Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wurstfest, New Braunfels, Texas

Wurstfest is a huge event that ran from October 30 through November 8, 2009, in New Braunfels, Texas. I had never heard of it before, but it sounded like fun, so we went, with our son Scott & his wife Tara, in tow. They also met up with some friends there. The place is like a fair grounds, with a ferris wheel, a big tent with music near the entrance, and further in, the Wursthall and marktplatz. There were vendors of souvenirs (of course) and many food vendors. You could get wurst on a stick, a sampler wurst kabob, funnel cakes, potato pancakes with applesauce, pork chops on a stick, fried dill pickles, fried cheesecake, and fried oreos, among other offerings. Almost forgot to mention that they also serve beer, which you can only buy with tickets. They have some German beers, along with standard American beers, and of course Shiner Bock, our native Texas beer. We did not try the cheesecake, but we did have the oreos and dill pickles. The oreos weren't bad; the dill pickles, which were battered and deep fried, and served with ranch dip, were wonderful. I'm not usually a fan of dill pickles, but these truly were wonderful.
We found a place to sit in the Wursthall, where we enjoyed our beer and food, while listening to a really great band. We expected German music, and it all sounded somewhat like that, but they played quite a variety of styles, including blue grass and Stars & Stripes Forever, complete with piccolo. It was a very enjoyable evening, not as crowded on Friday evenings, apparently, as it is on Saturday evenings. There were lots of people there, many of whom were wearing strange hats, and some of whom were carrying tall
stacks of empty
plastic beer pitchers. Despite all the beer drinking going on the vast majority of the people were very well behaved (we did see one escorted out by police, but he didn't look drunk, so who knows what he was up to).

The facilities here are nice. The restrooms are big enough to handle the crowds with very little waiting. This is the only place I've ever been where the line in the ladies' room
is for the sinks!

They have a website: www.wurstfest.com; they already have dates scheduled for the next three years. If you're in the area, it's a fun event to go to.

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