Thursday, October 4, 2007

Wurstfest?

CNN reported that Sausage Fest is no more....

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) -- Any old town can have its own Oktoberfest. The beer stein-hoisting events pop up all over in late September and early October.

But New Braunfels, a Central Texas town with strong ties to its German heritage, waits till a little later in the fall to honor a specific piece of Deutschland tradition: sausage.

The city has been holding "Wurstfest: The 10-day salute to sausage," for the last 46 years, drawing curious, and hungry, visitors from the world over. A large, lush park near a spring-fed river transforms every fall into the international center of Gemutlichkeit -- "fun and fellowship, German style."

The fest kicks off with the traditional "biting of the sausage" and always begins on the Friday before the first Monday in November. This year that's November 2.

But why wurst -- the German word for sausage?

The town began the event in 1961 to drum up business for local restaurants, markets and sausage makers and extend the tourist season later into the fall, when Texas weather becomes bearable, even pleasant. Originally the one-day "Sausage Festival," it has evolved into the longer event it is now. Estimates say the fest will get more than 125,000 visitors this go-around. In the past it's pulled in as many as 200,000.

If you go ...

Wurstfest: Nov. 2-11; Landa Park, New Braunfels, Texas; http://www.wurstfest.com or 800-221-4369. Daily admission: $8 ($6 if purchased before Nov. 1). Located 35 miles north of San Antonio.

The rest of the story here
HAHAHAHA too classic

--Cheski