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Wurstfest 2009 – A Total Sausagefest

April 6, 2009

By Rob Hoffmann

Last Sunday (3/29/2009), Pandora’s Lunchbox and Craves, Caves, and Graves went on our first co-blogging adventure. A small group of us decided to trek out west to spend the day in Hermann, Missouri for Wurstfest – a day of site seeing, wiener dog races, and food. The weather started out a little questionable but ended up being a beautiful day. This was the first food-related festival I had ever been to, so I was excited to see what the day had in store.

First up was the Whole Hog Breakfast sponsored by the Hermann Fire Department. On our drive out, I admitted that I was somewhat intimidated by the idea of a “whole hog” breakfast? What did “whole hog” mean? Was is just a lot of bacon and sausage or would we be served omlets with snouts and ham hocks? Would I be able to stomach a snout omlet?

Reality ended up being both a relief and a letdown.

Eggs, pancakes, and two kinds of sausage for $3.

Eggs, pancakes, and two kinds of sausage for $3.

Don’t get me wrong, the food was fantastic, but I got my hopes up a little that it would have been more than just sausage. Breakfast included scrambled eggs, pancakes, and two different kinds of sausage, plus your beverage of choice for $3. It was served buffet style and was all-you-can-eat, but none of us dared to get another plate as we were all pretty stuffed.

After breakfast, we stopped by the Hofgarten to see what was going on. They were still setting up for the most part, but we did get to see a vendor make some sausage and try a couple samples.

Sausage Makers at Work

Sausage Makers at Work

Next, we made our way over to Hermannhof Vineyards. The upstairs area had a giftshop, a deli/bakery, and a restaurant/dining area. Downstairs was the cool dungeon-like wine cellar with all the barrels.

Stone Hill Winery Cellar

Stone Hill Winery Cellar

More Barrels

More Barrels

Sorry, I don’t know anything about wine or I would prattle on about things such as grapes or fermentation techniques. I just thought the cellar was pretty neat.

After the winery, we headed to the German School museum and the Wiener Dog Derby. Both of these will be covered more in depth over at Craves, Caves, and Graves, but here is a little taste:

Here is an old newspaper clipping from the museum:

The Belles of Hermann, MO. Hot.

The Belles of Hermann, MO. Hot.

And here is a wiener dog race in progress – cocktail class:

Run, Wiener Dogs, Run!

Run, Wiener Dogs, Run!

After the races, we finished up our day back at the Hermannhof Festhalle where all the bratwurst and sausage submissions were laid out for viewing. Juding was the previous day.

Hermannhof Festhalle

Hermannhof Festhalle

Contest Submissions

Contest Submissions

More Submissions

More Submissions

In the fest hall were four of the vendor/contestants who were offering up their products for tasting and purchase. The first vendor we sampled also happened to be my favorite – Swiss Meat & Sausage Company. I enjoyed them so much that I bought some bratwurst for my parents’ and myself – Beer & Cheddar (which was awesome!) and Apple Cinnamon, which I’m saving for a nice breakfast sometime.

Paradise Locker Meats - one of the vendors set up in the Festhalle

Paradise Locker Meats - one of the vendors set up in the Festhalle

Overall, we all agreed it was a good way to spend the day. Hermann is a nice little town with a lot to offer, even when there isn’t a festival going on, and I could see myself returning another year.

Just a sidenote – this was also the first time I ever had headcheese… and while the flavor was really good, the texture was a little disturbing. I guess I just prefer my meat to be a little less… gelatinous. Oof.

Resources:
Hermann Chamber of Commerce
Hermannhof Vineyards
German School Museum

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3 comments

  1. Was there really a cocktail class? If so, what were the other classes?


    • We only saw the cocktail class (puppies) and the beginning of the frankfurter class (lightweights?). Huh. Now I wish I knew. Schnitzel class maybe?


  2. I will explain the wine cellars and barrels in the near future. The short is that the barrels add to the flavors of the wine while the brew ferments, but there is a little more behind the scenes. I’ll put it on the list of future posts to Pandora’s Lunchbox.



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