Activities and demonstrations take place all over the Freeman Academy campus during Schmeckfest.  They are open from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

Country Kitchen Market  (Sterling Hall)

Food and Craft Demonstrations:

Cheese Pockets,  Poppyseed Rolls,  Fruit Pockets,  Peppernuts, Sausage Making,  New Years Cookies,

Bierocks,  Rope Making,  Basket Weaving,  Tatting,   Spinning

Saturday Breakfast  (Frontier Hall)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Student Art Display  (Sterling Hall)

Quilt Raffle (Sterling Hall)

Caesura Barista  (Frontier Hall)

Musical & Historical Presentations

(Historic Bethel Church & Sterling Hall)

Schmeck Snack Shoppe  (Sterling Hall)

Heritage Hall Museum & Archives

1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


What is schmeckfest?

Faith-Inspired Learning for Life

March 16, 17 &
March 23, 24 2018

Schmeckfest Sausage

​There is Schmeckfest sausage available for purchase during the two weekends of the festival. Please stop by the booth and stock up. For orders over 15 pounds please call or text Duane at 605-360-0224 or email We will get it ready in advance. Price will be determined prior to the first weekend.  The 2017 price was $4.44 per pound for smocked and $3.95 for regular or bulk.


Q.  Are all activities indoors?  Is it all under one roof?

A.  All activities are indoors in multiple buildings on the beautiful Freeman Academy camps - Pioneer Hall, Sterling Hall, Frontier Hall, Maintenance Building, Heritage Hall Museum and Historic Bethel Church.  All buildings are connected by sidewalks.

Q.  Is booth space available for private vendors?

A.  No.  Space is limited and all proceeds are designated to benefit Freeman Academy.

Q.  Is there a place to rest during the afternoon?

A.  Yes.  There are benches in several locations on the campus.  There are tables and chairs in Sterling Hall where you may rest or enjoy an afternoon snack.

See more FAQs here.

Schmeckfest means "festival of tasting" in German.  In the beginning, it was all about the food (see History).  But it has become much more than that.  Schmeckfest is a celebration of the rich heritage of the Freeman community.

All activities take place on the Freeman Academy campus and include many experiences including great food to purchase, craft demonstrations, fine arts performances, family-style meal, historical presentations, and food preparation demonstrations.  Then, each evening is culminated in a musical production put on by talented community members.

All events, except for the family-style meal and the musical production, are free and open to the public.  Meal and musical tickets will go on sale in late fall 2017.

Schmeckfest takes place over two consecutive weekends in early spring.  The 2018 celebration is scheduled for March 16, 17 and March 23, 24.