Wurstfest - A Salute to Sausage and Beer!

Wurstfest is like Germany's Oktoberfest, but in Texas. This is my absolute favorite annual event in the entire state of Texas and you do not want to miss it!


It is the salute to sausage and beer! There are many carts/stands cooking up traditional German and Bavarian food - many varieties of fresh-grilled sausage, pork chops, herb-roasted chicken, latkes (potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream, all the side dishes, and even funnel cake for dessert. The food selection at the festival is huge.


But what would Oktoberfest be without beer? They have stands serving pitchers of a great selection of German beers (and some wine too). Many different styles of brews will be available from the Bavarian and Alpine regions.


Entertainment? Oh yeah, they have that too! Several bands play each night, including some flown over from Germany. Yodeling? Yep. Polka? You betcha. Chicken dance? Of course!


The festival is in New Braunfels, which is only about 45 minutes south of Austin. A quick drive for a night of fun, frolicking, and feasting you will never forget!


Given the size of the festival, we will make things easier for our gang to find each other. I will be getting there early to stake out a table for us in the "big tent" and I will have glow bracelets for everyone. As the date grows closer, I will post more details about where we will meet inside the festival.


The website with directions, schedule, entertainment, and ticket information is:


http://www.wurstfest.com


P.S. - Although this event is scheduled for 7 PM, I will be going down there early that day to beat some traffic and stake out our table in the big tent. I am probably leaving Austin around 4 PM. If anyone wants to meet there early and get a jump on the festivities, just let me know!


P.P.S. - It is a really quick and easy drive from Austin, but I realize some people may want to carpool. I will leave that to y'all to coordinate amongst yourselves.


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  • Darlene D.

    Guys, I've gotta bail. This move was just expensive & can't convince myself to spend the money. I need bath mats & closet stuff instead :P lolol Hope like heck you all have a blast!! Yes, I'm looking forward to pics of the yummy food & chicken dance! :D

    November 7, 2013

    • Jeremy

      Darlene you missed out, but glad you got moved!

      1 · November 8, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Chicken Dance!

    2 · November 8, 2013

  • Jay

    I am here and have a table for us in the main hall. When you arrive, ask anyone how to find the main hall (also called "big tent"). It is directly connected to the food/shops area - a huge room with a large stage, hundreds of tables, family crests adorning the walls, and colorful streamers from the ceiling. Enter the main hall from the walkway directly next to the New Braunfels Little League food stand (pork chops). You will see a drink ticket booth in front of you and the stage to your left. We have the very first table, on your immediate right, as you enter the main hall. I am wearing jeans and a black coat, and sporting a pitcher of Hofbrau Oktoberfest. There are also a stack of glow sticks sitting on our table. Prost!

    November 8, 2013

    • Jeremy

      I'm with Jay in a yellow plaid flannel! If you get lost ...5209774803

      November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can anyone share their number to touch base in case there's any problem with checking meetup on phone?

    November 8, 2013

  • Joan B.

    I'm up for carpooling. I live over by steck and mopac. But I can drive south to meet up.

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Heather. I think my friend will tag along so will reach with him on my own. Will meet up everyone there!

      November 7, 2013

    • Heather

      Okay! See you up there.

      November 8, 2013

  • Jay

    I am planning to arrive at Wurstfest around 5:30 or 6 PM. I will be there early to stake out a table for us in the "big tent." If anyone wants to come by early, let me know. Once I arrive and find our table, I will post a comment here, so you know where to find the group.

    If you have not been to Wurstfest before, we will be in the "main hall" (also known as the "big tent"); just ask anyone there how to get to that area. In a nutshell, you will go to the area where all the food and shops are located. There is a huge room *directly* connected to the food area - this is the main hall. You can not miss it. The main hall is an enormous open room, containing hundreds of tables, family crests lining the walls, and a large stage in the middle of the room.

    There are several smaller tents throughout the grounds, but the main hall, where the group will be, is HUGE and directly connected to the food area. I will post again with more specifics once I arrive on-site. See y'all there soon!

    November 8, 2013

  • Joan B.

    Ananya, I'm really sorry about just seeing your message. Do you need a ride? I changed my mind about driving because I have a class at 9am on Saturdays. AND Govt Mule is playing at Stubbs. . .Sorry Guys! See you next Wed. Have fun and eat a few sausages for me!

    November 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem Joan, have a great time at the show!

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would prefer carpooling as well, who else would be up for that?

    November 3, 2013

    • Heather

      Ananya -- thank you so much for your offer to carpool. I am going to give up my seat.. I am going to go up with Chris and Alex. See you up there!

      November 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure no problem. I missed the last meetup so couldn't talk to anyone about it! See you!

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Word of advice: the main I-35 exit is closed during this event, you'll have to take exit 189 and go around. Also, there is plenty of road construction in that zone, so you may have to detour; a GPS might be a good idea if you don't know where you're going.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some advice for this event: 1) they only accept cash, so rather than stand in line there to pay a fortune to withdraw some money, bring it with you! 2) You can buy tickets online in advance, and skip the ticket line at the entrance. 3) Carpool and park at the Knights of Columbus right across the street for $10, versus hunting for street parking 1/2 mile away.

    1 · November 3, 2013

    • Jay

      As Denver mentioned, you can buy your entrance ticket ($10) online and bypass the wait in line to get in. That is strongly recommended! They do have ATM machines (unknown fee) inside, but if you want to avoid the fees (and another line), bring cash. Figure $10 - $20 for food (depending on how much you want to eat) and drink prices are listed on their website (pro tip: buy a pitcher of beer, not a pint). As for parking, the Knights of Colombus directly across the street is the best choice ($10).

      November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The ATM fee there is $4, a 64 oz pitcher of German beer is $25, cup (12 oz?) is $6, sausage/pork chop on a stick is $5 each (one of each and I was stuffed)

      November 5, 2013

  • Kris

    It just so happens I already have that Friday off work, I've never been to Wurstfest before, I adore bratwurst and German beer, and I can do a mean chicken dance (my grandparents taught it to me in my formative years).

    2 · October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Three musts: Paulaner beer, pork chop on a stick, Alex Meixner in the big tent!

      November 3, 2013

    • Jeremy

      Did someone say pork chop on a stick? I concur...So good...

      1 · November 3, 2013

  • Joan B.

    Thanks Jay! It's worth it just for the yodeling alone! And thanks for the carpooling offer. Count me in!

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • Heather

      Are you going to yodel Joan? :)

      October 30, 2013

  • Heather

    I would like to carpool.. I can drive or go with someone and I can leave whenever...

    October 30, 2013

  • Jeremy

    an event so good it's kept Carlos coming back for a year!!!

    4 · October 4, 2013

    • Carlos

      It's true.

      2 · October 5, 2013

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