The Frankenmuth Civic Events Council (CEC) and the Frankenmuth Brewery announce a partnership for the 2015 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. The CEC has hosted the Bavarian Festival since 1962. Frankenmuth Brewing has been in the business of brewing exceptional beers since 1862 and is located at 425 South Main St, in the City of Frankenmuth.
Trisha Way-Uphold 2015 CEC Chairperson, and Ryan Buchinger, General Manager of Frankenmuth Brewery, agree that the partnership is a perfect match as Michigan's Oldest Celebration of German Heritage gears up to kick off summer for its 57th annual celebration at Frankenmuth's Harvey Kern Pavilion located in Heritage Park.
As part of the partnership, The Frankenmuth Brewery is brewing a special beer that is unique only to the Bavarian Festival. The CEC is asking for fellow Bavarian Festival patron assistance in finding a name suitable for the new beer by hosting a beer naming contest. Buchinger describes the beer as a Dunkelweiss (a dark amber brown). The winning name will be announced by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Princess and Court at the 2015 World Expo of Beer which takes place May 15 & 16 in Frankenmuth. The individual who submits the winning name will receive a prize package related to the Bavarian Festival which includes free entry to the Bavarian Festival, Festival t-shirt, a growler and $50.00 gift card redeemable at and provided by the Frankenmuth Brewery, and a barbecue chicken dinner provided by the Frankenmuth Jaycees.
Contestants are able to enter the contest by visiting the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival website at bavarianfestival.org. The contest will accept entries until 11:59pm on April 26, 2015. Contestants must be 21 years of age or older. A complete list of prizes and rules can also be found here.
We are very pleased to announce that Abby's of Frankenmuth, Tiffany's Food & Spirits, and Frankenmuth Brewery have partnered with the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Princess Program! The Princess Tea will be held March 28, 2015 at the Bavarian Inn. The Princess Tea that takes place at 10am.
For more on the Bavarian Princess Program, visit the links above.
The 2015 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival planning has been taking place for several months. This year's CEC President Trisha Way-Uphold has pledged to make the 2015 Festival one of the most memorable for all attendee's and volunteers.
Returning events include a euchre tournament and a cornhole tournament! There will also be plenty of Bavarian style food, music, and beer. You can find out about all of the events scheduled for the four day festival by visiting our schedule of events page which will be updated as event planning is finalized.
A feeling of "Gemütlichkeit", which loosely translated means a welcome social acceptance for all surrounds the entire community of Frankenmuth beginning on Thursday night and lasts through the Bavarian Fest parade on Sunday. This family oriented event draws people from all over the world. Bavarian music is played by lederhosen clad German bands. Saturday's events feature the coronation of the Bavarian Princess and her court and the Kinder Tag parade which gives our youngsters the opportunity to express and celebrate their heritage. Visitors also have the entire weekend to enjoy a midway with rides and games. Local service groups offer everything from chicken barbeques to German fare. Participate in face painting, or simply take in the hands-on craft area.
Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Bavarian Parade, which will be held on June 14th, 2015. With over 100 entries that include marching bands, beautifully decorated floats, dance clubs, visiting dignitaries, entertainers, royalty and our newly crowned Bavarian Princess and her Court. The Sunday parade is one of only two times during the year that Frankenmuth's Main St (Michigan Highway 83) is completely shut down. The route begins on the north side of Frankenmuth then works it's way to Heritage Park where all the festival events and entertainment are held.
The Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival is one of Michigan's best celebrations of German heritage and is certain to have something to entertain everyone in attendance.
Bus tours and large groups are always welcome!