Culinary hike in Freinsheim leads through vineyards

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Numerous hikers enjoy eating and drinking breaks during the culinary wine hike taking place today through Sunday in Freinsheim.
After darkness today, a fireworks display is scheduled to illuminate the vineyards in Freinsheim.

The wine growing community of Freinsheim will offer its annual culinary hike on its wine-hiking trail today to Sunday.

The 7-kilometer-long trail is located southwest of Freinsheim and leads through two vineyards called “Oschelskopf” and “Schwarzes Kreuz,” or black cross. An ornamented pillar made of sandstone from the 16th century, which shows the crucifixion scene, gave the wine-hiking trail its name.

The event will start at 6 p.m. today by opening 20 drinking and eating stands along the route, where Freinsheim vintners will present their specialties. Hikers can taste wines, sparkling wines and juices. International and regional food such as potato pancakes with salmon, coconut milk soup with cilantro and lemongrass, Palatinate tapas, goat cheese with walnuts, goulash soup, meat dumplings with horse radish, potato dumplings with sauerkraut, beef salad with chickpeas, oriental lamb pot, pumpkin soup, onion cake, waffles, crepes, warm chocolate cake with red wine plums, and a lot more.

After darkness today, a fireworks display will illuminate the vineyards.

Saturday and Sunday, Wine Princess Saskia I will officially open the event at 11:30 a.m. at the historical town hall.

The wine and food stands will be open 6 to 10 p.m. today, and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local stores will open for Sunday shopping from 1 to 6 p.m.

The old part of town will be closed to motorized traffic. Visitors coming by car are asked to park outside of town. The center is only a few steps away.

From the historical town hall, hikers should walk on Hauptstrasse, turn into Breite Strasse and pass the Hain Gate after 50 meters. Then they need to turn left onto Friedhofstrasse and then straight again to reach stand number one.

If starting from the train station, hikers need to follow the arrows on Franz-Lind-Strasse, turn right to the gatekeeper house, then right again to get to stand number one after 50 meters.

To get to Freinsheim, travel on A6 direction Mannheim; take the Gruenstadt exit; follow the signs to Kirchheim, Dackenheim and Freinsheim.

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Participants of the culinary wine hike enjoy walking through the vineyards. This year’s hike is scheduled today through Sunday.