Shop around the world at the 53rd Ramstein Bazaar

by Rebecca Brokaw
Marketing Chair 2017 Ramstein Bazaar
Brig. Gen. Richard G. Moore Jr., 86th Airlift Wing commander, center, cuts a ribbon for the Ramstein Bazaar’s 53rd Grand Opening with Mary Waibel (from left) and Kim D’Ippolito, Ramstein Bazaar co chairs, Kara Montano, 86th Force Support Squadron special events coordinator and Lt. Col. Renee Thoutte, 86th FSS commander Sept. 13 on Ramstein. More than 130 vendors are projected to sell merchandise at the shopping event today through Sunday on the Ramstein flightline. — Photo by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes Stanton

It’s time to come shop at the 53rd Ramstein Bazaar! The tent is up, the vendors are checked-in and the hangars are filled to the brim with treasures from around the world. This is the weekend to come out to shop and help support your military community. The Ramstein Bazaar will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Plenty of parking on site will make shopping easy.

This year the Ramstein Bazaar hosts 130 vendors from all across the globe, including 20 new vendors to shop with. They will have a large variety of goods that will appeal to young and old. Are you looking for new artwork to decorate your walls? We have that. Do you need a new dirndl or lederhosen for Oktoberfest? We have that too! Do you need some wine and cheese to help enjoy the beautiful German fall weather? Come visit our many wine and cheese vendors to satisfy your cravings. Are you looking to start your holiday shopping? We can help you check off many of those items on your holiday shopping list.

Once you are done shopping, plan to visit one of our private organizations that will be serving up delicious food to satisfy your hunger. Some of the food items will be: lumpia, homemade lemonade, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, schwenk steak and more. Bring the whole office out to have lunch or bring the family out for dinner. There will be plenty of seating for you to enjoy a tasty meal and spend time with friends. By supporting food vendors, you are helping the surrounding community.

“The Ramstein Bazaar is a fabulous four-day shopping event that brings together over 500 volunteers to help raise money for our community. Our goal is to meet the needs of our community by creating a unique international shopping experience, and I believe we do just that. I hope you come shopping around the world with us and find a fabulous treasure for yourself and a friend. See you on the flightline.” said Scarlett Hughes, communications chair, 2017 Ramstein Bazaar.

The Ramstein Bazaar is not only a community event; it is a community fundraiser. A portion of every sale made, no matter how big or small, at the Ramstein Bazaar goes back to our KMC. Remember to sign for your sales with the vendors. Signing will ensure all purchases go back to support your community. We welcome everyone to come enjoy all the Ramstein Bazaar has to offer our community.

As a reminder, purchasing is limited to DoD and NATO ID cardholders’ due to SOFA agreements. All sales are in U.S. dollars and can be made via cash, check, or credit card. ATMs will be on the site for your convenience.

The Ramstein Bazaar is an annual 86th Force Support Squadron event that is produced by the Ramstein Officers Spouse Club. Proceeds go directly back to our community. To find out how your organization can benefit from the funds raised at this years’ Ramstein Bazaar, visit our website at and click on the “Request Funds” tab.