The city of Annweiler/Trifels will celebrate its annual chestnut fest Saturday and Sunday. More than 30 stands will be put up on Rathausplatz, where vendors will offer their merchandise from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Sunday, stores will be open from 1 to 6 p.m.
The event will highlight the chestnut. Usually edible chestnuts are grown only south of the Alps. The Romans once brought the tree to the wine-growing areas in the Pfalz. Thanks to the mild climate in the Palatinate Forest and in the area around Annweiler, called Trifelsland, conditions for chestnut trees to grow are excellent.
During the chestnut harvest time, Oct. 1 to Nov. 15,
regional restaurants, cafes and vineries serve special menus made with chestnuts such as soup, chicken with chestnut vegetables, rumpsteak with chestnut crust and chestnut mousse with orange sauce.
During Annweiler’s chestnut fest, visitors can taste a big variety of food and drink specialties made of chestnuts, including bratwurst, dumplings, bread, cake, crepes, marmalade, honey, ice cream, liquor and beer.
Other products for sale include decoration items for fall, soap and jewelry.
The crowning of the 14th chestnut princess will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the city hall.
Musical entertainment will be provided in the afternoon of both days on the fest grounds, and children can enjoy rides on a merry-go-round.
For more information on the fest and hikes on the 60-kilomter chestnut route, visit www.trifelsland.de or www.keschdeweg.de.