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Calling sausage lovers: Wurst Festival kicks off Wednesday at noon

Not heading to Munich for Octoberfest? While the beer garden won’t be as hopping as those in Germany, the Wurst Festival in Daley Plaza this week pays homage to the humble sausage in all its encased glory.

The Wurst Festival — a meaty extension to the Chicago Farmers Market — kicks off Wednesday at noon. The sausage fest showcases local sausage makers who use naturally-pastured, sustainably-raised meat from local farms, including Red Meat Market and British expat favorite banger purveyor Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods, at 1405 W. Irving Park.

For those looking to polka or otherwise oompa, there is live music during the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and also after work hours from 5 to 7 p.m.