The scene is like something out of a quirky fairy tale with elements like an elegant 18th-century Baroque palace, dinosaurs fashioned out of more than 450,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, and Rapunzel’s braid dangling from a cobbled tower…
This unlikely trio came together at the world’s largest pumpkin festival, held on the grounds of the Ludwigsburg Palace in Germany. With just days to go before we departed for our Southeast Asian sabbatical last autumn, we accompanied my parents, and their fluffy canines Gigi and Meg to the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Fest (Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg).
It was a late afternoon plentiful with prize pumpkins from around Europe, specimens grown around the world, and pumpkin products and dishes to tempt even the pickiest of palates. (Think sparkling wine, strudel, pasta, muffins, and quiche infused with pumpkins.)
Each year, there’s a different theme. One year organizers paid homage to undersea critters, last year it was dinosaurs, and this year, I hear there’s a tribute to Switzerland. I imagine that there will be Swiss Army knives and timepieces fashioned out of pumpkins.
With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it fitting to enjoy these scenes from a pumpkin festival’s past.
If you’re in Germany this fall, the fest goes through early November!
Where in the World?
- The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival takes place annually at the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Ludwigsburg. The city of Ludwigsburg is located about 16 km (10 miles) north of Stuttgart.
Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All rights reserved.