… this year is from November 4 till November 13. And since I had always wanted to go there [and Mary had always wanted to take me there], but I’ll be leaving for Germany this coming Monday, we decided to drive there yesterday.
The Wurstfest in New Braunfels [the town, btw, was founded by settlers from Braunfels on the River Lahn in Germany] has a long tradition and – besides other events and organisations – keeps alive the German tradition, customs, and culture – well, German culture as Texans/Americans see it, which, as I’ve seen again and again, in fact means Bavarian. There are no other traditional costumes but Lederhosen and Dirndl to be seen, and the music is bavarian in character, too. To my mind this understanding of German culture as being Bavarian can not only be found in Texas, but all over the US, too.
The Wurstfest is a kind of a “mini Oktoberfest“, with a large tent [2 in fact], plenty of food and beer and “Musi”. Plenty of the so-called “German” food, btw, is more or less Texas-German or American-German respectively. The “Haxn”, e.g., were cut in slices and the grilled. Not that they were not tasty, but they simply were not what Germans/Bavarians would consider “Haxn”: those have to be the whole shank and cooked in the oven. And “sausage on a stick” is, by all means, not a German dish either.
But enough of this critical writing, as we really had fun, and the food tasted yummy. It was really wortgh while driving 5o miles one way [well, in Texas that’s just around the corner, isn’t it?] to get there. We explored the fairgrounds and all the food and souvenir stalls and also danced a bit and.as mentioned before, had lots of fun. And the Haxn with Sauerkraut were really tasty. I didn’t have a beer, though. Which may have been a pity as there were good German beers on draught. But carrying your beer around and drinking it out of a plasic cup is not to my liking. Maybe I’m too much of a purist there. Talking of beer out of plastic cups and being a purist: there’s another deplorable custon here, viz. drawing beer into a pitcher first and then pouring it into plastic cups. I mean, I can understand that people don’t want to stand in line for every cup they want to drink and rather prefer to buy the beer “wholesale”, but to my mind this habit – which I have seen quite often at events like these – simply is a “deadly sin” as far as draught beer is concerned.
Well, and now a few pictures:
Um diesen Eintrag in Deutsch zu lesen, hier klicken.
- Wurstfest (post140.wordpress.com)
- Texas town looks to German roots (cnn.com)
- Oktoberfest in San Antonio (pitstexasexpatblog.wordpress.com)