Top 10 Mozartean Festival Food Treats

Friday at noon enjoy Constanza Cakes, Nannerl Nachos or a Da Ponte Dog when the Amadeus Deli broadcasts live from the Columbus Arts Festival on Classical 101.(Photo: Creative Commons/Flickr)
Friday at noon enjoy Constanza Cakes, Nannerl Nachos or a Da Ponte Dog when the Amadeus Deli broadcasts live from the Columbus Arts Festival on Classical 101.(Photo: Creative Commons/Flickr)

Classical 101′s Amadeus Deli is all about bringing you Mozartean delicacies to accompany whatever you might be noshing on during your weekday noon hours.

This Friday at noon, I will broadcast the Amadeus Deli live from the Columbus Arts Festival on the Downtown Columbus Riverfront. You’ll still hear all the great music by Mozart and his contemporaries that you’ve grown accustomed to hearing on the Amadeus Deli, along with conversations with guests from the Columbus arts community.

I imagine Mozart liked a good festival and would get a kick out of the Columbus Arts Festival, as much for its tasty treats as for its display of infinite artistic creativity.

Hmmm. If Mozart were to come to the Columbus Arts Festival, what would he eat? I let my imagination run a bit wild and came up with this list of 10 Mozartean festival food selections:

10. Constanza Cakes -  A new twist on funnel cakes, Constanza Cakes are sweet and packed with flavor, not unlike their namesake, Mozart’s wife.

9. Nannerl Nachos – Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, was a spectacular musician and anything but cheesy. But judging from some of the spicy exchanges in their correspondence, Nannerl had a good sense of fun and would have thrown many a fiesta if society had allowed her to cavort and carry on like her brother did. Nannerl now gets a little fiesta of her own!

8. The Loaded Leutgeb Baked Potato – I’ve never actually seen a baked, as opposed to fried, potato at a fair or festival, but I imagine there might be one somewhere. Mozart’s good friend Joseph Leutgeb was a phenomenal horn player who became a cheesemonger. Pile enough cheese and bacon atop a humble baked potato and it’s tasty enough for a festival!

7. MysliveChips – the ever-so-tasty pile of kettle chips smothered with your choice of naughty sauce. Named after Joseph Myslivecek, a composer about 20 years Mozart’s senior who once befriended Mozart then betrayed him over an opera contract. Mozart gets his revenge. (Hint: “smothered.”)

6. Esterhazy Ears – A “classical” take on cinnamon-sugared elephant ears, the name of these treats admittedly speaks more to Haydn than to Mozart. But I bet you’d eat some if you could find some.

5. Salzburg Sausage Balls – Oktoberfest meets artsfest meets yumfest.

4. Opera Cream Puffs – a lighter-than-air, more-caloric-than-you-ever-want-to-know confection in homage to one of the greatest opera composers the world has ever known.

3.  Colloredo Corn – Can’t keep yourself from eating kettle corn? Tell me about it. This version - named after Mozart’s erstwhile employer Archbishop Hiernoymous Colloredo, whom Mozart disliked, and who got fed up with Mozart’s general insouciance and sacked him – is just as irresistible.

2. Da Ponte Dogs –  Even a writer as poetic as Mozart’s great opera librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte could not describe this version of the familiar cormeal-coated favorite of fairs and festivals.

And finally …

1. Leopold on a Stick – Freud would have had a field day with this one.

Tune in Friday at noon for the Amadeus Deli’s live broadcast form the Columbus Arts Festival, and stop by WOSU Public Media’s Arts Festival booth at the corner of Rich Street and Civic Center Drive, June 6-8!

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