PASS THE BRATS: Lutheran Church of the Messiah sets Germanfest for Oct. 14

Published 4:00 am Sunday, October 8, 2023

The Lutheran Church of the Messiah will continue a church tradition begun in 1988 when it holds its annual Germanfest on Oct. 14.

The 35th edition of the event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in Trinity Hall at the church, 301 Cain Ridge Road, which will be filled with the aroma of bratwurst and other German delicacies.

“We get our brats shipped down from Usinger of Milwaukee, Wisc.,” organizer Ruth Osburn said. “We’ve been using their brats since we began. We also presell boxes of brats.”

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She said the church usually serves about 100 to 125 bratwurst plates during Germanfest.

A bratwurst plate features a bratwurst sausage served with German potato salad, calico beans and a roll. The potato salad, she said, is served hot.

Bratwurst plates are $15, and hot dog plates will be available for $5 for people who don’t like bratwurst. Tickets for the event will be available at the door. There are no advance sales.

Osburn said more than half the meals at Germanfest are take-outs but people are welcome to eat at the church. Diners will be able to spice up their brats from a selection of companion foods and condiments.

“We will have a condiments area,” she said. “You can fix it with whatever you want. There’s a table where you can put your own fixings with it; there’s sauteed onions, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, plain mustard; some people like ketchup.

“And we have enticing desserts,” she said, adding the event will feature a selection of homemade pies and cakes.

The Lutheran Church of the Messiah was formed in 1950.

According to the church’s history, the groundwork for the church began in 1949, when the Rev. Kenneth Hoffmann came to Vicksburg as chaplain of the Vicksburg Lutheran Hospital, which had been recently acquired by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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