Looking to sink your teeth into a good cause while vacationing on the Gulf Coast? The Elberta German Sausage Festival is a perfect family-friendly event that is about a 30-minute drive from your Gulf Shores vacation rental. This annual festival is as fitting for lovers of German cuisine as it is for families looking for a fun day of live music and other entertainment.
At the festival, you can expect to sample Elberta's famous German sausage and sauerkraut, as well as other German specialties like German-style cabbage, potato salad and goulash. You can also munch on festival favorites like red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. When you're visiting the area, tasting Elberta's sausages is a must - the original secret recipe behind this regional favorite is credited to Alfred Stucki, a local who managed Elberta's Locker Plant from 1952 until his death in 1973. It's so good that the one-day festival usually serves up as much as 7,000 pounds of German sausage to as many as 30,000 people.
Once you've had your fill of sausage, participate in all the family fun that abounds at this festival. You'll be able to step along to the sounds of polka, country and traditional German music for entertainment, and you can watch acts such as the Bellview Stumpfiddle Band, and the North End Stompers. German clog-makers and other artisans and craftspeople will be selling their wares throughout the festival. You know your kids will enjoy the carnival rides!
Although the sausages are enough reason to travel from your Gulf Shores beach house rental to this day of fun and entertainment in Elberta, it's also nice to know that all the proceeds from the event are used to improve the Elberta Volunteer Fire Department and other nonprofit organizations in the area.