Pennsylvania Dutch Country Visitors Center       501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601       717-299-8901


National Pretzel Day is celebrated all year-round in Lancaster County, Pa.

(Lancaster, PA) The fact that Lancaster County makes a big deal of National Pretzel Day – 28 years old today, April 26 – is only fitting, since it was started in 1983 by former U.S. Cong. Bob Walker, who hails from the Lancaster town of East Petersburg. But Cong. Walker’s passion for pretzels is a natural, for pretzel-making remains central to Lancaster’s culinary heritage every day of the year!
The first commercial pretzel bakery in the U.S. was established in Lititz in 1861 by Julius Sturgis. Today, you can still see how the Sturgis family uses the same recipe that Julius did during his time with a tour & pretzel-making lesson at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
You can also visit the Intercourse Pretzel Factory and get a free 10-minute tour where you can learn to hand twist pretzels, or stop in the Hammond Pretzel Bakery in Lancaster, where the Hammond family has been hand-making pretzels since its founding in 1931. And Keystone Pretzel Bakery in Lititz makes a special kind of oat bran pretzels called oatzels!
Herr Foods was founded in 1946 in Lancaster by James Herr and began as a potato chip factory. The factory eventually moved just over the border, into Chester Co., and didn’t start producing pretzels until 1981, but they soon caught on as one of America’s favorite snacks. See how they do it, with their free guided factory tour.
Lancaster County is also home to Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Auntie Anne’s rolls more than 500,000 pretzels every two days at its locations around the world, and in June 2006 sold its billionth pretzel. This year, they’re celebrating National Pretzel Day and National Dance Week together, with a live tweet chat on April 26 with Alex Wong from “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Be sure to check out a video of all the fun pretzel places to visit in Lancaster County at, with a new video posted each day, April 25-29.
Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, and the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting its many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous. Visit us at Lancaster is also part of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads region, a true vacation destination where country meets city and the past lives side-by-side with the present.

For more information:
Joel Cliff, Media Relations Manager
Phone: 717-735-0311

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