Hermann Wurstfest: A German Celebration in Missouri Wine Country

View of Hermann, Missouri
Photo courtesy Hermann Department of Tourism

The German heritage of Hermann, Missouri, is easy to spot no matter what time of year you visit the small Missouri River town. Each March, it's German food, in particular sausages, that take center stage during the annual Wurstfest. The two day festival is filled with traditional German food, Missouri wine, music, cooking competitions and more.

Event Details

Wurstfest is held each year during the fourth weekend in March. In 2016, it's Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20. Many of the festival events are held at Stone Hill and Hermannof wineries. Others are at Hermann Mill.

There's a full day of activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your appetite for the gourmet sausage sampling at the Stone Hill Sherry House and Hermannhof Hofgarten. Admission is $8 for those 12 and older. Both wineries also have live music from noon to 4 p.m., and sausage-making demonstrations throughout the day. The wurst competition is at Hermann Mill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday starts with a whole hog sausage breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Hermann Fire Department. The wineries once again host a full day of events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and don't miss the fun at the Weiner Dog Derby. It's at 1 p.m. at City Park. For a complete schedule of events, see the Hermann Chamber of Commerce website.

More About Hermann

Hermann is a small town on the Missouri River in Gasconade County. It's about a 90 minute drive from downtown St. Louis. Hermann is known for its many wineries and its German heritage. The town hosts popular festivals throughout the year attracting visitors from across the region. Many of the celebrations like Maifest in May, Oktoberfest in October and the Kristkindl Markt in December showcase the town's German history. Hermann is also home to the Deutschheim State Historic Site and the Historic Hermann Museum which welcome visitors year round.

Other Spring Festivals

Wurstfest is just one of the many fun events happening this spring in St. Louis area. The warmer weather means more reasons to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Celebrations like March Morpho Mania at the Butterfly House and the Wind Festival at the Confluence Tower take advantage of the nicer weather. For more ideas and information on what to do this spring, see St. Louis' Best Spring Festivals. If you want to have fun without spending any money, check out The Top Free Spring Events in St. Louis.