New Braunfelos celebrates its 50th annual Wurstfest // © 2010 Wurstfest
The tradition continues this year as New Braunfels, Texas, hosts the 50th Annual Wurstfest celebration. The festival is a unique event, rich in German culture, where clients enjoy the finest in Alpine- and Bavarian-style food and entertainment.
Set along the banks of the beautiful Comal River, Wurstfest kicks off on Oct. 29 and lasts through Nov. 7; the festival opens on weekdays at 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Closing times vary by day.
At its inception in 1961, the culinary focus of the then one-day festival was sausage; now a ten-day affair, the menu has expanded to include a variety of food as well, such as wurst tacos, sauerkraut pizzas, shish-kabobs and wurst-kabobs.
In terms of entertainment, the festival will feature a polka contest, various games, rides and live music. To cater to the many families attending Wurstfest, the festival introduced Kinderhalle, a special children's entertainment area, and admission is free for children under the age of 12.
A non-profit organization, Wurstfest intends to promote local commerce, specifically through tourism, and support the preservation of community heritage. The festival serves as a platform for local organizations to raise funds for a number of community projects.