“From bratwurst and sauerkraut to schnitzel sandwiches and pounds of hand peeled German potato salad, there is bound to be something to tempt everyone,” explains festival chairman Tim Pecsenye. “We even have festival favorites like funnel cakes and ice cream to satisfy the pickiest eaters.”
Full chicken dinners, smoked ham shanks, jalapeño Wurst, smoked Wurst, Brat patty sandwiches, pretzels, Leberkäs platters, Leberkässemmel, cheddar Wurst, Sauerkraut balls, hand cut Pommes Frites, cream puffs, pickles, landjäger, sweet corn and freshly popped popcorn are just a few of the options guests can expect during their weekend at the GAF. And new in 2012: a special Bratwurst made with Swiss cheese and mushrooms!
This year the second potato pancake booth has been moved and expanded, meaning shorter lines for those who want to sample this traditional treat, made the old-style, German way.
Stop by the Swiss Essen Haus, a Swiss Backerei featuring imported breads, meats and cheeses, along with Ohio’s own Guggisberg Cheese. Much like an American deli, attendees can enjoy many authentic options, including a variety of hot meals and sandwiches. Shorter lines are expected for the always-popular Swiss sandwich from the Swiss Sandwich Shack, which has been moved to the Swiss Essen Haus this year.
The Sidewalk Café is the perfect place to relax after a meal for a cup of coffee and a homemade dessert, including kuchen, strudels or the popular Lebukucenherz, hand decorated gingerbread hearts. Those with an authentic German cookie recipe can enter the German Cookie Baking Contest by bringing their cookies and recipe to the Café for judging on Saturday, Aug. 25 by 3:00 p.m.
For those whose sweet tooth can’t be satisfied at the Sidewalk Café, this year’s signature drink might hit the spot! The “German Chocolate Cupcake” tastes just as it sounds.
Take the opportunity to learn more about German wines during fun and informative wine tastings on Aug. 25 and 26. And returning this year is the Der Deutsche Wein-Flug, a way to sample six German wines in order to find the one you prefer.
And don’t forget the beer! The GAF features over 40 beers, with seven new options this year. A Bier Tour Guide Card is a great way to track progress as you sample all 40 beers. Get stamps along your ‘beer journey’ and earn a bier glass. Or enjoy your beer from a Steifel, a boot. The practice of drinking from a boot is a long time German tradition and a great way to get into the spirit of the GAF.
Visit www.germanamericanfestival.net or www.gafsociety.org/fest.htm to learn more about festival tickets and discounts, parking and shuttles, special discounts and other details.
About the German-American Festival. The Festival is operated by the G.A.F Society, which is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is sponsored by the seven German- and Swiss-American societies in Toledo, and is intended to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures, as well as generate revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon, along with a variety of scholarship, athletic and philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.