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The German tradition is similar in spirit to its American counterpart, but still unique

Churches often decorate for the German 'Erntedankfest' holiday.

A holiday marking a time to give thanks is hardly a North American invention. In fact, many cultures around the world have had "thanksgiving" traditions for centuries.

Click here to see the Thanksgiving Holidays Around the World Slideshow!

One of the more established European examples is Germany’s Erntedankfest (meaning "harvest festival of thanks"). Unlike in the U.S. or Canada, the holiday does not have an official date, but is most often celebrated on the first Sunday of October (although the date can change depending on the region). It is primarily a religious celebration observed in rural areas in celebration of a successful harvest, and is usually only celebrated in churches in urban settings.

As for the food, different families have different menus, with some serving traditional German dishes like wienerschnitzel, while some families have adopted North American traditions and serve turkey. Dishes aside, both holidays honor the harvest, which usually means many food-inspired decorations including grains, honeycombs, and seasonal produce.

Want to introduce a traditional German dish to your Thanksgiving meal? Check out this recipe for wienerschnitzel.

A little taste of home

In the German-speaking countries Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest celebration called Erntedank or Erntedankfest (“harvest thanksgiving festival”). The observance usually takes place in September or October. Similar harvest festivals are common in many countries and regions around the globe.

In Switzerland, many communities observe Erntedank in mid-September. In Germany the observance is often on the first Sunday in October, which is usually also the first Sunday following Michaelistag or Michaelmas (29 Sept.). This puts the Germanic thanksgiving closer to Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday in early October, rather than the American observance in late November, but there is no official date or any nationwide observance as in the US and Canada. Not even the “official” Erntedank date of the first Sunday in October, recommended by the German Catholic Church since 1972, is followed uniformly everywhere in Germany, nor is it included in the Church calendar of official observances. In some areas,Erntedank coincides with the wine harvest and takes place as late as November.

Some aspects of the New World’s Thanksgiving celebration have taken root in Europe. Over the past few decades, Truthahn (turkey) has become a popular dish, widely available in German-speaking countries. The New World bird is valued for its tender, juicy meat, slowly usurping the more traditional goose (Gans) on special occasions. (And like the goose, it can be stuffed and prepared in similar fashion.) However, the Germanic Erntedankfest is still not a big day of family get-togethers and feasting like Thanksgiving in America. But like Thanksgiving, following theErntedankfest celebration, the unused food is distributed to the needy.The typical German, Austrian or Swiss thanksgiving celebration (Erntedankfest) is usually a rural harvest time observance with church services, a parade, music, and a country fair atmosphere. In larger cities,Erntedankfest is sponsored by Protestant and Catholic churches. A typical German church observance begins with a sermon and perhaps some choral singing. Then comes the thanksgiving procession, complete with the presenting of the traditional “harvest crown” (Erntekrone) for the harvest queen (Erntekönigin). (Note: The queen gets a crown much smaller than the one in the photo above.). Later in the day, there’s more music, dancing, and food. In some places, there is also an evening service followed by a lantern and torch parade (Laternenumzug) for the children — and even fireworks!

There are some turkey substitutes, usually so-called Masthühnchen, or chickens bred to be fattened up for more meat. Der Kapaun is a castrated rooster that is fed until he’s heavier than the average rooster and ready for a feast. Die Poularde is the hen equivalent, a sterlilized pullet that is also fattened up (gemästet). But this is not something done just for Erntedank.

While Thanksgiving in the US is the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, in Germany the unofficial starting date is Martinstag on November 11. (It used to be more significant as the start of 40 days of fasting before Christmas.) But things don’t really get started for Weihnachten until the first Adventsonntag(Advent Sunday) around December 1.

As you can tell from the above, the European thanksgiving observance is not anything like the more secular traditional family holiday and feast in Canada and the United States. Unless they live in a rural area or are church-goers, most Germans have only experienced Erntedankfest by seeing it on television. But, if you ever get a chance to personally participate in Erntedankfest in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, it will be a very enjoyable cultural experience!

