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World’s Biggest Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg: Photo Essay

World’s Biggest Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg: Photo Essay

Happy Bellyfish got a chance to visit the world’s biggest pumpkin festival in Germany – here are our impressions in a short photo essay!

Pumpkin needs no extra introduction: everyone is familiar with this giant berry, that takes a prominent place not only on our plates. Even if where you grew up pumpkin wasn’t a staple during the autumn months, you probably still remember an image of Cinderella’s carriage, a giant pumpkin turned a into a golden vehicle, just on time for the ball.

 

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Truly, it is difficult to find a berry, which has more applications than a squash! There are numerous pumpkin recipes, turning it into soups, pies and even curries. It is a world-famous decorative item, and a central piece of Halloween celebration. Carving masters can turn a pumpkin into a masterpiece! In some countries, dried squash is used as vessels and even as musical instruments.

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No wonder, that pumpkin has become such a celebrated berry, with numerous festivals held around the world.  The biggest pumpkin festival in the world is held in Germany, in a small town of Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. The event is set in a beautiful Blühendes Barock Garden of the Palace.

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The grounds are covered with the countless types of pumpkins of all shapes, colors, sizes and flavours. Almost all are available for sale – but one should be careful, as not all of them are edible!

… some of them resemble melones
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… some of them are so fragile that they might break when you simply lift them

 

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… some of them take exact same color as tree leaves, transitioning from summer to autumn colors

 

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…some of them have more familiar shape, but it doesn’t make them less fascinating

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A big part of the festival is dedicated to the pumpkin art – you won’t believe what kind of figures can be made fro these oh so familiar berries!

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This year’s theme was largely dedicated to circus.

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One of the highlights of the festival is pumpkin carvings – it is unbelievable what can a real artist do with it, giving a pumpkin such a real shape and faces expressions, that it almost looks alive!

Some works of the finalists of the carving competition:

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A real “pumpkin village” with cute and funny characters was on display:

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The most prominent place is given to the most special Pumpkin of the event (yes, I have to write it with capital “P”) –  the Europe’s biggest pumpkin, which weights over 1100 kg. Here are the Pumpkins which are only half in size:

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On the last day of the festival everyone is invited to smash the pumpkins, which have been displayed during the event – a pleasure not worth missing!

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How many types of pumpkins can you name? 

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0 thoughts on “World’s Biggest Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg: Photo Essay

  1. Katariina

    This is amazing! I love pumpkin patches here in California, but a whole festival… Wow!

    2 years ago Reply

  2. Melly

    What a unique festival!

    2 years ago Reply

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