Annafest

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The Annafest is a Franconian folk festival held yearly about 26 July (St. Anna's day) in the Kellerwald ("Cellar Woods") in the town of Forchheim. It started in 1840.

The area is known for Bierkellers, or beer cellars, that showcase their food and drinks during the festival. The festival also offers carnival rides and live musical performances.

The festival's food stands sell German sausages, barbecued food, platters and fried fish as well as non-consumables. The Annafest contains seating for about 30,000, and the Kellerwald provides enough space for the 45,000 – 50,000 visitors who come during the 10 days festival period.


Annafest's history[edit]

The local breweries Hebendanz, Greif, Eichhorn and Neder all brew a strong Bock beer specially for this festival, the so-called Annafestbier. This is stored for several weeks before the festival begins.

Dates[edit]

  • 2006: July 22 – July 31
  • 2007: July 21 – July 30
  • 2008: July 26 – August 4
  • 2009: July 25 – August 3
  • 2010: July 24 – August 2
  • 2011: July 23 – August 1
  • 2012: July 21 – July 30
  • 2013: July 20 – July 29
  • 2014: July 25 – August 4

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