Erntedankfest – Giving Thanks

Fall brings with it the turning of the leaves, the smell of fireplaces warming the crisp air, the excitement of football season, and the annual feast of Thanksgiving Day. Turkeys will be the centerpieces of most dinner tables, and side dishes, such as green bean casseroles, candied yams, and cranberries, will release their savory aroma into the air. On this fourth Thursday of November, Americans commemorate the early settlers’ thanksgiving to God for their land, harvest, continued survival and family togetherness, by feasting. Every year it seems the history and meaning of this country’s first Thanksgiving gets pushed further from memory.

For starters, where was the first Thanksgiving celebration in North America? Most people assume it was the well-known 1621 harvest celebration (Erntedankfest) of the Pilgrims in New England. But beyond the many myths associated with that event, there are other claims to the first American Thanksgiving celebration. These include Juan Ponce De Leon’s landing in Florida in 1513, and Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s service of Thanksgiving in the Texas Panhandle in 1541 along with others. But the offering of thanks at harvest time is not unique to America. Such observances are known to have been held by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and many other cultures throughout history.

The American celebration itself is a historically recent development, in fact connected only tenuously to any of the so-called “first” Thanksgivings. The American Thanksgiving of 1621 was all but forgotten until the 19th century. It was celebrated only occasionally in some regions for decades, and has only been a U.S. national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November since the 1940’s. President Lincoln declared a national Day of Thanksgiving on October 3, 1863. But it was a one-time event, and future Thanksgiving observances were based on the whims of various presidents. Today, our Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November. This was set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941), who changed it from Abraham Lincoln’s designation as the last Thursday in November (which could occasionally end up being the fifth Thursday and hence too close to Christmas for businesses).

Long before the first Europeans arrived in North America, farmers across Europe held celebrations at harvest time. To give thanks for their good fortune and the abundant harvest from fields and gardens, the farm workers filled a curved goat’s horn with fruit and grain. This symbol was called a cornucopia or horn of plenty. When they came to North America they brought this tradition with them.

Germans, too, celebrate a day of Thanksgiving to God for a plentiful harvest. On the first Sunday of October (in most locations), visitors to German churches will find an abundance of fruits, vegetables, sheaves of grain, and also baked goods, as decorations around the altars. Visitors to market places and fairgrounds will oftentimes find Erntedankfest (literally: harvest gratitude festival) dances, displays, booths, and other festivities to celebrate this occasion. In the regions where wine grapes are grown, Winzer (vintners) will present their new wines and allow for a public wine-tasting. A Bauernmarkt (farmers’ market) will allow visitors to purchase the freshest produce available. What sets the German celebration apart from its American cousin however, are the strong religious undertones of this event. First of all, the Germanic Erntedankfest (“harvest festival of thanks”) is primarily a rural and a religious celebration. When it is celebrated in larger cities, it is usually part of a church service and not anything like the big traditional family holiday in North America. Although it is celebrated locally and regionally, none of the German-speaking countries observes an official national Thanksgiving holiday on a particular day as in the U.S.

In German-speaking countries, Erntedankfest is often celebrated on the first Sunday in October, which is usually also the first Sunday following Michaelistag or Michaelmas (29 Sept.). This day is referred to as “Michaelmas” in many countries and is also one of the harvest feast days. This day also marks the opening of the deer and other large game hunting season. In some parts of Europe, especially Germany, Denmark, and Austria, a special wine called “Saint Michael’s Love” (Michelsminne) is drunk on this day. The name of the archangel Michael means, in Hebrew, who is like unto God? and he is also known as “the prince of the heavenly host.” He is usually pictured as a strong warrior, dressed in armor and wearing sandals.

Some aspects of the New World’s Thanksgiving celebration have caught on in Europe. Over the past few decades, Truthahn (turkey) has become a popular dish, widely available in German-speaking countries. The New World bird is valued for its tender, juicy meat, slowly usurping the more traditional goose (Gans) on special occasions. (And like the goose, it can be stuffed and prepared in similar fashion.) There are some turkey substitutes, usually so-called Masthühnchen, or chickens bred to be fattened up for more meat. Der Kapaun is a castrated rooster that is fed until he’s heavier than the average rooster and ready for a feast. Die Poularde is the hen equivalent, a sterlilized pullet that is also fattened up (gemästet). But this is not something done just for Erntedankfest. But the Germanic Erntedankfest is still not a big day of family get-togethers and feasting like it is in America.

