so when i read about the world's largest pumpkin festival i was intrigued.
when i saw this catchphrase i knew it was something i wanted to do while living in europe.
so in early october caitlin and i flew to stuttgart, germany. we stayed just outside of the city center.
|the stars, from top to bottom:|
ludwigsburg, the wilhelma zoo, our hotel,
and the central train station
i mean, wouldn't everyone in a 30 minute range of the world's largest pumpkin festival know that this is one of the biggest events around?
regardless, we headed out saturday morning, making the requisite stop at starbucks before hopping on the train for a 20 minute ride north of the city.
we weren't exactly sure where to find the entrance to this festival and that was probably another clue that the world's largest pumpkin festival might not live up to expectations. (the world's largest festival would be hard to miss right?)
eventually figuring out the entrance, we paid the fee and headed into the park. the festival is held on the grounds of the ludwigsburg palace and we ended up with a lovely fall day.
all varieties of pumpkins start to appear upon entering the grounds and even more as you move behind the palace.
there are huge crates of every variety of pumpkin.
in colors and shapes i didn't even knew existed.
|"black little" pumpkins.|
love them so much.
|one super looooong squash|
this year's theme was 'circus'.
the carving of various pumpkins was awesome.
this pumpkin set a world record. grown in Belgium it weighs 1190.5 kg! that's over 2500 pounds!
there was food available at the festival for purchase and samples of seasoned pumpkin seeds to be had. i envisioned stall after stall of samples of different pumpkin-y things.
that was, in fact, not the case.
there were a couple places to order off a menu and that was about it.
|we shared some pumpkin soup.|
|and drank pumpkin prosecco.|
which was really just really sweet prosecco.
the pumpkin fest was lovely. it's just not really that big. so to go into it thinking it's the world's largest pumpkin festival makes it a bit of a let down.
somewhere i saw something that said "world's largest pumpkin exhibition" and this, this makes sense. because i would agree that there is probably no other place displaying quite so many different varieties of pumpkin.
world's largest festival? not so much.
so, should you go?
if you're within range of making this a day trip then i'd say, yes, yes you should make an effort to spend a few hours here.
do you need to fly to stuttgart and make a weekend of it?
it's a good thing that caitlin is always willing to check out these strange festivals with me.
(this was better than the nut festival!)