    John man you are totally hilarious, loved the lady had a good laugh when i said I am from east Germany.

  14. It would have been nice to see maybe the Star Wars dancers do the German slap dancing. Maybe you could edit a video to make it look like the 2 dances were together.

  15. Like most of Europe, several castles are littered throughout Germany. It contains the other two of Ludwig’s castles, the first one being the Neuschwanstein Castle. This is a must-see for all those families who are traveling through Germany because the place literally looks like it’s been torn out of a storybook.

  16. Dean Saliba says:

    I laughed at the ‘invade’ reference, don’t let them ever forget. lol

  17. One word: Beerfest!!!

  18. Eric Tan says:

    the food sounds good!!!

  19. Now thats we call a fun visit. This one is much better than your restaurant visit. Although I like those videos very much as well.

    But this one is refreshing one.

  20. Boy meat loaf was really looking great and smooth. Yummy … I want to come over there …

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