What the North American tradition of Thanksgiving and the German celebration of Erntedank have in common, is the spirit of gratitude remembering our loved ones and appreciating our life’s bounty. These holidays are quintessential reminders of the importance of agriculture, which provides the foods and beverages that nourish us day in and day out.

Other Dishes

Our spread at this year’s Thanksgiving: turkey, glazed carrots, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, rolls, stuffing, and red cabbage. Only the gravy and cranberry sauce are missing from the picture.

The other dishes I made for my first Thanksgiving in Germany weren’t nearly as difficult as the turkey was. I was responsible for the stuffing, gravy, and also the cranberry sauce. Out of these three dishes, the only challenging part was finding fresh or even frozen cranberries for the sauce. Luckily, I was able to find 200-gram packages of fresh cranberries at V-Markt for about 2 Euros. God bless V-Markt. The base of the recipes for the stuffing, the gravy, and the cranberry sauce each came from this great video from Andrew Rea below.

Not only are the recipes great, but the videos are very well done and quite humorous. Add another great YouTube cooking channel to my subscriptions. My only complaint is that I couldn’t find a written out recipe for any of the dishes made in that video. This, along with the general fast pace of the video, made it pretty difficult to follow along and I had to write out some steps and ingredients to make it easier. I followed each recipe for methods but added different levels of ingredients or spices to my taste. Most importantly, I added some of the juices from the turkey’s roasting pan to the gravy, which drastically improved the gravy. Afterall, not adding the pan juices to your sauce is one of the mortal sins of cooking.

Did you know these 8 countries celebrate their own Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving may be seen as an American holiday, but the United States isn't the only place in the world where people give thanks annually. And it's definitely not the first country in the world to begin the tradition.

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November, the American version of Thanksgiving traces its origins to the Plymouth colonists in 1621. Later, in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln established the tradition as an official holiday. Of course, many Americans and others around the world had already been celebrating the end of the harvest season for centuries.

While the American Thanksgiving with its turkey dinner may be the best-known holiday of gratitude, people around the world gather together to give thanks each autumn, with some nations even declaring an official holiday. Traditions and histories may differ from country to country, but gratitude and celebration are universal values.

Here's a look at eight countries around the world that celebrate their own version of Thanksgiving:

Long before European settlers embarked for the Americas, the Chinese were already celebrating their own version of Thanksgiving. In fact, the tradition can be traced back at least 2,500 years.

Known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese celebrate the holiday around the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. This means it typically occurs in late September or early October, during the moon's fullest and brightest period.

Along with the festivities, the Chinese traditionally enjoy moon cakes, which contain duck eggs, ground lotus seeds and sesame seeds.

Liberia was founded by freed American slaves after the Civil War, leading to its government and culture being strongly influenced by the United States.

One of the cultural practices adopted by the African nation is Thanksgiving. Held on the first Thursday of each November, the holiday typically includes a church service, a crop auction and then a feast with family.

Instead of turkey and pumpkins, Liberians traditionally enjoy chicken and mashed cassavas during the holiday.

Known as Kinrō Kansha no Hi, or Labor Thanksgiving Day, the Japanese holiday traces its origins back some 2,000 years. Celebrated on November 23, the holiday is like a combination of American Thanksgiving and Labor Day.

During the day, the Japanese give thanks for workers' rights, with different celebrations taking place throughout the country.

Although it's no longer widely celebrated, many Germans - especially in rural areas - still celebrate Erntedankfest. The traditional harvest celebration is marked by fireworks, parades, dancing and music.

Taking place on the first Sunday of October, the festivities are typically hosted by churches. Instead of turkey, Germans usually eat geese or chicken.

South Korea

Taking place annually in mid to late September, Chuseok Day is very similar to American Thanksgiving. Koreans normally spend the day with their families, enjoying each other's company as well as a lot of food.

During the day, Koreans give thanks for their ancestors and also for the autumn harvest. Instead of football, Korean wrestling and circle dances are enjoyed during the festive day.

You've likely heard of Canadian Thanksgiving, but did you know it's actually older than the American tradition?

Historians believe the first Canadian Thanksgiving took place all the way back in 1578, when European settlers joined together in gratitude for a bountiful harvest. Today, Canadians celebrate similarly to their American neighbors, albeit on the second Monday of October.

Vietnam's Têt-Trung-Thu Festival, or Children's Festival, is celebrated similarly to China's Mid-Autumn Festival, and during the same time.

Traditionally, parents make amends to their children for not spending enough time with them during the busy harvest season. Like in the U.S., people spend the holiday with their families, giving thanks.

Grenadians have celebrated Thanksgiving Day on October 25 since 1983.

The holiday marks the American invasion of the island under President Ronald Reagan. While the invasion received international criticism and caused a global backlash, many in Grenada were grateful for the American intervention to counter Cuban influence.

To mark the intervention, Grenadians – aware of the American Thanksgiving tradition – put together their own version, which continues to be celebrated by many on the island nation today.

Father's Day in Germany began in the Middle Ages as a religious procession honoring God the father, on Ascension Day, which is after Easter. In modern-day Germany, Vatertag is closer to a boys' day out, with a pub tour than the more family-friendly American version of the holiday.

Even though it starts in September, the most German of holidays is called Oktoberfest. This holiday started in 1810 with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. They held a big party near Munich, and it was so popular that it became an annual event, with beer, food, and entertainment.

How is Thanksgiving celebrated around the world?

Celebrating and giving thanks for a good year is not only an American tradition.

What is Thanksgiving and from where does this tradition originate?

Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, is the one day a year where Americans come together to show their appreciation for the many good things in their lives. From enjoying time with family and friends to celebrating success at work, come 23 November, American families will be gathered around the table to offer up thanks for their good fortune.

The holiday came about at the founding of the nation, with the landing of the Mayflower in 1620. Pilgrims from England sailed across the atlantic in search of a new life with greater freedom. In the beginning they struggled, but with the guidance of the Native American Indians they soon began to thrive. After the end of the harvest, they invited the Native American Indians to come share a meal with them, as a gesture of their thanks and gratitude.

But celebrating and giving thanks for a good year is not only an American tradition.

It's actually a custom that is celebrated in a variety of ways by a number of different cultures. To help, the experts at language learning app Babbel have detailed some of the most fascinating Thanksgiving celebrations from around the world, showing that this really is a global tradition.

The Erntedankfest, or Harvest Festival, takes place on the first Sunday after each year's Michaelmas, celebrated annually on September 29th. The celebration begins with a sermon, followed by a procession, at the end of which the Ernteknigin (Queen of Harvest) is presented with a crown. Afterwards, there is plenty of music, dancing and the eating of fruit and vegetables from the harvest. While the celebrations aren't as family-focused as the ones in the States, the leftover food is given away to those in need. The Germans also don't favour turkey, instead opting for chicken, which is especially chosen and fattened up before the feast.

2. Brazil: Day of Thanksgivings

Up until 1949, Brazil held a religious celebration in thanks for the harvest that year. On a visit to the United States, the ambassador of Brazil, Joaquim Nabuco, took inspiration from the American Thanksgiving holiday. Bringing his learnings back home, he melded the American traditions with the local Brazilian festival to create what is now known as Dia de Ao de Graas &ndash a day of giving thanks. Celebrated on the same day as Thanksgiving in the States, not all Brazilians participate in the festival, as it is not an officially recognised holiday in Brazil. Those that do celebrate, however, eat turkey and stuffing, along with pumpkin pie and sweet or mashed potatoes. The fundamental part of the day, however, remains making time to spend with family and friends.

