Germantown pretzel festival this weekend

The Germantown Pretzel Festival marks its 40th weekend of salty fun

The first festival was held in 1980.

Hello, warm, soft, gooey delicious pretzels! 

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

Keeping a family tradition, Donna Bishop (right) pulls fresh pretzels from an oven at the Germantown Pretzel Festival Saturday, Sept. 27. Bishop's father, Lester Peck, was a founder of the festival. Staff photo by Jan Underwood
Photo: Underwood, Jan
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.  

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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.

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The Pretzel Fest has some awesome live music acts for your viewing pleasure. On Saturday, Locking Up Otis, Johnna Lee White, and McGuffey Lane will take the stage. Stan the Magic Man will be performing magic tricks around the park on Saturday. Sunday’s lineup includes Pandora Project and Spittin’ Image.

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.

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

Germantown's 29th annual Pretzel Festival will be held this weekend at Veterans Memorial Park on N. Walnut Street.
Photo: credit: William G. Schmidt

What: Germantown Pretzel Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 29, noon - 6 p.m.

Where: 190 W. Warren St., Germantown

Cost: Free admission

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