An exhibition promising snacks and sweets? I’m there!
This afternoon I visited the 2015 Stuttgarter MesseHerbst, an enormous autumn exhibition and trade fair held at the convention centre by the Stuttgart Airport. The convention centre is absolutely enormous and contains 8 separate halls in which exhibits are regularly held. The Stuttgarter MesseHerbst is an annual autumn collection of exhibits ranging from Family & Home to Games to Hobbies & Electronics.
My main reason for attending was to check out the first annual taking place within a section of the Familie & Heim (Family & Home) exhibit. This ‘snack market’ promised a bevy of sweet and savoury products to sample and purchase from approximately 30 different stands. Naschmarkt
TheNaschmarkt has already been running for a week but this was the first weekend when all the major exhibits were taking place. We decided to go today because the ticket covers entrance to all the exhibits and we wanted to get the most bang for our buck.
We arrived around 4pm and purchased the Happy Hour tickets for 6 Euros each, half the price of the regular 12 Euro ticket that you can purchase online in advance. Otherwise, a regular price ticket costs 13 Euros if you buy it on site. Since the exhibits all close at 6pm, we felt a little rushed to see everything but managed to visit all the exhibits that we wanted to see.
Tip: If you plan to take advantage of the Happy Hour tickets, try to arrive right at 3pm when they become available. This way you’ll have at least 3 hours to visit the exhibits before they close.
Since theNaschmarkt was our main reason for visiting the Messe, that’s where we headed first. The Naschmarkt is located in Hall 8 of the Familie & Heim exhibit at the far end on the left side of the convention centre. Once we got there, I was a little disappointed to see how small it actually was. It didn’t seem like 30 stands, more like 20 or so. Most stands were selling sweets, mainly chocolate. Given how small the Naschmarkt was, it would have been nice to have more variety in the type of stands.
We sampled some excellent Italian chocolates – white chocolate with dried cranberries and orange-flavoured dark chocolate with cinnamon. The shopkeepers gladly snapped off bite-sized pieces from the placemat-sized slabs for us to sample. We also bought pistachio baklava (yum!) and a Cannoncino Nocciola, an Italian puff pastry horn with a hazelnut filling (delicious!).
Before moving on to the other exhibits, S purchased some freshly-made potato chips and a drink. I tried a couple of chips – they were crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, but overall pretty oily and underseasoned.
We carried on to the Eat & Style exhibit. We visited this exhibit in 2013 when we first checked out the Stuttgarter MesseHerbst. There were a lot more food stands in this exhibit, selling everything from gigantic wheels of cheese to flavoured oils to truffles to mustard to coffee beans. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of free samples the stands were giving out – we sampled the most delicious strawberry-flavoured Sekt, caramel sauce, a slice of a New Zealand Jazz apple, Amarula (a South African cream liqueur), beer, and dried sausage. The only things we ended up buying were a cup of coffee and a bowl of rote Grütze with vanilla sauce.
Overall, we enjoyed our outing to the Stuttgarter MesseHerbst and trying some new and different foods. Would I pay full price to go? No. But the Happy Hour price of 6 Euros was worth it in my opinion.
Have you been to the Stuttgarter MesseHerbst? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!