Back in 1970, when Lebanon residents randomly decided to add a sauerkraut dinner to a sidewalk sale, a curious hybrid was born.
A festival that now combines 60 sauerkraut-related food items with 460 craftspeople from 25 states and attracts over 350,000 people annually.
If you’re a fan of sauerkraut or crafts or both, here’s what you can expect to find at the 49th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival this weekend.
1.) Sauerkraut in what?
It shouldn’t be surprising that a sauerkraut-oriented festival would produce some odd concoctions, like sauerkraut pizza (sauerkraut layered over cheese, mixed with sausages and onions), German sundaes (mashed potato with sauerkraut, cheese, sour cream), sauerkraut fudge, and sauerkraut donuts. Naturally, there are more conventional kraut items as well, such as foot-long hot dogs that include kraut along with the other usual fixings, and pork mash, which mixes kraut with mashed potatoes and pork. Other popular related items are cabbage rolls and Reuben rolls.
2.) Comfort Food
Assuming you’re a fan of crafts but not kraut, or are just a general festival connoisseur, there are plenty of non-kraut items to munch on, too, including brats, Polish sausage, pulled pork sandwiches, caramel apples, funnel cakes, soft pretzels and more.
3.) Arts and Crafts for 2017
There will be diverse craftspeople selling their wares in many categories. They are:
Candles and potpourri (10 vendors), clothing accessories (34 vendors), country crafts/primitives (17 vendors), florals/wreaths/baskets (10 vendors), glass/ceramics/porcelain (23 vendors), holiday crafts (19 vendors), jewelry (37 vendors), leather (two vendors), lotions/soaps/spa products (16 vendors), metalwork (11 vendors), pet accessories (14 vendors), photography/artists/frames (23 vendors), pottery (four vendors), pre-packaged take home food/crafts (25 vendors), stitch/knitting/needle embroidery (27 vendors), toys/dolls (11 vendors), and wood crafts (43 vendors).
There is also a miscellaneous category, which includes many domestic and lawn items such as bird feeders, fire pits and grills, plant supports, friendship trees, personalized clocks and more.
4.) Live music
The full live entertainment lineup includes Willow Creek bluegrass (bluegrass), Smithville South (pop, rock and R&B hits from the 1960s-present), the Michelle Robinson Band (rock and bluegrass covers), Wild Rice (dance), the Waynesville Marching Band, Counting Skeletons (danceable rock hits from 1980s-present), Locking Up Otis (classic rock hits), Timestamp (rock and alternative rock hits from the 1980s and 90s), and more.
Want to go?
WHAT: 49th Annual Sauerkraut Festival
WHEN: Oct. 13-14; 9 a.m.-8 pm. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Main Street, downtown Waynesville
COST: No admission cost
INFO: 513-897-8555 or www.sauerkrautfestival.com
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