If you’re in the mood for a tasty pretzel, a large pile of thinly-sliced radishes, and a dish of Franken’s finest Obatzda, get yourself to the Nürnberg Volksfest. It’s on for one more week, but no promises that I don’t get there and eat all the Obatzda first.
And by ‘It’ I mean of course Oktoberfest. It began yesterday and will roll right on until October 7th this year. Not sure if I’ll get there at all (and definitely not for a week ever ever again, good Lord no) this year, but when it comes to the Wiesn, one never knows.
Ah yes, August 1st, 2017. The day I innocently went into a Trachten store on my lunch break to kill a little more time. The day I saw a Dirndl and it was love.
It didn’t come home with me, in fact, I didn’t even try it on. But then a few months ago BV and I were in a completely different Trachten shop to buy him a shirt and there it was. I tried it on, and it was all over. It’ll even be making its debut this week at the Gardener’s wedding. And then it shall go directly to the dry cleaner’s, because the wedding is on Wednesday and it’s supposed to be 34 degrees here. Hopefully the next time I wear it, it’ll be a bit cooler. Fall festival season is approaching, after all…
I always make time to get to the Italian Market in the spring and fall, but this picture just reminded me that it used to pop up in summer too. I think it was part of a Venetian weekend in Nürnberg, but I’ll be darned if I can find any information on it now… maybe it no longer exists? Help me if you know! Need more truffle sausage!
Our village is usually a pretty quiet place. On this Friday night though, I’ve been hearing a lot more noise than usual. Laughing voices have passed by occasionally, and just now I can tell that a train has arrived based on the increase of rowdiness in the air.
That can only mean one thing, and that is Kerwa time. Ours always takes place the second weekend after Pentecost, this year from Thursday to Tuesday. When I popped out onto the balcony to take in the laundry, I could hear the faint sounds of a band playing, so I guess the beer tent is rocking right about now.
It’s a good time of year to live around here. Every weekend has an event. On Tuesday night this week we could hear the bangs of fireworks from a town about six kilometers away as their festival wrapped up. And if you’re out of town when your local fest happens? No worries, the next town will host theirs in the next few weeks.
In fact, the Zindorfer Brewery handily mails us a brochure with a map of all the local dates, and suggestions for routes on how to make the most of your free weekends. So convenient, and tasty!
We swung by last year for some snacks and drinks, but I’ve only managed to get the full festival experience once. It was quite memorable, sheep dances and all, and I wrote about it here if you missed it. I can’t believe that was four years ago, but it must have been… we even watched a World Cup game that weekend, and that’s coming up in just a hot minute.
I also can’t believe it’s June already, but it is. Technically I should’ve finished this writing challenge but we’ll march on for a few more days. 31 will be here before I know it.
Editor’s Note: This is part of a 31-day challenge series for the month of May, which will possibly now extend into June to compensate for the vacation gap, in which I aim to spend at least 15 minutes writing about whatever strikes my fancy. Results may vary.
Saturday marked the return of the Volksfest here in Nürnberg. The spring version heralds the return of warmer weather (hopefully) as well as the opening of the festival season in the surrounding area. We don’t always get a chance to go, but I do enjoy the signs of it around town… from the flags on the buses and trams to the wafting scents of roasted almonds. One piece of advice if you do go… just avoid the Tucher. Any other beer is a better choice!
What’s that? You thought we were done with festivals? Never!
This Ferris Wheel may look slightly questionable, but have no fear. This picture was taken during the set up phase for the Michaelis-Kirchweih in Fürth. When it’s fully assembled, it looks much more reliable than this. And if you’re in the region, you can see it in action from this weekend until October 11th.
The Michaelis-Kirchweih is somewhat unique to other festivals of its size, as it takes place all throughout the city center of Fürth rather than on a dedicated festival ground. It’s incredibly popular with the locals, who will defend its superiority to other nearby festivals (see: Nürnberg’s Volksfest, the Oktoberfest, or the Erlangen Bergkirchweih), with an almost religious fervor. But, to be fair, the good people of Fürth get that way about a lot of things… never bring up the Fürth/Nürnberg football rivalry unless you have a good amount of time on your hands.
More info here (in German): Michaelis Kirchweih
If Oktoberfest seems more chaotic or rowdy than your taste, consider coming to the fair city of Nürnberg this month. From the 14th until the 25th of September, the Altstadtfest will be taking place, primarily on the Insel Schütt right in the center of town. There you can find all sorts of delicious brews from around Franconia, as well as some traditional cuisine. A word of warning… the menus do tend to be written in Franconian dialect, so if you don’t know what something is, ask the waiter or a neighbor! I once wound up with jellied meat, so… yeah, it can be dangerous. After you’re all fueled up, head to the Hauptmarkt, where you’re find the fall market for all your random kitchen appliance and basket needs. Oh, and more beer and sausage, of course.
Want more info on the Altstadtfest? Course you do!
Altstadtfest Nürnberg (site only in German)
Since one of last month’s photo post included the festival carb option, I thought today we’d look at one of the more popular protein choices. Now, who wants to split a chicken?
What’s that? You thought that once you’ve had one pretzel, you’ve pretty much had them all?
Think again my friends, think again.
Get yourselves to the nearest fest (they’re everywhere this time of year), and bring your appetite. After all, you’ll need something to soak up all those Maß.