There’s so much to see and do in Germany in the summertime – wine festivals, wine hikes, food markets, city beaches, and of course folk festivals. The Kiliani-Volksfest is back in town in Würzburg and I got a chance to visit yesterday for the first time this season.
The Würzburger Kiliani-Volksfest is a local summertime favourite. Known locally as the Mess, the festival runs every year between early to mid-July at the Talavera parking lot in Zellerau, a district of Würzburg. The famous folk festival attracts up to 1 million visitors per year. In addition to the fairgrounds at the Talavera, there is also a Kilianimesse, a festival market that takes place during the same time period at the city’s central Marktplatz. This is the place to find kitchenware, clothing, spices, and other treats.
After watching the opening night fireworks from the vineyards last Friday, I got the chance to visit the festival in person yesterday with S and my friend Rick who was visiting from Canada. Unlike last year when I attended the festival at dusk, this year we visited in full daylight which is a different experience all together. The same rides, games, and food stands were here this year as well; in fact, most stands were in the exact same spot in the parking lot (a common theme I’ve noticed for annual festivals).
We walked around the fairgrounds and admired the rides, saw visitors wearing Dirndl and Lederhosen, spotted the Würzburger Hofbräu beer tent, and checked out food stalls selling chocolate-dipped fruit on a stick, crêpes, cotton candy, steaks, fries, candied nuts, and of course, bratwurst. For the first time ever at a festival, I spotted chocolate-covered cherries so I had to pounce on those. They contain the pits inside, so if you find some for yourself, watch out!
As much as I wanted to eat a Lángos at the same stand I spotted last year, we had just eaten a big lunch beforehand at a beer garden in town, so I opted out. Next year, though, definitely!