Head to Erpolzheim's culinary wandering this weekend
The quaint town of Erpolzheim (near Freinsheim on the Deutsches Weinstrasse) hosts a fest from 11 a.m. May 28-29 to commemorate the Spargel harvest and the area’s wines.
Named the "Kulinarishe Wanderung um Obst, Spargel und Wein," this annual culinary event involves strolling a 6.5-kilometer path through vineyards while stopping at tents to sample various culinary delights and local wines. It is one of my favorite fests in Germany, and I've attended almost every year since moving here in 2009.
Favorite dishes in previous years have included Flammkuchen (imagine a very thin pizza topped with crème fraîche, onions and Spargel), Spargel cream soup in a bread bowl and skewered shrimp with Spargel salad. This year, 17 stands will prepare all sorts of yumminess. Print the flyer and plan your route based on the foods/wines you most want to sample — you may be too full, or vendors may sell out, by late afternoon.
The event is family- and dog-friendly, and provides a great excuse to get some fresh air and exercise.
A few things to keep in mind:
- The event takes place in unshaded vineyards, with only a few dining areas in tents. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen and an umbrella.
- The only bathroom facilities are portable toilets, so bring hand sanitizer/wipes and toilet paper (just in case).
- The route is mostly hard-packed dirt, so bring a rolling cart if you are going to stock up on wine bottles.
- Pack plenty of water to save money and stay hydrated, and remember a bowl for your furry friend.
- Bring euros, preferably small bills and coins, or you won't be able to eat and drink anything. And keep in mind that you'll pay a deposit (pfand) for your glasses and plates, which you'll get back once you return the items.
- Determine who will be the designated driver before arriving, or take the train. The station is near the fest.
- Come hungry!
I'm crossing my fingers for sunny weather and hope to see you there!