Food Festivals in Germany
The range of gastronomically inspired festivals celebrated in the different regions is as varied as Germany‘s culinary traditions.
The season kicks off with a wide selection of wine festivals. Almost every village in Germany‘s 13 wine regions crowns its own wine queen and honors the golden juice of the grape with its own street festival, mostly in summer or early autumn shortly before the harvest begins for the next vintage.
Germany‘s acclaimed beer and other traditionally important food and drink such as asparagus and fish on the coast provide the perfect excuse for celebrations across the land.
Here are some of the best known:
Stuttgart Wine Festival
Stuttgart Wine Festival, held around the Old Palace, is one of the most famous of the many German wine festivals. It is on for two weeks every year at the end of August/ beginning of September. Fine wines and Swabian Maultaschen ravioli with countless different fillings, Rostbraten, Zwiebelkuchen (bacon and onion flan) and Bubenspitzle (finger-sized rolls of potato dough) transform the festival into a culinary treat.
Stuttgart Beer Festival
Stuttgart Beer Festival, held at the end of September, attracts more than five million visitors each year, making it Germany‘s second biggest beer festival after the Munich Oktoberfest.
The two week festival was first held in 1818 following a famine and its centerpiece is a 24-metre fruit column.
Lampertheim Asparagus Festival
Lampertheim Asparagus Festival, the biggest public festival in southern Hessen has been held for more than 50 years. It takes place in the centre of Lampertheim from the Saturday to the Monday of the second weekend in June. Arts and crafts with an asparagus theme as well as food, live music and Sunday shopping attract crowds from all over the region.
Worms Backfisch Festival
The Backfisch Festival in Worms is the largest wine festival and public fair in the Rhineland. It takes place end of August and early September. Germany‘s oldest guild, the Worms Fishermen‘s Guild founded in 1106, installs its own mayor with his Backfisch bride in the town hall which is a signal for the fun to start.
Nine days of partying follow, culminating in the traditional Fischerstechen jousting contest in which young men dressed in traditional fishermen‘s costumes try to push each other out of their boats with long poles.
Rügen drinks a toast to the herring
Herring appear off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania every spring, which is when the fishing season begins. The start of the season is celebrated on the island of Rügen with the Herring Festival, The „herring mile“ with rows of stalls serving this tasty fish prepared in various ways (fried, smoked, pickled or in beer batter) is set up on the beach promenade in Sassnitz.
Long live potatoes and kale!
At the Tüftentagen Festival held in September on the island of Usedom the humble potato in all its guises is in the spotlight. A few weeks later however, the focus moves to kale at the Rügen Kale Festival. Local chefs astonish diners with the variety of dishes.
Rüdesheim Wine Festival
Rüdesheim Wine Festival is held in the romantic market square in Rüdesheim‘s old town on the third weekend in August. Over 200 Riesling and pinot noir wines and sparkling wines made by local vintners are on offer. The steep vineyards of the Rheingau have been famous for their wines for centuries.
Please find more information here: Oktoberfest in Munich
Onion Market in Weimar
In Weimar in Germany’s east, the Onion Festival takes place every October. For a whole weekend, the city of Goethe and Schiller transforms into one large wine tasting place, offering regional fair and the best wines from all over Germany.