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Expat in Germany: Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2010

The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival (Kürbis-Ausstellung in German) is the world's largest pumpkin festival and is not to be missed!  It's held every year in the Blühendes Barock Gardens next to the Ludwigsburg Castle naturally (love that a pumpkin festival is right beside a castle!)  Kids will love the whismal creatures created out of pumpkins, like the large blue whale above.  The pumpkin soup is also a must and is undoubedly the best pumpkin soup I've ever tasted.   Also, not to be missed is the pumpkin sparking wine, it was so delicious that we brought a bottle to take home with us!  This year the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival runs until Nov 7, 2010.
 This whole "island" was made of pumpkins, including the palm trees at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2010.
The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2010 had an underwater theme going on which as an avid scuba diver I thoroughly appreciated!
 Creative critters such as the one above were also abundant at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2010.  And they say Germans don't have a sense of humor!
J.P. with the two bowls of the aforementioned best pumpkin soup I've ever tasted, pumpkin bread and the pumpkin sparkling wine.  Not suprisngly, the menu at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival was all about pumpkins.  Pumpkin spagethi anyone?  We didn't try it, but it did look interesting.
There are over 500,000 pumpkins at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival and did you know that there are 450 different kinds of pumpkins?  I didn't.  Naturally, the Pumpkin Festival is also a great place to buy pumpkins.  I was so excited to see spaghetti squash that I bought 3!  J.P. has never tried it before, so here's hoping he likes it as we're going to be eating it for a while.


For more info see:  Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2010 (all info is in German)

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12 Comments:

At October 21, 2010 at 9:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could you not try pumpkin spaghetti?

 
At October 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

Next year :)

 
At October 22, 2010 at 5:31 AM , Anonymous Michael said...

Wow, I'm German myself but never been to this festival. Sounds fun and interesting tho. Perhaps one day...

 
At October 22, 2010 at 3:17 PM , Blogger Jim said...

Just planting pumpkins today.One variety is for a monster.Hoping to enter it in the competition end of this season.
BTW there's a pumpkin story here also.I was fooling around with writing style early on and this just grew and sprawled all over my blog page...
http://holesinmysoles.blogspot.com/2010/02/meg-was-rampant-flourishing.html

 
At October 23, 2010 at 11:47 AM , Anonymous Christy @ Ordinary Traveler said...

That looks really fun! Now I'm craving pumpkin soup! ;)

 
At October 23, 2010 at 11:30 PM , Anonymous Turkey's For Life said...

This looks fantastic! It's just coming into pumpkin season here in Turkey but we don't having anything like this festival unfortunately!

 
At October 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Anonymous adventureswithben said...

Loved the photos of the pumpkins. Living in Florida, I miss the Autumn festivities that I enjoyed as a child in Massachusetts. Thanks for the taste of Autumn!

 
At October 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

Christy - The pumpkin soup was so good, that I made a big pot, but after 4 days of pumpkin soup, I'm pumpkin souped out :)

adventureswithben - I never thought about it but I guess there wouldn't be a lot of pumpkins in Florida :)

 
At November 2, 2010 at 5:39 PM , Anonymous Over The Counter Eczema Treatment said...

Wow, Germany really looks like the place to be during a pumpkin festival. The pumpkin soup looks tasty and I didn't know there are over 450 types of pumpkins. Thanks for sharing this really great article. It was very informative and interesting. Keep up the great work.

 
At November 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM , Blogger Morgenmuffel said...

Uwe and I had a trip to Ludwigsburg when I was over in July and I loved it, I saw a leaflet with the Pumpkin Festival and was very excited although disappointed that I'd be back in England. Next year though I am so there!

 
At November 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

I've also heard that the castle tour in Ludwigsburg is one of the best (I've been to the castle, but haven't done the tour). I've even heard that from Germans, which is very high praise :)

 
At November 29, 2010 at 2:25 PM , Blogger Morgenmuffel said...

We didn't do the tour either, but walked around the Gardens on one of those extremely hot days in July! Loved the kids garden, so creative.

 

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