11:00 am - 8:00 pm
On Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Philadelphia’s most authentic German bierhall, Brauhaus Schmitz, will host Maifest, their fifth-annual German block party. Open to the public, Maifest has quickly become a beloved annual tradition of food, drinks and live music; it is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go Food and Beer, and limited VIP Tickets.
VIP Tickets include a staggering appetizer buffet, served from 12 noon until 6 p.m., along with access to private restrooms, a commemorative beer stein, exclusive beers in the VIP Brauer Bund Bierhall and seven tokens good for a beer or food item each ($100 per person; click here to purchase). Individual tokens can be purchased for $7 each, or buy 10 tokens for $60, good for use on food and beer throughout the day.
There will also be pay-as-you-go food options, including: Roast Pork, Bratwurst (pork, marjoram, caraway, mace) and Bauernwurst (hickory smoked pork and beef, garlic, pepper, mustard seed); and pay-as-you-go beer selections will include: Warsteiner Pilsner, Konig Ludwig Hefeweizen, Hofbräu Original, Hofbräu Maibock, Paulaner Helles, Hacker Pschorr Hubertus Bock, Traunstein Zwickel and Kostritzer Pale Ale.
In addition, Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen will be selling baked goods from her Little Bird Bakery, including: Soft Pretzels, Lebkuchen Gingerbread Cookie Heart Necklaces and Cones of German Candied Nuts, all items will be on sale for $5 each (cash and credit only, no tokens).
The complete itinerary for the day and evening is as follows:
· Festival starts and tents open, 11 a.m.
· Masskrugstemmen, a liter lift competition, 1:30 p.m.
· Live music and ceremonial tapping of first keg, 2 p.m.
· Maitanz, official Maypole dance, 2:45 p.m.
· Holzhacker, German wood-chopping contest, 3:45 p.m.
· Schuhplattler, traditional German folk dance, 4:45 p.m.
· Conclusion of festival, including Last Call, 7 p.m.