This year I had another opportunity to visit the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival! It is held every year at Schloss Ludgwigsburg in Ludgwigsburg, Germany (just outside of Stuttgart).
We went stumbled upon it by accident in 2013 and when we decided to go to Europe this past September we made sure it was part of our itinerary again!
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Every year the festival consists of over 400,000 pumpkins!!! The festival is lots of fun! It is held on the castle grounds of this palace below:
Even if you aren’t pumpkin stir crazy, the grounds are beautiful and you can also tour the inside of the palace as well. We had been inside in 2013 so we passed this time.
Every year the pumpkin festival theme changes. This year it was Circus themed (Zirkus, in German). When we were there in 2013 it was a Sports theme. So if you go every year it is always different!
The pumpkin art is made mainly from wood, straw, and gourds/pumpkins. Just enjoy the pictures now!
They had this wall with all the different pumpkin and gourd varieties! I loved looking at it!
The festival also has pumpkin-themed food of all types: pumpkin… soup, bread, muffins, rice, ravioli, pasta, quiche, and of course, strudel! Now this soup inspired to me to create my own copycat version here! The dark stuff floating on top is pumpkin seed oil and it is DELICIOUS.
There are also special events that occur during the festival. Last time we were there they had pumpkin boat racing in the main fountain of the palace! This year we just missed Ray Villafane, the famous pumpkin carver.
You can view my trip to the pumpkin festival in 2013 here.
So what do you all think of the pumpkin festival?? Have you ever seen anything like it??
OH PS – I saw a stork for the first time in real life in Germany at the festival and was so excited I had to share!
For more information, you can visit the official website here.
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