Oktoberfest gets a lot of column inches—the legislated purity of Bavarian beer, the goofy hats, the giant urinal troughs—while Maifest always gets short shrift.
But there's one Maifest tradition they won't be observing: The hanging of the sausage. Back in olden times, the Germans hung sausage from the Maypole as a symbol of pride and industry vis-à-vis the stuffing of spiced meat into digestive parts.
Here's a short guide to the types of German sausage you can hang at home, from your home Maypole, for Maifest. Because if there's one thing Portland loves, it's old-school meat. Let your meat flag fly, Portland.
GO: Maifest, a German-themed celebration of spring, is at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, on Saturday, May 18. 10 am-7 pm. zeitgeistnorthwest.org.