I’ve been to a handful of German festivals before and there are some things that you’ll be sure to find. Roasted nuts (usually cinnamon-y almonds, but you can also find all sorts of specialty flavours), chocolate-covered fruit on a stick (S loves pineapple, I got strawberry pineapple), bratwurst of all types (I’m always amazed to see people chowing down on the 1/2 meter bratwurst with both ends of the sausage poking out of the half-baguette sized bun), and always gingerbread hearts!
Why does Oktoberfest get all the attention? Probably because it’s the most famous and rowdiest folk festival in Germany. Lucky for us that the second biggest folk festival, the Cannstatter Wasen, takes place in Stuttgart, only 15 minutes away from where we’re living!We checked out the 168th Cannstatter Wasen on Saturday, the day after the 2-week festival debuted. It was probably one of the craziest days to go – it was absolutely jam-packed! Also, S and I seemed to miss the memo about wearing the traditional Lederhosen and Dirndls – at least 60-70% of the people there were wearing the traditional southern German garb!
A not-to-be-missed event! Maybe next year I’ll wear a Dirndl!