The wine-growing community of Freinsheim will celebrate its annual blossom fest from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The town will present the new season’s wines, and visitors have the opportunity to talk to vintners. The local tourist information office I-Punkt Freinsheim and participating vineries will sell wine passes for €12. This pass will authorize visitors to taste 20 wines in little tasting glasses on both days.
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.
Experienced cellar masters and hiking guides will take visitors through the various vineyards and inform them about the different wine grapes. The two-hour tours will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. near the town hall. The fest costs €10 and includes a wine tasting with a little snack offered in the vineyard.
Additionally, a wine shuttle will make stops in the vineyards throughout both days.
Wagon rides with Haflinger horses will be offered to take people on the blossom hiking path through the blooming fruit groves. They are scheduled to start at noon from Kreuzhof vinery.
Surrounded by an ocean of blossoms, visitors will find a large diversity of culinary specialties, wines and art items throughout the medieval town.
Food specialties include asparagus salad with smoked salmon, pork chops with potato salad, lamb with paprika-zucchini vegetables, prime boiled beef with horseradish sauce, shrimps and oysters, Thai dishes, onion meat with mushrooms, asparagus crepes with hollandaise sauce, strawberry parfaits with berries and homemade cakes.
Art galleries will display works of art , including paintings and sculptures by local artists.
On Sunday, stores will open from 1 to 6 p.m. and the toy museum will exhibit a collection of old toys.
The Baroque garden invites visitors to take a walk through flowers and herbs 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 led 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 Gruenstadt exit and follow the signs to Kirchheim, Dackenheim and Freinsheim.
For details, visit www.stadt-freinsheim.de.