Pennsylvania is rich in history, but some of it might surprise you. Did you know it’s the home of the first ever pretzel factory in the country? Celebrate this delicious tradition at the Lititz Pretzel Fest! It’s a great event for food lovers, history buffs, and everyone wishing to have a good time. Taste some of the best pretzels in the world, pair it with a locally-made beer, and have fun listening to live bands and participating in fun activities. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Lititz Pretzel Fest, and Download our free Vacation Guide to start planning your trip today!
What You Can Expect at the Lititz Pretzel Fest
The History of Lititz Pretzels
Did you know the town of Lititz is older than the United States of America? This quaint town was settled in 1756 and contributed to bringing a rich history and heritage to one of the founding states of the country. The pretzel tradition of Lititz started in the 18th century when German settlers brought with them the recipes inherited from previous generations.
The first pretzel bakery was opened in 1861 by the Sturgis family in one of Lititz’s original buildings at 219 E. Main St. It’s even on the National Registry of Historic Places!
What is There to Do at the Lititz Pretzel Fest?
The Lititz Pretzel Fest is a celebration of Pennsylvania’s history through food. Step back in time with your palate for one day and taste some of the best pretzels in the world! The festival happens every May from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features more than 15 tastings, including beer tastings to pair off your delicacy.
We highly recommend getting your tickets online before the event. Online tickets are $15 per person and but will cost $20 after April 1st, so there’s not a moment to lose! To pick them up, or if you want to buy them the day of the festival, head over to the Lititz Train Station starting at 9 a.m.
Tip: Downtown parking is free on the day of the event!
Have Fun at These Related Activities and Events
Salty pretzels aren’t the only thing you can enjoy at the Lititz Fest. A lot of local breweries and restaurants offer tastings of variations you will love! For example, sample chocolate covered pretzels with salted caramel sauce, Appalachian Brewing Company beers, and Danner’s Deli delicacies. On top of the fabulous pretzel tastings, you’ll enjoy a great selection of live music. From local funk and electronic artists to rock ‘n roll bands, they’re the perfect addition to this fun celebration.
The Historic Smithton Inn is the Perfect Backdrop for Your Vacation
Attending a festival is always fun and exciting, but when the sun sets you want to come back to a cozy place where you can relax and lay back. The Historic Smithton Inn is a wonderful inn nestled at the heart of Lancaster County, and it’s only 15 minutes away from Lititz! Our historical B&B offers high-end, modern amenities that will make you feel like royalty. Between luxurious bathrooms, DVD players, flat-screen TVs, spacious rooms, complimentary snacks, and an authentic wine tasting room downstairs, you’ll have the best stay ever!
Take a look at our splendid Chocolate guest room. After having fun all day at the pretzel festival, it’s only fair you should stay in a sweet-state-of-mind. You’ll love the plush queen-bed, sitting area with a fireplace, and the luxurious robes you can put on after taking a hot bath. Did we mention our mouth watering breakfast waiting for you every morning? It’s so good you wish it were morning all day long!