Celebrating the onion – at Zwiebelfest Esslingen

Yesterday, my friend Jules and I decided to celebrate onions. And where can you do this better than at a festival dedicated to them? What a coincidence that the Zwiebelfest (Festival of the Onion ) is taking place in Esslingen at the moment!? 😉

You find this small festival at the market square (Marktplatz) in Esslingen, surrounded by beautiful, historical houses.

Zwiebelfest - Festival of the Onion - in Esslingen

Zwiebelfest at the market square in Esslingen

Eight chefs offer food and drinks at their stands. Most of it is Swabian – which means it’s very good, of course 🙂 But I have to admit, I expected the onion to be more present in the dishes offered. OK, they had onion cake, but that’s nothing unusual. The only interesting thing I found was onion marmalade…

I went for Maultaschen-Burger. Maultaschen are what you can call Swabian Ravioli. One chef came up with the idea of putting it in a bread roll.

Maultaschen Burger

I was curious how it might taste and I can tell you, it’s actually quite nice.

As the festival is very small and thus also very crowded in the evening, Jules and I decided to have a drink at Kessler Sekt – Germany’s oldest producer of sparkling wine (at least that’s what they state on their website :-)). During summer, they open their backyard and you can sit there and order sparking wine out of their depot.

Entrance to the backyard of Sektkellerei Kessler

Ordering sparkling wine out of the depot at Kessler Sekt

I had some kind of summer cocktail -of course made with Kessler Sekt –  and Jules got a glass of Hochgewächs.

Cheers

Tasting Kessler Sekt

We had a lovely evening in Esslingen and I have to admit, even though we came for the onion, it was the sparkling wine that made us stay… 🙂

But eventually, we had to say goodbye to the onions, not without a last hungry look at the onion cakes on display…Onion cake

If you are interested in visiting the Zwiebelfest yourself, you can do so until the 12th of August.

More information about:

Zwiebelfest Esslingen 2013 (only in German)

Sektkellerei Kessler