Annafest (Festival of St. Anna) 24.07. - 04.08.2014
Daily 1.00 - 11.30 pm
Short Annafest procession, Saturday 25 July 2014
At approx. 2.30 pm - Town square
Annafest opening ceremony at the Rathausplatz
At approx. 3.30 pm - Town square
The Mayor of Forchheim and councillor`s procession to the Kellerwald with honoured guests, the Forchheim Guild of Marksmen, representatives of the Forchheim Heritage Conservation Society and the Historical Costume Group.
At approx. 4.15 pm - Kellerwald
Official opening of the Annafest by the Mayor tapping the first barrel.
Each year around 26 July the Kellerwald is the center of franconian hospitality. The Annafest celebrated here since 1840 is one of the most interesting and charming folk festivals in Franconia. More than 20 Bierkellers (seven are open all year round) serving food and drinks, a Ferris wheel and a childrens carousel to name but two of the many amusement rides and stands all rounded off with excellent live Bavarian music and also modern music bands. There are many stands selling anything from german sausages, barbecued food, platters and fried fish as well as non-consumables.
The first Annafest took place in 1840 in the Kellerwald which is a wonderful place to go at any time of the year. During the summer evenings it is the perfect location for a tasty platter - a "Brotzeit" - and a cool beer in the shady woods and in winter, a number of the Bierkeller offer very good franconian home cooking.
With seatings for about 30.000 the Kellerwald provides enough space for the 450.000 - 500.000 visitors who come during the 10-day festival period, so that everyone, from near or far, can always find a seat.
Family Days with reduced prices are on Tuesday and Thursday from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
A regular bus service is provided from the town and surrounding areas to the Annafest and back again, so you can leave your car behind.
Annafest following years:
2015: 24.07. - 03.08.