New Braunfels’ German heritage festival, Wurstfest, celebrates 60 years, November 5-14

Located in Landa Park, along the banks of the spring-fed Comal River, Wurstfest offers 10 days of Bavarian-inspired food, drink and entertainment, with rides and artisan shops.

“It’s a really special year for Wurstfest,” said the president of the Wurstfest Association. Randy Rust. “Not only will we honor 60 years of hosting what has become one of the Texas’ biggest German heritage festivals, we can also share the new Marktplatz with festival-goers from all over the world. ”

The Wurstfest Marktplatz, which was destroyed in a fire a few days after the 2019 festival closed, suffered a $ 13 million rebuild that will welcome guests with open-air gabled covered passages and wide walkways that facilitate access to all areas of the festival. The Marktplatz also has an improved retail and catering space and expanded and improved toilet facilities.

In the aftermath of the fire, Wurstfest canceled the 2020 festival for the first time in its 60-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To offset the costs lost by the cancellation and bring a sense of pride and joy, the organization invited supporters to be part of Wurstfest history by purchasing a personalized brick that opens the Marktplatz. Bricks bought before September 2021 will be presented on the new Marktplatz. Bricks are on sale again November, 1st and can be ordered online at https://wurstfest.com/brick-donor/.

“Honoring our history and heritage is the raison d’être of Wurstfest, and the success of the brick program illustrates how Wurstfest has brought joy and brotherhood to so many. New Braunfels has to offer, ”said Rust.

From its humble beginnings as a one-day sausage festival in 1961 run by a local vet and town meat inspector Ed grist, the Wurstfest now welcomes more than 200,000 visitors over its ten days.

Known for its delicious German sausages, Wurstfest revelers can try several varieties sold by nonprofits and local businesses with family recipes dating back to the late 1800s. German dishes like a Rueben sandwich, a sauerkraut , an escalope, potato pancakes or kartoffelpuffers are also on hand, as well as German strudels and pastries from New Brunswick Boulangerie Naegelin, 153 years old.

More than 20 local nonprofits benefit from the sale of food, drink and merchandise, some reaching their annual fundraising goals thanks to the generous support of participants.

Complementing good food and cold beer is the best of Alpine and Bavarian entertainment with performers like the Grammy Award-winning polka musician Jimmy sturr and his orchestra, Grammy-nominated accordionist Alex meixner and Mollie B with Squeezebox and Ted lange, which were recognized as International Group of the Year by the International Polka Association in 2019.

“It’s time to do polka, to dance, to have some good ol ‘ Texas fun, German style. It has been two long years, and we have a lot to celebrate. We invite everyone to visit Wurstfest because I know we all need a bit of German-style Gemuetlichkeit, fun and camaraderie, ”said Rust.

The festival opens Friday 5 November at 4:00 p.m. with the opening ceremonies and the annual “bite of the sausage” scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Open on Fridays 5 pm-11pm, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sundays 11 am-10pm and from Monday to Thursday 5 pm-10pm Entrance is free from Monday to Thursday and $ 18 online or $ 20 at the door on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

About Wurstfest
Wurstfest is a ten-day Bavarian-style festival held the first week of November in New Brunswick, Texas. The festival is organized and hosted by the Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels, a non-profit company whose aim is to promote the economy through tourism and to promote and preserve the rich German heritage of the community.

Contact:
Executive Director of Wurstfest
Suzanne Herbelin
830.625.9167

SOURCE New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau