The World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival

We had a lovely weekend visiting with my cousin and her wife in Wiesbaden, Germany, and they took us to the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigburg near Stuttgart.

I love pumpkins, so it was a perfect outing. The sugar-chili roasted pumpkin seeds were my favorite treat on offer, but they had pumpkin churros, pumpkin balls, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin pasta to name a few. It was pumpkin heaven! And the ornamental displays were super impressive.

According to the Internet, this festival makes use of 400,000 pumpkins per year.

A statue of an old man with long hair sits at the base of stone stairs leading up into the woods. A 12-15 foot high red Phoenix made out of small gourds. A wooden building has a row of shelves on an exterior wall. The shelves are set with a colorful variety of pumpkins, all shapes and sizes. Each pumpkin is tagged with the species name. The enormous figure of a man (made of many types of gourds) lays on the ground, held down by ropes, a pumpkin version of the scene from Gulliver’s TravelsA 15-20 foot tall Pikachu made with yellow gourds is tall and angry looking with dramatic tilted eyebrows and an open red mouth.

The theme of this year’s festival was Fantasy, and while I’m not sure how an angry Pikachu fits in the fantasy genre, he was my favorite pumpkin creature for sure. 🎃