The world’s largest pumpkin festival is home to some 400,000 pumpkins. It’s held each year in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located just 17km north of Stuttgart.
The first time I went was three years ago, albeit reluctantly. J.P. (my German husband) dragged me and said it would be fun. Having never been to a pumpkin festival and not really having a desire to go, I thought it sounded cheesy and something just for kids. I’ve since changed my mind and have been each year ever since. I suspect I’m not the only Pumpkin Festival doubter out there, so here are
5 reasons why I think it’s worth visiting the world’s largest pumpkin festival:
Each year the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival has a theme. Last year the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival’s theme was under the sea, featuring dolphins and blue whales made out entirely of pumpkins which I really enjoyed. I was equally thrilled this year to learn that the theme was larger than life dinosaurs made out of pumpkins:
Kids loved seeing the dinosaurs, but so do kids at heart, at least I did.
Not surprisingly the world’s largest pumpkin festival is an excellent place to buy a pumpkin with featuring different kinds from all over the world, many of which I’ve never heard of. Anything pumpkin is also available, including pumpkin pasta and my personal favorite pumpkin sparking wine, to which I
will be devoting dedicated an entire post to later this week as it’s that good!:
In keeping with the theme you can also eat an assorted variety of pumpkin goodies so go hungry. My favorite is the pumpkin soup, which is consistently the best I’ve ever tasted. J.P. tried the Pumpkin Rösti (fried grated potato) which had an interesting flavor, although I wouldn’t have wanted to eat a whole plate of it. The Maultaschen (the local take on ravioli) looked amazing.
See Pumpkins from All Over the World
What would the world’s largest pumpkin festival be without a judging competition? The judging doesn’t happen until October but these two unique ones get my vote:
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival Setting
The festival is nestled in behind Ludwigsburg Palace, one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe. Just walking through the palace gardens and grounds is worthwhile in itself, but seeing the contrast of a palace and pumpkins is not something you see everyday. It’s my favorite castle tour in all of Germany.