Freinsheim holds blossom fest

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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 will have the opportunity to talk to vintners.

The I-Punkt Freinsheim (tourist information office) and participating wineries will sell wine passes for €10. This pass will authorize visitors to taste the offered wines on both days.

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 will include pancakes with spinach and sheeps cheese, prime boiled beef with horseradish sauce, salmon rolls with salad, pork filet with asparagus, oriental turkey rolls with rice, Thai food, and cakes.

Wine Princess Pia and a local band will officially open the fest at 11:30 a.m. on both days at the historical town hall. Guided hiking tours along the trails with trees in blossom will follow right after the official opening at 1 p.m.

Wagon rides with Haflinger horses are scheduled to start at noon from the Kreuzhof winery.

Bands will provide musical entertainment in different locations.
The arts studio in Buschhof will display modern arts and serve Mediterranean food.
Various artists will show off their works and paintings in some of the wineries.
Children can have fun in a carnival set up in Weisenheimer Strasse near the iron gate.

The Baroque garden will invite 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 errected 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 established within the walls.

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 autobahn A6 direction Mannheim; take the Grünstadt exit; follow the signs to Kirchheim, Dackenheim and Freinsheim.
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