First off, we thought the fair would be some small, sparsely-attended event with a couple of booths pilfering cooking oils, jams, chocolates, you know, the usual food fair kind of stuff. Well, we were kind of right, but mostly wrong.
The event was held at the Landesmesse, which is a convention centre complex near the Stuttgart airport. When we tried to find a parking spot, we were alarmed to see that this massive Parkhaus was packed to the gills. On a Sunday. I thought, ‘Really, people? Are you all going to this food fair? You too want to score as many crazy food samples as possible?’ After about 20 minutes in the parking structure, we finally found a money spot near the exit.
As we began walking toward the convention hall area, we saw hundreds of families with their little kids. Most were holding flower balloons. That was our first clue that something odd was going on. Did we go to the right place?