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LI Bavarian Festival 2024

Join us at Plattduetsche Park Biergarten for Original Enzian's 50th Annual Bavarian Festival! We invite you and your family to immerse yourselves in the rich German culture and heritage that has made this festival a beloved tradition for half a century.

Event Overview

This event will feature an array of lively activities, delicious food and drinks, and traditional music and dance. Stroll through our vendor area to discover unique treasures and souvenirs. Take part in exciting contests and attractions for both adults and children, including games, arts and crafts, and more.

Saturday June 8th & Sunday June 9th 2024

Gates open: Saturday at 2 PM | Sunday at 12 PM
Location: Plattduetsche Park Biergarten
Admission: Adults - $12 | Seniors - $10 | Kids 12 & under – Free!

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About Original Enzian

Original Enzian is one of North America’s oldest traditional German folk dancing groups. This not-for-profit organization is comprised of a group of German/Bavarian-speaking immigrants that came to share the traditions and culture of their former homeland through music and dance, as well as blending with new ones from America.

Original Enzian is dedicated not only to preserving the Bavarian Schuhplattler dance and cultural traditions – but in fostering lifelong friendships among young and old.

Food & Drinks

It just wouldn’t be a Bavarian festival without the delicious food and beer to wash it down! Sample perfectly seasoned and cooked bratwurst on a pretzel bun with sauerkraut or our giant 10 oz. Bavarian pretzel imported directly from Munich, made even better by adding warm craft beer cheese. Go super traditional with potato pancakes, house made by Executive Chef Herbert Aigner following a traditional recipe. We have more traditional and modern menu choices, so there’s something for everyone. It all goes great with a German beer; you have your choice of several different styles on tap. For those who like a lighter beer, Krombacher Hell or a Schöfferhofer Grapefruit fits the bill. Try a hefeweisse from Erdinger, a more traditional lager like Spaten or a nice smooth dark beer like Krombacher Dunkel.

A Coffee/Cake Booth is available, providing a variety of desserts from Riesterer’s Bakery, coffee and tea.

Activities for Children and Adults

The Long Island Bavarian festival is perfect for families, with plenty of fun activities and entertainment for children and adults of all ages!

Children Activities

• Bouncy House and Giant Slide Inflatables*
• Spin Art and Sand Art Stations – let your creativity shine!
• Candle Making
• Carnival-Style Booths with opportunities to win prizes
• Face Painting
• And More!

*Inflatables will have a POP (Pay One Price) bracelet. Weather permitting, the inflatables will be available on Saturday (3pm – 7pm) & Sunday (1pm – 5pm)

Adult Activities

Strong Man: Show your strength while trying to ring the bell! A carnival-style competition with the opportunity to win a beautiful beer stein.

Maβkrugstemmen: Compete against a friend to see how long you can hold a pitcher in your outstretched arm without spilling or lowering your arm.

Darts: Test your accuracy for a chance to win multiple prizes.

Bavarian Triple Crown: Participate in ALL 3 activities above (at a discounted price) to accumulate points and play as often as you want! At the end of each day, a winner takes home a Plattduetsche Park Restaurant gift certificate!

For those interested in showing off their strength/skill, we will have a daily Bier Stein Holding competition for both Men and Women. Contenders need to register; the entry fee will include a FREE bier stein filled with beer. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Competition time will be ~7:30pm on Saturday and ~5:00pm on Sunday.

Event Schedule

All times are approximate

SATURDAY, JUNE 8th

2:00 PM - Gates Open
2:30 PM - Music by the FOEHRER MUSIK FREUNDE (until 6:00)
3:00 PM - Inflatable Rides available till 7:00pm
3:15 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Hütertanz / Hat Dance
- ORIGINAL ENZIAN (Kinder) – Bandltanz / Maypole Dance
4:45 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Holzhacker Tanz / Woodchopper’s Dance
- ORIGINAL ENZIAN (Kinder) – Unterwestner / Pat-A-Cake Dance
- Children’s Ice Cream Parade (starting at main dance floor)
6:00 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Steirer Figurentanz / Flirtation Dance
6:30 PM - Music by THE SPITZBUAM (until 10:30)
7:00 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Madlradl / Women’s Wheel
7:30 PM - “Bier Stein Holding” Competition (Women & Men) *** register at the Hospitality Booth
9:00 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Kronentanz / Crown Dance
10:30 PM - Announcement of Raffle Winners

