Blossom fest presents latest wines

by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo
Freinsheim will celebrate its annual blossom fest under the motto, “Cooking, Arts, Wine,” Saturday and Sunday. The wine growing community will present the new season’s wines, and visitors have the opportunity to talk to vintners. The I-Punkt Freinsheim (Tourist Information office) and participating wineries will sell wine passes for €12. This pass will authorize visitors to taste 20 wines in small tasting glasses on both days.
Sunday, stores will open 1 to 6 p.m. and the toy museum will exhibit a collection of old toys.
Wine Princess Anne II and a local band will officially open the fest at 11:30 a.m. on both days at the historical town hall.
Wagon rides with Haflinger horses are scheduled to start at noon from the Kreuzhof winery.
Surrounded by an ocean of blossoms, visitors will find a large variety of culinary specialties, wines and art items throughout the medieval town.
Food specialties include potato pancakes with salmon or apple sauce, pork chops with potato salad, pancakes with spinach and sheep cheese, prime boiled beef with horseradish sauce, trout, shrimps and oysters, chicken breast in orange-mustard sauce with curry rice, flammkuchen with asparagus, salmon rolls with salad, Thai food, strawberry parfait with berries and homemade cakes.
Art galleries will display art objects including paintings and sculptors by local artists.
The Baroque garden invites visitors to take a walk along the medieval town wall.
The town wall was built in the 15th century. After the town came under the domination of the electoral palatinate in 1471, the new authorities enforced the current walls. With the iron gate, construction of the fortification came to an end in 1514. Until the beginning of the 19th century, only two gates were leading out of town. Besides the two town gates, the iron gate in the east and the Hain gate in the southwest, about 20 towers were put up within the wall — today five towers are left. It is known as one of the nicest and most complete town fortification facilities in the Pfalz.
To get to Freinsheim, travel on A6 direction Mannheim; take the Grünstadt exit; follow the signs to Kirchheim, Dackenheim and Freinsheim. For more information, visit