The World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival Posted by Larissa on Oct 29, 2019 in Culture, Food, Uncategorized
There is nothing that screams Autumn (and Halloween) more, than pumpkins! Although pumpkins originate from South America, I was surprised to find out that the world’s largest pumpkin festival is actually held in Germany – in Ludwigsburg Castle. This year marks the twentieth year that the Kürbisaustellung (pumpkin exhibition) has been held, with over 400,000 pumpkins being used and over 450 species of pumpkins on display.
As the pumpkins are regional, it means their transport is minimal, and therefore umweltfreundlich (environmentally friendly). Each year they pick out a theme (this year it is fairytales), and produce big sculptures made from pumpkins, straw, and wood.
You can also eat a lot of pumpkin based foods: Kürbis Maultaschen (pumpkin with meat filled ravioli), Kürbissuppe (pumpkin soup) and Kürbis Strudel (pumpkin strudel). There are stalls which also offer pumpkin specialties to take home with you. For example pasta made out of pumpkin, pumpkin sparkling wine (I have never heard or seen anything like this before!) or different types of pumpkins to eat or use as decoration.
Pumpkins don’t just taste great, but they are also very healthy. They contain vitamins and minerals, (vitamin A, B, C, iron, magnesium, calcium) and fiber. Pumpkin seeds also contain good fats.
The pumpkin festival also holds a pumpkin weight judging contest, and even race hollow pumpkins down the river. So if you are as much of a pumpkin fan as I am, this is the best place to be!
Vocabulary for pumpkin fans:
der Kürbis pumpkin
die Kürbisse pumpkins
die Kürbisaustellung pumpkin exhibition
die Kunst art
umweltfreundlich environmentally friendly
das Kürbis Secco pumpkin prosecco
die Kürbissuppe pumpkin soup
die Kürbis Maultaschen pumpkin ravioli
der Kürbis Strudel pumpkin strudel
die Ballaststoffe fiber
das Eisen iron
das Kalzium calcium
das Magnesium magnesium
die Mineralien minerals
die Vitamine vitamins
der Wettlauf the race
der Herbst Autumn/Fall
Do you have a similar pumpkin festival where you live? If so, let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,
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