German Fest Continues to Try New Things

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

If you live in the midwest, you probably know about Milwaukee’s popular German Fest.  Every July, thousands of people head out to the festival to enjoy great German food, entertainment, and hard to find German products. Most German festivals are content with just doing the same thing every year because it worked in the past, so why change.  This isn’t the case with German Fest.  One of the things that makes the 4 day event fresh year after year are the constant new ideas that they come up with.

This year, German Fest is claiming that there are 8 new additions to the festival, and while I am sure all of them will be a hit, 3 really stand out…

Battle of the Bands

If you are in a band that is looking for some exposure, there will be a Battle of the Bands competition to do just that.  A minimum of 10 acts will be chosen to perform and the top 3 will get to open for the 10,000 Maniacs on Sunday night!.  Yes, German Fest will be having 10,000 Maniac’s performing.  In addition to that great opportunity, cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 acts.

Home Brewed German Beer Competition

German Fest is teaming up with the Milwaukee Beer Barons to find the best Home Brew German Beer.  The competition is open to all German beer styles and the winning beer will be chosen to be brewed by the Milwaukee Brewing Company.  On July 30, all the entries will be first judged at the House of Hamburg in Milwaukee and the Best of Show will take place on the German Fest grounds.


This won’t be a simple hot dog eating contest.  25 contestants will compete for 4 days and have to eat all of the German food provided in just 5 minutes!  At the end of the 4 days, only one person will be crowned the champion and receive a domestic round trip flight anywhere Air Tran flys in the continental US.


German Fest will take place Thursday July 28 through July 31 at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee, WI.  More details, including the schedule of events and directions, can be found at

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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