NEW BRAUNFELS, TX, October 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dust off the lederhosen and don the “chicken hat,” Wurstfest 2021 begins November 5 and crosses November 14marking the 60th anniversary of the festivaland celebration year New Braunfels’ and Texas’ German heritage.
Located in Landa Park, along the banks of the spring-fed Comal River, Wurstfest offers 10 days of Bavarian-inspired food, drink and entertainment, complete 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 be honoring 60 years of hosting what has become one of Texas’ biggest German heritage festivals, but we also share the new Marktplatz with festival-goers from all over the world.
The Wurstfest Marktplatz, which was destroyed in a fire days after the 2019 festival closed, suffered a $13 million rebuild that will welcome guests with open-air gabled walkways and wide walkways that provide easy access to all festival areas. The Marktplatz also includes improved retail and catering space and expanded and improved washroom 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 to bring a sense of pride and joy, the organization invited fans to be part of Wurstfest history through the purchase of a custom brick which opens the Marktplatz.
Bricks bought before September 2021 will be presented in the new Marktplatz. The bricks are back on sale November, 1st and can be ordered online at https://wurstfest.com/brick-donor/.
“Honoring our history and heritage is what Wurstfest is all about, and the success of the brick program exemplifies how Wurstfest has brought joy and camaraderie to so many. The festival is truly community driven and showcases the very best New Braunfels has to offer,” Rust said.
From humble beginnings as a one-day sausage festival in 1961, run by a local veterinarian and town meat inspector Ed GristWurstfest now welcomes over 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 that date back to the late 1800s.
German dishes like a Rueben sandwich, sauerkraut, schnitzel, potato pancakes or kartoffelpuffers are also on hand, as well as German strudels and pastries from New Braunfels’ 153-year-old Naegelin Bakery.
More than 20 local nonprofit organizations benefit from the sale of food, beverages and merchandise, with some reaching their annual fundraising goals thanks to the generous support of participants.
Complement good food and cold beer is the best of Alpine and Bavarian entertainment with artists like the Grammy Award-winning polka musician Jimmy Stur and his orchestra, Grammy-nominated accordionist Alex Meixner and Mollie B with Squeezebox, and Ted Langewhich was recognized as International Group of the Year by the International Polka Association in 2019.
‘It’s time to polka, to dance, to have some good ol’ Texas fun, German style. It’s 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 Gemuetlichkeit – German-style fun and camaraderie,” Rust said.
The party opens friday november 5 to 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies and the annual “bite of the sausage” scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Open Fridays 5pm-11pmSaturdays from 11 a.m. to midnightSundays 11am-10pm and Monday to Thursday 5pm-10pm Admission is free from Monday to Thursday and $18 in line or $20 at the door on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Wurstfest is a ten-day Bavarian-style festival held the first week of November in New Braunfels, TX. The festival is organized and hosted by the Wurstfest Association of New Braunfelsa non-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote the economy through tourism and to promote and preserve the rich German heritage of the community.