3. The Netherlands: Thanksgiving

Before heading to the New World, many of the Pilgrims who went to America spent just over a decade in Leiden &ndash a small city in South Holland. In the 17th century, they started as a group of religious separatists in England, who were unhappy with the Church of England's new direction. King James of England punished their rebellion with fines, imprisonment, and even execution. So they fled. After a brief stop in Amsterdam, they arrived in Leiden, where they were free to worship how they wished. Later, the Netherlands' economic instability and a desire for a more liberal culture led them to sail to America in 1620.

While in Holland, Leiden had provided the Pilgrims with a temporary safe haven that was much appreciated. Apparently, the Dutch thought pretty highly of the Pilgrims, too. Every year on American Thanksgiving Day, Leiden commemorates the religious refugees who lived and worked there centuries before. Residents of the city gather for a non-denominational service in honour of the Pilgrims' perseverance. There's no coma-inducing feast, but cookies and coffee are served.

4. Liberia: Liberian Thanksgiving

Liberia was founded in the 19th century by freed slaves from the United States. It may not come as a surprise, then, that the Liberian Thanksgiving shares similar traditions as the United States. The celebrations take place on the same day, however, noticeable differences lie in the food. Liberians eat cassavas instead of potatoes, and add spices to make the meat more flavourful.

5. Vietnam: Têt-Trung-Thu Festival

Celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar cycle &ndash usually falling at the end of September or the start of October, and always during the full moon, the Vietnamese recognise Têt-Trung-Thu as a time to give thanks and celebrate their families. The festival coincides with the end of harvest, and folklore states that because the parents were so busy working in the months ahead, the festival was started as a way to show appreciation to the children, shower them with love, and hold a candlelit procession at dawn in their honour.

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'Erntedankfest,' or a German Thanksgiving - Recipes

Here are links to the sites on traditionally celebrated holidays in Germany like Christmas, Easter, Fasching, Loveparade, Oktoberfest, and more.

German Holidays

Christmas in Germany
Learn how Christmas is celebrated in Germany. Here are typical Christmas activities, traditions and recipes.

Easter in Germany
Find out the Easter traditions from Germany. Here are Easter recipes, activities, games, and egg decoration customs.

Erntedankfest - Thanksgiving in Germany
Germans also have a Thanksgiving Day - they call it Erntedankfest. Here are the traditions of this German holiday.

Find out what Fasching, or Carnival, is, how it gets started and what's going on during the celebration.

Future Parade
Always the sun! Get news on the nearest Future Parade, have a look at the party timetable, have a look at the pictures, read some history. In German.

German Easter Traditions
Find out the Easter traditions from Germany. Here are Easter recipes, activities, games, and egg decoration customs.

German-American Day: Tercentenary History of Friendship
History and celebration of German-American Day in the United States.

Halloween in Germany
Halloween - All Saints' Day - is the public holiday in Germany. Learn about the Halloween traditions.

Berlin hosts the Loveparade every summer starting from 1989. Here are the facts from the previous years, history of the Parade.

May Day, May Wine, Maypole
May 1st is an official holiday in German-speaking countries. This is the International Workers' Day. However there are many more interesting traditions connected with this day that were observed in ancient times.

Oktoberfest - German Beer Drinking Fest
Oktoberfest is the beer drinking festival held in Munich, Germany. Celebrated in October, after the harvest is already gathered, it gives people a lot of fun and . beer!

St. Martin's Day
The key figure of St. Martin's Day is 11. Find out the history of this German holiday and the typical traditions of celebration.

St. Nikolaus Day
St. Nikolaus Day is the kids' most favorite holiday when they find treats and gifts in their socks in the morning. Here is the history and the traditions of celebration in Germany.

St. Valentine's Day
St. Valentine's Day is an international holiday, and it is widely celebrated in Germany. Learn about the historical background of the holiday, and the traditions of celebration.

Tradition of Sylvester, or New Year's Eve
December 31st - St. Sylvester Day celebration customs.


