Brezel Fest

July 13, 2010

By Danielle Skinner

(Danielle works for U.S. Africa Command’s Public Affairs Office)

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Summer in Germany wouldn’t be complete with all of its festivals. There’s a fest for everything from onions to fish to asparagus…beer, wine, and more!

The town of Speyer, Germany has a fest dedicated to one of Germany’s famous staple foods–the “brezel”(pretzel in English). Brezel Fest is an annual celebration which started in 1910 to promote the sales of Speyer pretzel bakers, local breweries, and cigars.  Apparently, Speyer prides itself on being a “pretzel town” known especially for its huge cheese-covered  pretzels.

Now in 2010 the town is celebrating its 100th Brezel Fest anniversary!  I felt that it would be a shame to miss this special occasion, so a couple of friends and I set out on a pilgrimage yesterday after work to discover the wonders of the famous Speyer pretzel.

Speyer, about 1.5 hours from Stuttgart, is a charming town located beside the Rhine River.  It is worth making a trip there to enjoy the cafes and shops and visit the beautiful Speyer Cathedral.  It is also known for its Technik Museum which has a large collection of aircraft, cars, trains, and other items.

The festival was rather quiet when we were there–I’m not sure if that’s due to the fact that it was a Monday or that it was threatening to storm.  Regardless, we had a good time walking around sampling food, beer, and even going on a few rides.

The beer tents were all decorated with hanging pretzels, and a band played local folk music.  On Tuesday, July 13, the town will celebrate the last day of the festival with music, fireworks, and a parade.  I regret that I won’t be able to make it to the closing day of the fest but there is definitely not a lack of fests around here. This week I plan to stop by the Hamburg  Fish Market at Karlsplatz in downtown Stuttgart. Stay tuned for more about that


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