On Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Philadelphia’s favorite authentic German bierhall, Brauhaus Schmitz, will host its 5th annual German block party, Maifest. As the ultimate display of German beer and food, dancers and liter lifts, flower-crown making and wood-chopping, the festival shuts down the 700 block of South Street—where Brauhaus Schmitz is located—to traffic, making it a family- and pedestrian-family affair that lasts throughout the day and into the evening. (Maifest complements the South Street Spring Festival that is going on at the same time—info on that here.)
Here’s the deal on the pay-as-you-go food & beer:
There’s VIP: VIP Tickets include a staggering appetizer buffet, served from noon–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’s Pay-as-You-Go Food & Beer Too: PAYG food includes: Roast Pork, Bratwurst (pork, marjoram, caraway, mace) and Bauernwurst (hickory smoked pork and beef, garlic, pepper, mustard seed).
PAYG beer includes: 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.
Additionally, German dancers will perform between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., with live music from Heimatklänge from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. There’s also a booth from The Magic Gardens, where their skilled artisans will instruct guests on how to make Flower Crowns.
More information on Maifest is available here. Brauhaus Schmitz’s Maifest is located on the 700 block of South Street in South Philadelphia.