The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival is located about 2 and a half hours from Grafenwoehr so I wasn't sure whether the drive would be worth it. I quickly realized that of you love pumpkins and you enjoy trying new things it is a must! I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at some of the activities and sights at the festival. When we arrived we went down the path less taken. On this route my friend's children could talk to the polzei and get a little sheet stamped at different centers which taught the children about safety. Once the sheet was full they each got a small free pumpkin.
Along the path we had the opportunity to gawk at about a dozen beautiful sand statues. All of them took days to create. I was amazed by these & did not expect to see these at the festival so it was a delightful bonus. The Ludwigsburg Festival also has different special events each weekend. The event that took place the weekend we were there was the pumpkin canoe regatta. It was amazing watching people paddling against one another in a race rocking back and forth in gigantic pumpkins. Other events I think I would enjoy are the Giant Pumpkin Carving on the 15th of October 2017 and the European Pumpkin Weigh off on the 8th of October 2017.
Besides having a different event on the weekends, they also every year have a new theme for the festival and this year the pumpkin sculptures were based on Rome. There was a man carving pumpkin sculptures while we were there as well. My favorite part of the festival was definitely buying and tasting all sorts of pumpkin flavored food & drinks. The items I purchased to taste at home was the wine & liqour. I was not a fan of the wine because it hardly had flavor; however a swig or two of the liquor was such a sweet treat and helped my sore throat. I would love to buy it again.
You can see what I tasted below which included pumpkin soup, pumpkin spatzle, and pumpkin soda. I didn't care for the soda as it tasted like a vegetable juice. The spatzle was good, but the soup was AMAZING! I wish I could have tasted the cookies, ice cream, jam, and bought some pumpkin seeds as well. I would love to go back and look forward to it. It is defiantly worth the hype and drive.