You’ve probably heard of Oktoberfest, but you may not have heard of the Cabbage Festival. Autumn is Festival Season in Germany, and Leinfelden-Echterdingen held their annual Krautfest last weekend. We set out with friends on a sunny Sunday to see what a festival all about a cabbage looks like.
Leinfelden put on a sweet parade that included tractors and an international selection of vintages cars and bicycles. We were proud to see Ford, Chevy, and Cadillac representing well for America, and of course our favorite model, the Vanagon.
While waiting for the parade to start, we sampled some cabbage-based foods as well as some other treats. We ate salmon sandwiches with kraut, and spirals of potato chips, followed by Langos (fried dough) topped with shredded kraut and paprika. All very tasty!
We took a quick train one stop to see more of the Krautfest in Echterdingen. More festivities and foods, and decorated cabbages everywhere.
We managed to grab a table to get out of the crowds, and tried both pork and kraut sandwiches and a kraut goulash. They were delicious, especially along with a fresh German beer.
The Krautfest is a very good small-town fair with plenty to see and lots of great foods to sample. Interestingly, the festival is managed completely by local clubs and volunteers. The Germans certainly know how to throw a good festival!
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