You don’t have to be German to enjoy the excitement of the Original German Sausage Festival, held the last Saturday in March in Elberta, Alabama, located only a short drive north of the beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.

Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the town park, the Original German Sausage Festival will showcase a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta. You can get your sausage with or without sauerkraut. This festival is a huge local favorite.

The festival will feature continuous entertainment for adults and children and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Other foods will include German-styled filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. Carnival rides, polka, country, contemporary and German music will be provided for entertainment.

The sausage festival is a town fundraiser, created by Elberta’s Volunteer Fire Department in 1978. Proceeds are used for improving the fire department and town. Local non-profit organizations also benefit from the festival through proceeds from their booth sales and parking fees. Due to its huge success, the festival is now held twice a year on the last Saturday of March and October. 

Organizers usually sell about 7,000 pounds of German Sausage during each festival, and attract an estimated 30,000 visitors to each fest.

Don't forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.

With an emphasis on such family-oriented activities, why not bring the whole family to the beach to enjoy the festivals? Reserve a four-bedroom or five-bedroom house in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.

Doing so will allow you plenty of space to stow your unique finds and even have enough fridge space to enjoy some of the delicious food after the festival. Find a great deal to go with your seafood, bratwurst or German sausage!