NEW BRAUNFELS – The legendary German Oktoberfest may have been canceled due to COVID-19, but the sausage will be sizzling and cold beer will flow during the Wurstfest 2021 celebration in New Braunfels, just a two-hour drive south of Killeen-Fort Hood.
Scheduled from November 5-14, this 60-year-old Bavarian food and drink tradition features live music, dancing, carnival rides and games, tons of food, beer (German brands) , Texas and National) and many special events.
Plans call for 36 food stalls offering treats such as sausage cheese balls, sausage on a stick, pork tenderloin, pork cutlets, wurstkabob, kase krispen, kartoffel krispen, sauerkraut. , wurst-n-taschen, kraut-n-taschen, ham and sauerkraut shanks, pork ribs, potato pancakes with sausage, turkey thighs, Reuben sandwich, Reuben quesadilla, breaded chicken wings beer, goulash, fried chicken bacon, onion flower, shrimp on stick, burgers, jalapeño poppers, nachos wurst, taco wurst, fried mushrooms, okra, stew, German donuts, Frito pie, roasted corn, corn dogs, corn- on-the-cob, pizza, fried Oreo cookie, German chocolate cake, apple strudel, bread pudding, German chocolate pie, chocolate-dipped pickles, ice cream, cookies, cinnamon buns, frozen brownies, cones of snow, cotton candy, sweet corn and more.
The Wurstfest will take place rain or shine, officials said. Food and drink are sold throughout the park, and visitors are prohibited from bringing their own food and drink. Beer sales require tickets, but food vendors will accept cash. ATMs are available throughout the park. Drink tickets can also be purchased online.
Seating is provided in all entertainment areas. Guests cannot bring personal seats (such as sun loungers) on the festival grounds. Shirts and shoes are mandatory, and ridiculous dirndls, lederhosen and hats are encouraged.
Parking in the area adjacent to the festival grounds is limited. Shuttle service may be available from local hotels, motels, and resorts, as well as from some of the major attractions. For more transportation information, visit rockinr.com/wurstwagen/, call 830-629-9999 or email [email protected]
Only trained service animals will be allowed on the festival grounds. All bags entering the festival will be subject to a security check. To avoid delays and streamline the admission process, it is recommended that guests do not bring a bag into the festival and approach the front door with a ticket, keys, money, ID and cell phone in hand. This will bypass the baggage screening and security screening process.
A list of prohibited items includes:
Illegal or illicit substances, drugs or drug paraphernalia
Weapons (including knives)
Flammable articles or liquids, including aerosols and fireworks (including mass)
Food or drink outside, including alcohol
Balls, frisbees or flying discs
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
Laser pens, laser pointers or similar focused light devices
Professional radios or walkie-talkies
Instruments, megaphones, horns or noise generators
The Wurstfest takes place at Landa Park in New Braunfels, near the sources of the Comal River, at 120 Landa Street. For more information on ticket sales, hours of operation and schedule of events, visit wurstfest.com/.
In addition to the festival, New Braunfels is also home to the legendary Gruene Historic District (pronounced “green”), a great place to hang out, stroll, and enjoy a fall afternoon in Texas.
Discover Gruene Hall, known as “the oldest dance hall in Texas”, where famous musicians have performed including names such as George Strait, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Leann Rimes, Chubby Checker , Bo Diddley, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the wheel, Albert Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Jo Shaver, Guy Clark, Merle Haggard, The Mavericks, Lisa Marie Presley, Leon Russell, Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, Buddy Guy , Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Whiskey Myers, Cody Jinks, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Dr. John, Tanya Tucker and many more.
For more information on other shopping, dining and entertainment attractions in Gruene, visit www.gruenetexas.com/.