SHEBOYGAN — The Mayor’s International Committee will be hosting Esslingen Fest, sponsored by Johnsonville and 3 Sheeps Brewery, celebrating the Sister City partnership with Esslingen, Germany.
This event celebrates the spirit of “Zwiebelfest”– Onion Fest! The event will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 11 AM to 4 PM at 3 Sheeps Brewing Taproom located in the former Coca-Cola bottling plant at 1837 North Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public.
Johnsonville Sausage and 3 Sheeps Brewing Company are sponsors of this event which will feature 3 Sheeps craft beer, German bratwurst and potato salad, grilled onions, and onion specialties. This year, 3 Sheeps Brewery will feature a limited edition onion beer. It will be a Cashmere Hammer Stout Infused with Sweet Vidalia Onions. A keg tapping of the featured beer will take place at 11:30 AM. Entertainment at the event will feature the Ryan Kautzer Band playing polka tunes.
There will also be silent auctions and raffle drawings throughout the day.
The first week of August this year, when Sheboygan was celebrating Jaycee Brat Days, during that same time Esslingen, Germany was celebrating annual Zwiebelfest, or Onion Fest. The tradition of Zwiebelfest dates back to the Middle Ages. According to the legend, the devil requested an apple from a woman at Esslingen’s market. Instead of an apple, the cagey woman provided the devil with an onion. Once the devil tasted the “fake” apple, he screamed: “These are your apples! That’s ridiculous. This is an onion, a spicy onion. And that is why from now on you will be called ‘onions’ instead of Esslingen.” According to the story, shortly after the incident, the devil left Esslingen and never returned.
Learn more at www.sheboyganwi.gov/esslingenfest.