Annual Sauerkraut Festival to Bring Over 11,000 Pounds of Sauerkraut to Warren County This Weekend

The festival boasts numerous ways to celebrate the German delicacy.

click to enlarge A "German Sundae" is one of the most popular foods at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. - Adam Doty
Adam Doty
A "German Sundae" is one of the most popular foods at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

The 52nd Annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival will take place Oct. 8 and 9 in Waynesville, offering live music, handmade art and, of course, a lot of sauerkraut.

When it was first launched in 1970, the festival was serving 528 pounds of sauerkraut to approximately 1,500 people. Decades later, around 450,000 people consume 11,000 pounds of sauerkraut over one weekend, according to a press release.

The festival will be held throughout Main Street in downtown Waynesville on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Over 30 nonprofit food booths will be serving dishes both inside and outside of the festival’s theme. If you're fond of the German cabbage, you can find it incorporated into a number of interesting dishes, from sauerkraut-topped bratts and reubens to sauerkraut brownies and the fan-favorite "German sundae" (potatoes topped with cheese, bacon, sour cream, sauerkraut and a green olive). There will also be plenty of food vendors serving food without a hint of sauerkraut for those who aren't a fan of the unique dish.

The event, sponsored by Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce, will also feature over 400 arts and crafts booths selling items such as ceramics and textiles from artisans around the United States.

The event is free to attend.

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