The Duncan Banner
One word Duncanites have come to know well in relation to fall is bratwurst.
Each October, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church hosts Bratfest. It’s been going on for five consecutive years and about 19 non-consecutive years. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Although most come for the tasty German fare, many purchase tickets knowing the proceeds are going to help local good causes. This year, the funds will be divided between the Backpack For Kids program through the Regional Food Bank of Southwest Oklahoma, which will help local children who don’t get regular meals at home, and Duncan Community Residence.
“(Bratfest) seems to grow even more popular each year,” said Julie McKinney, church member. “Last year, we fed about 500 and we’re hoping to serve more this year.”
Among the items to choose for your plate, the main attraction will be traditional German bratwursts made by a German company in Muenster, Texas. Church members make an annual run to the Lone Star state to retrieve the meat.
Other foods will be sauerkraut which church members have spruced up with their special recipe, homemade German potato salad and homemade desserts.
“It’s pretty much the same as every other year, except yummier,” said McKinney. “This whole next week will be filled with preparing everything.”
Pounds and pounds of potatoes will be scrubbed and prepared for the potato salad and a good amount of bacon is fried the night before the event.
“It takes the whole church to get ready,” said McKinney. “Everybody’s involved, even the kids help.”
Bratfest is also popular because of the social aspect. Hardly anyone wants to miss out on this culinary event, so the people of the community run into friends, old and new.
“Everyone sits around to catch up,” McKinney said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Tickets are available at the church, 2401 Country Club Road, and will also be sold at the door until they are gone. Bratfest visitors have the option to eat in or carry out.