If you are a pretzel lover, the 34th annual Germantown Pretzel Festival (Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29) celebrating this salty snack is where you should be headed. Germantown is located 14 miles southwest of Dayton and it is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland.
Germantown Pretzel Festival This free, autumn festival offers food, live entertainment, games, amusement rides and obviously, lots and lots of pretzels. Visitors to the Festival will be able to purchase traditional hard and soft pretzels but also check out items like deep fried pretzels and pretzels filled with cream cheese and jalapeno cheese. There will also be pizza-flavored pretzels, cinnamon pretzels and pretzel donuts.
Other food available will include items like barbecued chicken, pork chops, waffles and Chinese and Cajun food.
Free live entertainment will be provided Phat Like Dad, Tish & Company (Bluegrass), Easy Mark, the Ohio Cardinal Cloggers and national recording artist Tim Omark.
Special Historic Notes About Pretzels: Soft pretzels were created by an Italian monk in 610 A.D. who was also a frustrated teacher (with leftover bread dough) trying to motivate his distracted catechism students. He rolled out ropes of dough and twisted them to resemble hands crossed on the chest in prayer.
The hard pretzel was invented in the 1600's when a Pennsylvania bakery apprentice accidently overbaked his soft pretzels. The pretzel is also considered a good luck symbol.
Hours for the Germantown Pretzel Festival are 9 a.m - 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 and noon - 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. Admission is free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Germantown Pretzel Festival call 937-867-2228 or get online at www.pretzelfestival.com.
The Germantown Pretzel Festival is being held at Veterans Memorial Park on North Walnut Street in Germantown, Ohio. The park also features a historic train depot, a caboose, a log cabin and a children's play area. Germantown is 225 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 4 hour drive.