The 14th Annual Wein & Saengerfest kicks off at noon in historic downtown New Braunfels on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Wein and Saengerfest is hosted by the City of New Braunfels in partnership with the New Braunfels Downtown Board, New Braunfels Downtown Association and New Braunfels Parks Foundation. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Parks Foundation, the Downtown Association, and are used to enhance downtown New Braunfels.
For $15, pick up a commemorative wine glass and 5 tasting tickets to try some of the best wines Texas has to offer: Dry Comal Creek, Water 2 Wine, Los Pinos Ranch, Red 55, Maydelle Country Wines, Texas Mead Works, Dionisio Winery, Copper Star Cellars, German Wines, West Coast Wines, Spanish Wines, Becker Vineyards, Duchman, Brennan Vineyards, Fiesta Vineyards, Llano Estacado-Republic, McPherson Cellars, and Messina Hof.
Tasting ticket options:
$15 for five tastings tickets and a commemorative wine glass
$10 for five tasting tickets
$3 for one additional tasting ticket
If you find something you love, purchase a signature bottle at the wine market hosted by the NB Parks Foundation.
The Craft Biergarten (brought to you by the New Braunfels Downtown Association), located at the Seekatz Opera House patio, will feature the following beers:
Altstadt Lager, German Style Lager, Altstadt Brewery, Fredericksburg, TX
Oberon Ale, American Wheat Ale, Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
Denim-Hosen, German Kolsch, Boerne Brewery, Boerne, TX
Cerveza, Blonde Ale, Freetail Brewing Co, San Antonio, TX
Gruene Session IPA, Guadalupe Brewing Co. New Braunfels, TX
Lemon and Ginger Radler, Karbach Brewing Co. Houston, TX
Big and Bright, Grapefruit IPA, Karbach Brewing Co. Houston, TX
Robert Earl Keen Front Porch, Amber Ale, Pedernales Brewing Co. Fredericksburg, TX
Midnight Cab, Imperial Black Saison Aged in Cabernet Barrels, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Fort Worth, TX
Bock n Roll, TX Bock, Seguin Brewing Co. Seguin, TX
Hye-Biscus, American Style Ale dosed with Hibiscus Flowers, Twisted X Brewing Co. Dripping Springs, TX
Crazy Day, Imperial Lager, Uncle Billy’s Brewery, Austin, TX
Tasting ticket options:
$15 for 4 tastings tickets and a commemorative beer glass
$2 for each additional tasting ticket
Main Plaza Stage
12:00-1:30pm Biohazard Brass Band https://facebook.com/BiohazardBrassBand
3:30-5:00pm The Peterson Brothers http://petersonbrothersband.com
7:30-10:00pm Uncle Lucius http://uncleluciusmusic.com
The Chef Showdown is a Wein & Saengerfest favorite. Sit back and watch as amateur chef teams face off over the grills to see who will ultimately win the championship by creating original dishes before your eyes from a “mystery basket” of ingredients. Chef Brad Sorenson of The Next Food Network Star and Food Network’s Chopped All Stars competition fame, and owner of award winning restaurant NOVA in Austin, will judge the event. Dishes are judged on taste, creativity, presentation, wine pairing and performance under pressure.
Weinstein University is a festival area dedicated to wine and craft beer education, including food and wine demonstrations with 30 minutes seminars throughout the day. Look for presentations such as: Have your Diet and Drink it Too, Wine & Craft Beer 101, and The Wine & Beer Challenge.
A great variety of food truck vendors will also be on hand with festival treats to tantalize your taste buds.
The Marketplatz area will feature some of the most unique artisan vendors in the state. Shop handcrafted artwork, food items, jewelry, clothing, and more. Take something unique home! The merchants will also be competing for honors in several categories in the Juried Art Show.
Watch the Kentucky Derby from the festival! The fastest 2 minutes in sports will be screened outside Seekatz Opera House this year. Care to make it more interesting? Raffle tickets starting at $5 for 10 tickets can be purchased and placed in one or several of the boxes representing the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby. When the race is over (at approximately 5:30pm) one ticket will be chosen out of the winning horse’s box for an awesome grand prize. Must be present to win.
New Braunfels' longest running heritage tradition, The Kindermasken Parade, returns to its original date of the first Saturday in May, just as it was 160 years ago. Hermann Seele, one of the city’s first teachers, founded this costumed parade for school children as early as 1856. Kids are asked to walk in the parade in costumes from Sts. Peter and Paul Church to Main Plaza at 11am to help kickoff the Wein and Saengerfest festivities. Family and friends are encouraged to spectate and cheer along the route down Seguin Ave.
Kids of all ages can also enjoy 9-Pin bowling, Jenga, checkers and squishing grapes between their toes at the Grape Stomp hosted by CIMA Hospice. The New Braunfels Railroad Museum will be hosting fun train themed activities, and presentations from the Lindheimer Master Naturalists and Community Emergency Response Team are offered for everyone’s enjoyment.
For comprehensive info and FAQs, visit http://www.weinandsaengerfest.com