Saxon Sausages Spark Drama at German Christmas Market

Nuremberg sausage sellers say no free sausage promotion at Christmas Market
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Saxony's plan to distribute free Saxon-style sausages at the Nuremberg Christmas Market has ticked off local vendors. 

The German state of Saxony came up with a clever plan to promote tourism by distributing free Saxon-style sausages at the Nuremberg Christmas Market this year, but Nurembergers are having none of it.


According to The Local, the Saxon state government thought handing out some of their famous sausages, which are often served three to a roll and covered in mustard, would be a nice way to get people’s attention and show off a specialty mustard from Bautzen, in Saxony, with the tagline, "We bring spice into your life. Wherever you're from."


But people from Nuremberg were not happy to hear about the giveaway of out-of-state sausages. Other food stands at the famous Christ Child Christmas Market were angry about the idea of having to compete with free, nonlocal sausages, and market organizer Helmut Nordhardt said giving things away for free required special permission, which the Saxony stand does not yet have.



A spokesperson from the Saxon government said they did not mean to undermine local businesses and were just trying to give away some sausage.