13. Myth: The Pilgrims fled to American to escape religious persecution.

The Pilgrims are famous for their religious lifestyle. But they didn’t come to America to escape religious persecution like some claim. In fact, they had already done that when they left England and moved to Leiden, Holland during the early 17th century. They then decided to leave Holland where they had religious freedom, but were having trouble making ends meet. Some also feared losing their English identity among the Dutch.

'Erntedankfest,' or a German Thanksgiving - Recipes

In a recent post I mentioned some events that take place in Germany in Autumn. Today I’d like to tell you a little more about one of them, namely Erntedankfest – the “German Thanksgiving”.

Erntedank — Photo by Norbert Staudt on under a CC license (CC BY 2.0)

First, the breakdown of the word. ‘Ernte’ means harvest, while ‘Dank’ comes from ‘Danke’, meaning thank you, and ‘Fest’ is German for festival or celebration. The word Erntedankfest therefore translates to ‘Harvest thank festival’. So Erntedankfest is a harvest festival where you express thanks for the food you have received throughout the year!

If you live in the USA, this will sound very similar to Thanksgiving. In the USA, Thanksgiving has become a secular holiday centred around food and family get-togethers – but in Germany it is still a rather religious occasion, centred around church services and giving thanks for the land-grown vegetation – the maize, corn, fruit and vegetables – that have fed everyone for another year.

Erntedankfest is usually celebrated on the first Sunday in October, though this date can vary from region to region.

Photo by jeurgen-tesch on under a CC license (CC BY 2.0)

Typically, the day includes a church service, a procession, the presenting of an Erntekrone (harvest crown), then food, drink and music, and an evening torchlight procession through the town. Church altars are decorated with wreaths, flowers and fruit, and Blasmusik (music played with brass/wind instruments) is played at these services and during the processions.

Some towns and cities hold farmers’ markets selling fresh produce, and bring along their tractors or horses for the local people to see. It is basically a celebration of the land and of all things agricultural! There are also often lots of activities for kids at these Erntedankfest celebrations, so they are well worth getting involved with if you happen to be in Germany around late September/early October.

Erntedankfest procession with Blasmusik. Photo: madle-fotowelt on under a CC license (CC BY-ND 2.0)

You can find a very typical, traditional Erntedankfest held at the church Evangelisches Johannesstift in Berlin.

There is a traditional Erntedankfest Lied (song) called “Wir pflügen und wir streuen” (‘We plough and we scatter’), often sung by choirs at these church services. Here it is:

Have you ever experienced Erntedankfest in Germany? Let me know in the comments!

Related vocabulary:

Agriculture – die Landwirtschaft

To plough – pflügen

Tractor – der Traktor

Horse – das Pferd

Harvest crown – die Erntekrone

Blessing – der Segen

Bread – das Brot

Turkey – der Truthahn

Church – die Kirche

Church service – der Gottesdienst

Prayer – das Gebet

Maize – der Mais

Corn – das Korn

Flour – das Mehl

Fruit – das Obst

Vegetables – das Gemüse

To be grateful/thankful – dankbar sein

Brass/wind music – die Blasmusik

Trumpet – die Trompete

Tuba – die Tuba

Ceremony – die Zeremonie

Procession – die Prozession

Wreath – der Kranz

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Impress Your Thanksgiving Guests With Dishes Straight from the Cookbooks of Illenium, Deorro, More

With turkey, potatoes and cranberries galore, if you don&apost end your Thanksgiving with a straining waistband and a tryptophan-induced post-meal nap, you&aposre doing something wrong. 

To help prep your menu, we&aposve cooked up a list of seven top DJ and music producers&apos favorite Thanksgiving meals and recipes. Hailing from the US, Canada and Germany, they each celebrate the holiday in their own ways, but have come together to bring you all the necessary ingredients for a five-star dinner�pending on your skills in the kitchen, that is.


First up is future bass star ILLENIUM, who selected Bourbon Yams with Pecan Topping as his favorite Thanksgiving meal.

