The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:00 am

Ossian brats join Germanfest menu

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Germanfest might begin with the tapping of the keg at 11 a.m. June 5, but plans for this year have long been underway.

While fans of the festival at Headwaters Park might expect schnitzel and the old standby, hot dogs, there is a new sausage on the street. This year, the festival will offer an Ossian bratwurst, says Abby Heidenreich.

Heidenreich, who is marketing chair for the event, says it is new for the festival to locally source the brats from Ossian.

But there's also something else to look forward to – Oktoberfest roast chicken. The chicken is the most famous food served at Oktoberfest in Germany, Heidenreich says, with more than 500,000 sold. It's cooked with a seasoning that includes paprika, sage and thyme.

The chicken was served for the first time in 2018, but the committee is changing up how they will offer it this year, Heidenrech says.

Germanfest will also have the popular sauerkraut and potato salad, which are homemade from traditional German family recipes.

For more information on Germanfest and events, go to or look for the festival on Facebook.

There will be some Germanfest events this weekend, but the festival and bier tent will be open June 5-9. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is $2 from 2 to 5 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m. Children younger than 14 are free with parent or guardian.

Satek takes top prize

Satek Winery was among the winners at the 2019 INDY International Wine Competition.

The Fremont winery took home the INDY Winery of the Year – Governor's Cup. It's the first time the winery, which opened 18 years ago, has won the coveted trophy.

Judging for the INDY International Wine Competition took place May 22 and 23.

Wines can receive one of four distinctions: Bronze, silver, gold and double gold, with the winners in each class competing for trophies.

The complete list of winners from the 2019 competition is not yet available.

Launched in 1991 by Richard Vine, professor emeritus of food science, the competition had just over 450 entries its first year. Now INDY International is the largest independently organized wine competition in the country, drawing nearly 2,000 entries, both commercial and amateur, from 14 countries and 40 states.

Since the competition's inception, the Indiana industry has grown to over 100 wineries producing 2 million gallons of wine per year.

Tibbits touring

The Michigan-based Tibbits Summer Theatre will take its show on the road in July, making a stop at an area restaurant for a dinner and music performance.

There will be a cabaret performance July 17 at Sutton's Deli in Angola featuring actors from the summer cast who will sing a collection of contemporary and classic Broadway songs.

Other stops include Olivia's Chop House in Jonesville, Michigan, on July 15 and Schuler's in Marshall, Michigan, on July 16.

Each restaurant will offer a different experience based on its strengths. The performance begins after salad service. A choice of select entrees will be served during intermission, followed by more entertainment. Finally, enjoy a cup of coffee with dessert while meeting the cast.

Known for its catering and now featuring its own banquet facility, Sutton's Deli, 140 N. Public Square, will host the final cabaret. The entree options are grilled bone-in pork chop with barbecue peach salsa; grilled boneless rib-eye steak with compound herbal butter; roasted parmesan panko-crusted cod with grilled corn and tomato salsa. All entrees include grilled fingerling potatoes with seasonal vegetables.

Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 a person, which includes fees and gratuity. A cash bar is available but not included in the ticket price. Seating is limited, so reservations are required and may be made by calling the Tibbits box office 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 517-278-6029. To order online at, click on “Buy Tickets Now!” at the top of the page or click on the event on the calendar. There are no refunds or exchanges on Cabaret purchases.

Around town

Ruth's Chris, 224 W. Wayne St., will host a grand opening party for its patio from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. There will be passed hors d'oeuvres, and the full regular and bar menu will also be available.

Belmont Beverage, 3718 E. Dupont Road, will host a wine education event exploring the world of sauvignon blanc. From 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, David Friend will take participants on a journey about the white wine. Participants will taste samples from a number of brands and learn the different profiles from region to region. The event is free but space is limited. Go to to register.

Sweets So Geek has officially closed on North Anthony Boulevard. It's target opening date for 6722 E. State Blvd. is now June 8, according to a post on social media.

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