SUNDAY, JUNE 9th

12:00 PM - Gates Open
12:30 PM - Music by THE SPITZBUAM (until 4:15)
1:00 PM - Inflatable Rides available till 5:00pm
1:30 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Hütertanz / Hat Dance ORIGINAL ENZIAN (Kinder) – Bandltanz / Maypole Dance
3:00 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN (Kinder) – Unterwestner / Pat-A-Cake Dance
- Children’s Ice Cream Parade (starting at main dance floor)
4:15 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Holzhacker / Woodchopper’s Dance
- ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Madlradl / Women’s Wheel
4:30 PM - Music by FOEHRER MUSIK FREUNDE (until 7:30)
5:00 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Steirer Figurentanz / Flirtation Dance
5:45 PM - “Bier Stein Holding” Competition (Women & Men) *** register at the Hospitality Booth
7:30 PM - ORIGINAL ENZIAN – Kronentanz / Crown Dance
8:00 PM - Announcement of Raffle Winners

Merchandise

Merchandise can be purchased online (with your admission tickets) and at the Bavarian Festival (while supplies last).

Commemorative T-Shirt

S, M, L, XL - $14.00
2XL - $16.00
3XL - $18.00

Festival Tickets

General Admission/Entry

Adult (13 & Over)
$12

Seniors/Veterans
$10

Children (under 13)
FREE

VIP Taste of Bavaria Buffet Experience

For our 50th anniversary, Original Enzian is partnering with the Park Restaurant to offer a VIP Taste of Bavaria Buffet Experience. Each day (Saturday from 5:30pm till 7:00pm & Sunday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm), you are invited to partake in a buffet like no other. Please click on “Info & Menu” for further details.

Info & Menu

A bracelet will be provided upon admission for each person purchasing a VIP reservation ticket.

Start Times:
Saturday (5:30pm till 7:00pm); Sunday (3:30pm to 5pm). There will only be one sit-down session each day for a duration of 1½ hours. Advance ticket purchases for the VIP Taste of Bavaria Buffet Experience may not be interchanged to the other day (a Saturday reservation is for Saturday and a Sunday reservation is for Sunday).

We will have signage at the Bavarian Festival to direct reservation holders to the VIP buffet.

 

MENU

Buffet and imported beer and house wines for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Buffet:

Cold cut platter and obatzda cheese dip (board chef’s choice) –
Cambozola, brie & Gruyere cheeses, Black Forest ham, Hildesheimer liverwurst, cervelat & sliced landjäger served with bread

Bavarian Potato Soup Station
top it with sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese and/or scallions

Roasted quarter chicken

Mini pork shanks –
served with gravy

Weiss wurst

Schnitzel Station: Chicken and wiener schnitzel –
served with Jäger gravy, Champignon gravy or Zigeuner gravy

Spätzle Bar – build your own käsespätzle
Toppings: cheese, bacon, sliced bratwurst, crispy onions, pork gravy, sauerbraten gravy, green onions

Potato dumplings

Sauerkraut

Pretzel rolls with sweet mustard

Potato salad

Cucumber salad

Dessert: Apple strudel

ADULT (21 and older)
$67.00
Includes admission to the Bavarian Festival ($12.00) plus a reservation to the VIP Taste of Bavaria Buffet Experience

YOUNG ADULT (13 to 20)
$49.00
Includes admission to the Bavarian Festival ($12.00) plus a reservation to the VIP Taste of Bavaria Buffet Experience (no alcohol)

JUNIOR (under 13)
$23.00
Includes a reservation to the VIP Taste of Bavaria Buffet Experience (no alcohol); admission to the Bavarian Festival is FREE for this age group.

Register for the Bavarian Fest Now!

Get Your Tickets Today!

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate German culture and heritage with us at the 50th Annual Bavarian Festival. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date

May 25 2024

Time

8:00 am - 6:00 pm