Wurstfest (Sausage Festival)

Begins on the Friday before the first Monday in November
A festival billed as "The Best of the Wurst," Wurstfest is held in the town of New Braunfels, Tex., to celebrate the sausage-making season and recall the town's German heritage. New Braunfels was settled in 1845 by German immigrants led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, a cousin of Queen Victoria. The prince chose lands along the Comal and Guadalupe rivers, envisioning a castle on the riverbanks. But the rigors of the wilderness proved too much, and he abandoned his castle plans and went home, while those who had followed him were left behind. They were decimated by starvation and disease, but the survivors eventually prospered, finding abundant water and rich soil.
The ten-day "salute to sausage" features polka music, German singing and dancing, arts and crafts, sporting events, a biergarten, and German food—especially sausage.
Wurstfest Association
P.O. Box 310309
New Braunfels, TX 78131
800-221-4369 or 830-625-9167
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