"I grew up eating this on Thanksgiving at my grandma “Mops” house. I’m not the biggest fan of Thanksgiving food in general but these yams are fire and something I&aposm definitely grabbing seconds of. The best part is the topping which is this delicious layer of brown sugar candied pecans (my fam usually doubles the topping recipe—it&aposs that good). I remember my sister and I would get in trouble for eating some of the topping before it was served. Our whole family uses this recipe so no matter where we spend the holidays, it still feels like home when I eat these yams."

Find his recommended five-step recipe here. 


For her dish of choice, Canadian bass wunderkind WHIPPED CREAM selected, to no surprise, "a bowl of whipped cream with a tiny sliver of pumpkin pie." "It is so special to me I even made it my career name," she said. 

For this one, the ingredients are sweet and simple: "One heavy cream, one whip." 

Felix Jaehn

In Germany, Thanksgiving is celebrated as an early October harvest festival called Erntedankfest. While his family never celebrated the holiday, famed DJ and music producer Felix Jaehn is looking forward to hosting his first "proper Thanksgiving" this year with some American friends, using an outdoor campfire to stay socially distanced. 

"Personally, it’s important that it’s seasonal and local food, because to be grateful for the food that’s growing around me for the harvest, that’s the crucial idea behind Thanksgiving, for me. I think we’re going to try to make a vegan burger and I have some amazing vegan aioli that a friend makes. I’m going to throw some onions on it, and instead of the bun I sometimes like to use portobello mushrooms because they make it extra juicy. That’s a little trick of mine. And then, as a side, we’ll do oven potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper, as well as rosemary and thyme from the garden."


According to Los Angeles native Deorro, despite the many, many ways to cook the humble potato, the mashed variety is unbeatably superior. Mashed potatoes also just so happen to be his favorite Thanksgiving food. 

Check out his recipe here. His preferred method involves russet potatoes, sour cream and a big ole bag of Mexican cheese. 

Louis the Child

Behind the Louis the Child moniker are two Chicago-born producers named Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren. 

Kennett: "When I think of Thanksgiving, the first food I think of is pumpkin pie! I love a good pumpkin pie, and my extended family would always have 6-10 different pumpkin pies at our thanksgiving dinner. I𠆝 try them all, and the sweet and tasty ones were always my favorite. I remember one year, there was a viral video of someone eating a Patti LaBelle pumpkin pie, and they were screaming, “Ohh Patti. Patti!! My god Paatttii. &apos And my family was joking around all night saying &aposOhhh Patti. &apos"

Hauldren: "I immediately think of mashed potatoes. I&aposm lactose intolerant so my Mom is always kind enough to make a separate batch of mashed potatoes for me without milk. They&aposve always been my favorite Thanksgiving food and the dish that I grab seconds and thirds of. When I was really young I ate 20 lbs of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving and then didn&apost eat anything for three weeks because I was so full."

Together, they recommend Kennett&aposs morning go-to, a Jimmy Dean&aposs Breakfast Sandwich, and Robby&aposs tried-and-true recipe for a sugar-free ice water. Find their step-by-step instructions here. 

Young Bombs

Canadian powerhouse duo Young Bombs may not necessarily recommend the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink dessert they whipped up for us in the video below, but it&aposs certainly colorful.

𠇊 couple of years ago, we celebrated a nontraditional Thanksgiving with each other. Tristan decided to handle the dessert and rather than make a festive pumpkin pie, he created his own disasterpiece. What sounded like a good idea on paper turned out to be the worst holiday creation of the century and Martin can attest to it.”

Dr. Fresch

For his Thanksgiving meal, Dr. Fresch prescribes Zesty Orange Cranberry Sauce, putting a special kick on the essential side dish.

"Thanksgiving has always been special to my family—we love to eat! Like a good Dr. Fresch set, staples in my family are remixes of classics cranberry sauce is our family staple. What makes our sauce so incredibly fire is the orange infusion, and taking care to choose quality orange juice and zest. If you are as large as I am and consequently have a greater understanding of the palette, you would understand the importance of the sweet and savory combination on the big day. This food is special to me because of this, and because of how we always rave about the sauce."

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