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,  Rope Making,  Basket Weaving,  Tatting,   Spinning

Saturday Breakfast  (Frontier Hall)

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

Student Art Display  (Sterling Hall)

Caesura Barista  (Frontier Hall)

Musical & Historical Presentations (Sterling Hall)

Schmeck Snack Shoppe  (Sterling Hall)

Heritage Hall Museum & Archives

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

What is schmeckfest?


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.  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.

Q.  Is there a transit service available?
A.  Yes.  The Freeman Public Transit Service is available during Schmeckfest.  Visit their website or call 605-661-4480 to arrange a ride.

See more FAQs here.

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 advanced orders are preferred if possible. We will get it ready in advance.  Contact or Duane Ries at (605) 360-0224 or (605) 925-4404.


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, buffet-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 meal, musical production and activities at the museum are free and open to the public.

Schmeckfest takes place over two consecutive weekends in early spring.