More than seven tons of sauerkraut is expected to be served at this weekend’s Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. But, this isn’t some locally named gig. They call it the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, so listen up from Cleveland to Chillicothe and from Pisgah to Perrysburg. These hungry people are coming to celebrate the German food and heritage, and of course, the almighty Sauerkraut. That’s right, they are all on a Food Adventure. Who knows better about food than Hungry Jax, The Big Ragu and Chef House?
Let’s get down to it and discover what all the fuss is about the Sauerkraut Festival. Let’s head on down, close to where State Route 48 meets State Route 42.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— More than 350,000 people are expected to attend with over 400 vendors of all sorts from more than 30 states.
WHEN: Always the 2nd weekend in October, this year’s dates are:
— Saturday, October 10th 9:00am – 8:00pm
— Sunday, October 11th 9:00am – 6:00pm
WHERE: Downtown Waynesville, North Main Street area. LOTS of WALKING as the festival stretches the entire length of Downtown
What the heck is Sauerkraut? Answer : Fermented cabbage. Some complain about the smell or the taste. But we cut right through the whiners and found the best eats… even the crankiest festival goer will enjoy these top 5 mouthwatering suggestions…
Drum roll please, strike up the Oompa band as Food Adventures delivers our patented Top 5 MUST EATS for The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.
— SAUERKRAUT DONUTS: #1 by a landslide… not even close. Warm, soft, sugary and sweet. They are amazing and we aren’t sure where the sauerkraut is, but the donuts are tremendous. Get these damn donuts if you do nothing else all day. But we warn you, get there early as the line get long. Kids love them, and adults love them more…
— PUMPKIN FUDGE: Find the fudge trolley. Run, don’t walk. They have various fudges, but here is the unique opportunity to get some pumpkin fudge. When else in a Food Adventure do you get that chance? Very rich and delicious, the fudge will have you craving something to drink, but you wont be sure what you want to drink.
— GERMAN SUNDAE: This is a bowl of chopped Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Bacon Bits and an olive. It looks like a sundae, but the bowl is a hearty, savory and salty favorite. Can’t lose with this winner. Great for sharing on the go.. a walking treat.
— HAWG DAWG: A Giant hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard. One of the biggest dogs we have even seen and stop with the jokes. Take a bite outta this wienee and support Waynesville Athletic Charities.
— PULLED PORK & KRAUT POTATO SKINS: The dark horse out of nowhere, is the potato skins. They have some pulled pork and sauerkraut on them, and the result is a tasty twist on your typical potato skins. Worth a try, they are one-of-a-kind.
There are so many more food choices, but these are our TOP 5 MUST EATS for the fest. Please note, some area spots like Stone House Tavern may have a limited or adjusted menu during the festival. Our advice… GET THERE EARLY.. you won’t beat the crowd, but the crowd will be slightly less.
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