With its German roots it shouldn’t be surprising that New Braunfels is home to a 10-day salute to the Sausage! Wurstfest begins on the Friday before the first Monday in November, and is held on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park. The festival begin in 1961, and for the last 45 years has honored the traditional foods that were brought by German tourists. Wurstfest is open on weekdays from 5pm, and weekends from 11am. It closes at 12midnight on Thursday and Friday, 1am on Saturday and 11pm on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, children under 12 are free. Food and drink are sold throughout the grounds.

For more information, write to: Wurstfest Association, Post Office Box 310309, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0309. Or by telephone: 830-625-9167

More of the flavors of the area can be sampled at the annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest, which takes place in early October. This event includes three days of Texas music, Texas food and Texas wines. It is held in the Gruene Historic District. Call 830-629-5077 for more information.

The New Braunfels Conservation Society holds an annual Historic Home Tour every spring. This event helps locals share the history of their homes. Call 830-629-2943 to get information on dates.

For more information on local festivals, visit the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Web site.