Dairy Dogs is an American-style ice cream and hot dog walk-up restaurant reminiscent of those that you may have found in the 1950’s, but it is also very much German. It may not appear that way at first, but one look at their regular menu will make it clear that it isn’t your typical ice cream stand. One of their highlights every year is when they pay tribute to their German roots with a family-friendly GermanFest with even more delicious German food favorites and live entertainment.
The fourth annual Dairy Dogs GermanFest is set to kick off this Saturday, August 17, in Sycamore, IL, from 2-10pm and this year they are adding the very popular Wiener Dog races to the list of entertainment. Also returning to this year’s event are the Egerländer Tanz Gruppe to show off some of the more traditional German dances before opening up the dance floor to all in attendance with the DJ Music Source playing a mix of traditional and more modern German festival hits. (see our video from the 2011 GermanFest at the end of the article)
Most of the entertainment kicks into gear around 4pm when the Wiener Dog Races begin. If you have a Dachshund that you want to enter into the competition, bring it along the day of or pre-register on the race’s event page on Facebook. There will be 5 divisions of racing: little smokies (6 months – 2 years), frankfurters (2-7 years), bratwurst (7-12 years), senior sausages (12+ years) and tootsie rolls (for those Dachshunds with special needs), so all are welcome!
It also wouldn’t be GermanFest without authentic German food. Dairy Dogs owner Margret Schrant and her cooks have been preparing special homemade dishes for the event, including sauerkraut, German potato salad, Margret’s famous Käse Spätlze, along with schnitzel sandwiches and a variety of German sausages.
Dairy Dogs is located at 675 E. State Street in Sycamore, IL, right off of Route 64. Some of us from German Pulse will be making the trip out to their GermanFest again this year, so look for the green shirts. We hope to see you there!