Market puts focus on herbs, herbal products

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

Lichtenberg Castle near Kusel is the stage for an herb market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Herbs are the center of attention. Visitors can learn everything about herbs including herbs in pots, decorations, oils, garden ceramics and literature.

***image1***Guided tours through the medieval herbs garden at the castle and hikes to get to know the wild herbs around the castle are offered at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Those who want to learn about wild herbs can participate in a hike around the castle at 10 a.m.

Stands are set up where visitors learn how to use the common garden herbs, how they grow and how they are used for food, drinking specialties, in houses and for wellness and health.

There are cooking shows and demonstrations on how to plant herbs in backyards and keep away any pests.

Vendors sell tee, syrup, liquor and creams made of herbs, goat cheese, brooms and pottery items.

Interested visitors can learn how to bind herbal bouquets and do pottery. Children can take part in a felt workshop 1 to 3 p.m. and enjoy a petting zoo.
Musical entertainment is provided by the band “Die 3 aus Kusel” 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the “Klanggewitter” 3 to 5 p.m.

***image2***The two museums in the castle, the Musicians County Museum and Geoskop, the primeval world museum, offer reduced entry fees for adults. Children are admitted free.

Cooks of the Culinary County Road and of the Kusel Butcher Guild serve food specialties made with herbs such as bratwurst, musicians county steaks and more.

Tickets to the event cost €1 for adults; children under 12 are free.