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Welcome to Germany in Alberta!

The German-Canadian Association of Alberta (GCAA), established in 1967, is the provincial umbrella organization for Alberta's many clubs, choirs, dance and performing arts groups, cultural groups, and language schools which support and promote German culture in this province.

The Association is a registered non-profit organization, representing the interests of Germans in Alberta, seeking to strengthen their contributions to Alberta's growth and diverse culture, and to encourage their participation in public and cultural life. It is our goal to raise public awareness of the culture and unique customs of German-speaking Canadians. The GCAA works to share our culture with Albertans and Canadians to increase awareness and understanding of Alberta's cultural diversity.


We were part of the Heritage Festival from the beginning over 40 years ago. As a matter of fact, the honourable Horst Schmid, a German immigrant from Bavaria and then minister in the provincial government, was the driving force to make his vision a reality.  His foresight made it happen and we are so proud to be part of the world’s largest Heritage Festival for so many years.


We hope that you find interesting things on our page and encourage you to browse the postings of various member clubs.

German Sauerkraut



  • 1          796ml can Hengstenberg Mildessa Sauerkraut

  •             Note: to get the desired result you need to use this brand which is available at German Delis or the Italian Centre Store. I have also seen it sometimes at Superstore.

  • 1         TBSP Caraway seeds

  • 1          TSP each salt and whole pepper corns

  • 1          TBSP sugar (I like brown sugar for more taste)

  • 2-3       bay leaves

  • 1           small piece of smoked pork (optional) – you can use a couple of strips of bacon

(the one enjoyed at the Heritage Festival)​


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  1. Mix all spices and pork (if using) together in a cup of water and bring to a boil.

  2. Add the sauerkraut from the can and stir. Cover the pot with its lid and simmer for 1 hour. The sauerkraut should be nice and soft.

  3. Stir a few times and if needed add a bit more water if there is no liquid left.

  4. Discard bay leaves before serving

Guten Appetit!

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