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Alsatian Festival of Texas: Have a Blast Celebrating History in Castroville

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After 175 incredible years, there’s still nothing quite like Castroville. Its culture lives on in this Texas Hill Country town that works hard to keep the memory of the past alive and well. Established by French Alsatians in 1844, this picturesque town is located just 22 miles west of downtown San Antonio. It combines its multicultural roots in order to make for an amazingly entertaining getaway at the Alsatian Festival of Texas.

The Festival will take place Saturday, April 27, 2019, starting at 4 p.m. and wrapping up at 11 p.m. Visitors to Castroville’s Koenig Park can commemorate the anniversary of the town’s founding. The purpose of the Alsatian Festival of Texas is to help preserve the Alsatian culture, which was the founding cornerstone of Castroville, and feature its highlights for all ages, especially children. Those who have visited Alsace, France, and experienced its warm and welcoming atmosphere want to share that same feeling of cultural identity and happiness here in Castroville. The Alsatian Festival of Texas welcomes everyone to partake of Alsatian food, beer, and wine, and enjoy a bastada pie-making contest. You can also listen and participate in a sing‑along, complete with accordion music, and watch an unforgettable performance by the Alsatian Dancers of Texas.

Alsatian Festival of Texas: Have a Blast Celebrating History in Castroville

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Despite the French connection, Alsatian foods incorporate decidedly Germanic culinary appeal. Typically, you’ll see generous portions. Their meals are quite substantial, and as a visitor to the Alsatian Festival of Texas, you’re guaranteed not to leave on an empty stomach! Sausage has been known to take a leading role in previous such Castroville events, and one could bet good money it will again. Other Alsatian foods featured will be Parisa, Flammekueche, and Schnitzel.  Not only that, but Alsace, France, continues to be known as an important wine-producing area. With that tradition in mind, Castroville also welcomes its guests to sample Alsatian wines, including Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Crémant.

Alsatian Festival of Texas: Have a Blast Celebrating History in Castroville
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