3 reasons to go to the Germantown Pretzel Festival this weekend

  • Allegra Czerwinski
Updated Sept 20, 2017
The 36th annual Germantown Pretzel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. (Source: Provided)

Hello, warm, soft, gooey delicious pretzels! 

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Here are three reasons why you don’t want to miss this year's Germantown Pretzel Festival:

Pretzels in all shapes and sizes are part of the food fun with the Germantown Pretzel Festival. STAFF FILE PHOTO Photo: Contributing Writer


Who are we kidding? The real lure of this festival is all in the name.

You can bet that vendors will serve the classic salty pretzels, but you also can expect to see some extra special varieties at this year’s pretzel fest.  

They’ll have gourmet pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, cheddar cheese and cream cheese. There will also be pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns to kick your sandwiching game up a notch or two.

Other good eats? Barbecued chicken and ribs, waffles, pork chops, Chinese, Cajun, funnel cakes and more.

Scenes from the Germantown Pretzel Festival Sept. 26, 2010, at Veterans Memorial Park in Germantown. Photo: Chris Stewart


This family-friendly festival has plenty to keep you entertained beyond the delicious food.

The Pretzel Fest has some awesome live music acts for your viewing pleasure. This year, The Stagger Lee Band will headline Saturday night. Other performers include DEAP Dance Studios, Stan the Magic Man, Butch Jones and the Standard Country Time Band and Spittin’ Image (a festival favorite, we’re told!).

On May 16, 1833 the Village of Germantown, originally established in 1804 by German speaking settlers from Berks County, Pa., was incorporated.


When the Germantown Pretzel Festival originally started in 1980, pretzels weren’t particularly on anyone’s mind. The initial reason for the event's creation was for local organizations to be able to raise funds by running their own booths, according to Jim Landis, publicity chairman of the Germantown Pretzel Festival.

The committee eventually came up with the name “Pretzel Festival” because it was German. Thirty-eight years later, the festival is still going strong and pretzel-related treats are now a main staple.

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What: The 38th annual Germantown Pretzel Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 24, noon - 6p.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 190-192 W. Warren St., Germantown.

Cost: Free admission

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