Much like the Dutch Kerststol or the more familiar Italian Panettone during the holiday season, the German Stollen is a loaf-shaped dense sweet dough or bread-like cake containing dried fruit, covered with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or fondant icing. 

The German people take their stollen seriously. So much so, they have an official association of Stollen Bakers. So when you are shopping for your loaf of stollen, be sure it dons the golden “Seal of Quality" on the package. Only products labeled with that seal are genuine Dresden Christmas Stollen. The Stollenschutzverband (Trade Protection Society Dresden Stollen) awards this quality seal as an authenticity certificate and thereby guarantees that the respective Stollen has been made by hand in Greater Dresden and meets the high quality demands of the Stollenschutzverband; like from Bäckerei & Konditorei Gnauck Bakery. I wouldn't want you eating an unofficial Stollen!

21st Stollen Festival takes place December 6th, 2014 in Dresden Germany.

Traditionally, Dresden’s bakers and pastry-chefs celebrate the so-called Stollen Festival on every Saturday prior to the 2nd Advent. Thus, this year’s Stollen Festival takes place on December 6, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.