Last week Bad Durkheim’s Wurstmarkt….also known as the world’s largest wine fest..kicked off, and we were right there to help it along.
We weren’t sure what to expect, having been to a small wine fest where we walked from vendor to vendor in a low-key environment. We hopped on the train in our village, missed our connecting train…and the next connecting train…and turned a 90 min ride into a 120 min one…but we made it nonetheless !
This wine-fest is more like a carnival than anything we have been to here yet. There were classic carnival foods (cotton candy, popcorn, nuts) plus classic german foods (currywurst, fries, crepes, everything potato), tons and tons of rides, and even more wine. The festival is free to enter, and families tend to come during the daytime while the rowdier crowd comes later at night ready to party. Wine is ordered by the glass, but if you order a wine-schorle, which is wine with soda water mixed in, or wine with lemonade mixed in, you end up drinking about 1/2 a liter at a time.
Honestly, we didn’t even see 1/4 of the festival because we kept finding more people to hang out with and ending back in the same tents! We did manage to sample a few different wine-schorles, although apparently as you can try more than 150 different wines in more than 50 different venues. We only made it to about 3 venues…
There is a nice low-key “wine village” where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine, and there is also the big tent or “main tent” where it feels a bit more like how you would expect a beer festival to be. By the end of the night every person in that tent was standing on tables singing and dancing along!
It was a really fun night and got us even more excited for the upcoming Oktoberfest!
There is one more weekend (this weekend!) of the Bad Durkheim wine fest if you are in the area though!