Germany’s Other Big Fest

The word on everyone’s lips this month (apart from “football”) is Oktoberfest and nowhere on Earth is this more evident than a trip to beautiful Munich, Germany to see the mother-of-all beer celebrations. I honestly know of no better way to celebrate the marriage of German culture and beer than this epic annual event. There’s nothing quite like a steaming hot bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard, pomme frites (with mayo, of course), great music, and a nice, big glass (or two, or three) of good German beer to wash it all down. YUUUM!

If wine is more to your taste, an event like Oktoberfest may leave you feeling like you’re in the minority. It’s not that you’d be hard-pressed to find wine, but let’s face it – the focus of Oktoberfest is beer. Not to worry, Mr. or Ms. Wine Drinker, because there is another Fest just for you.

Although I somehow missed it on my calendar for this year, I may as well tell you so that you can at least mark your calendars for next year. I’m talking about Weinfest der Mittelmosel – or, as we American military guys used to refer to it, Bernkastel Winefest.

Bernkastel Wine Festival

Nestled in the foothills of the Eifel Mountains, midway between Luxembourg and Wiesbaden lies Bernkastel-Kues, a beautiful, medieval- and gothic- style town which stands on the winding banks of the Mosel River. Every year in September (around harvest time) the city comes to life is a HUGE music and wine celebration.

This picturesque burg straddles the mighty Mosel and is flanked by fields of grape for as far as the eye can see. The normally quaint town bursts to life during Weinfest with live music, local and world-renowned wine vendors, and happy, buzzed, friendly revelers for days. At night, there are fantastic fireworks displays – the more notable being the one at Burg Landshut (Landshut Castle).


In short, if you are a wine lover, I highly recommend you check this out. I also recommend taking the Mosel River Cruise if you get the chance.

If your budget won’t allow for international travel, that’s cool, go out and grab a bottle of Mosel-grown Riesling that you can sample and enjoy with your friends and family. Just don’t forget the food and music!

Viel Spaß!


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