A Day in the Black Forest of Germany

October 9, 2013  •  Europe, Sasbachwalden, Travel

20131009-095222.jpgEvery once in awhile I find myself in the right place to join in the most authentic of local experiences. Such was the case when my food and wine group ventured through the Black Forest outside of Baden Baden to spend the day in Sasbachwalden for their annual wine festival and thanksgiving celebration.20131009-095242.jpgAs we wound through a very foggy and dark forest on our way to the small town in the hills, we emerged from the trees above the fields and vines of Sasbachwalden to make our way to Gourmet die Kochschule, the cooking school that would serve as our base for the day.20131009-095307.jpg20131009-095443.jpgTo get the day started, our host had arranged some specialties of the region to enjoy with a wine tasting from a local wine maker…20131009-095508.jpg…including my favorite find of this trip, a sparkling rose wine called Sekt. But what we really came early for was to enjoy the parade. And boy, we were not disappointed!20131009-095623.jpgBoys of all ages marching along together…20131009-095640.jpg…followed by thousands of flowers adorning floats from both farmers and wine makers alike.
20131009-095653.jpgMy guests couldn’t get enough of the parade – I think we took a combined 750 pictures during the day!20131009-095709.jpgOf men like this proudly representing their village…20131009-095739.jpg…as the parade meandered through the tiny town and up the hill.20131009-095748.jpgA few of the villagers carried elaborate clocks like this on their back, a reminder of their traditions.20131009-095810.jpgThis poor young girl could barely carry her family farm sign and her brother, pulling the cart of the harvest behind, kept pushing her and yelling at her to walk faster.20131009-095828.jpgKids were everywhere, and I personally couldn’t stop snapping photos of the cute little German faces.20131009-095837.jpgLike this baby boy…20131009-100055.jpg…or this toddler waving to the crowd…20131009-100109.jpg…as people watched from the windows of the restaurants and hotels lining the street.20131009-100228.jpgThe many floats with flower covered wine bottles reminded us why we had come here in the first place…20131009-100339.jpg…and many, including these young girls, were handing out wine, apples, or other specialties from their farms or wineries.20131009-100351.jpgI could only think of Heidi when looking at these two beautiful young sisters.20131009-100404.jpgThe region is small, but the towns here proudly display where they a from.20131009-100419.jpgTaking a short break during the parade, I had a chance to see the lovely river flowing under a bridge lined with overflowing flower boxes.20131009-100433.jpgAnd I returned in time to see the float that summed up how all of the locals must feel: “Our hearts beat for the Alde Gott.”20131009-100549.jpgThis little girl was singing at the top of her lungs as she marched along hand in hand!20131009-100601.jpgWhile these teen boys, so adorable dressed in traditional garb, handed out wine samples to the crowd.20131009-100614.jpgGiven the cold no damp weather, I am guessing these girls were pretty happy with their float that included some skins to stay warm.20131009-100747.jpgThe loggers stopped every once in awhile, fortunately in front of me this time, and they demonstrated how quickly town men can saw a log when working together.20131009-100816.jpgThis little angel is one of my favorites, sitting in a wine bucket, complete with grape juice smudges on her forehead.20131009-100841.jpgThe old guy with the pipe took a lot of grief from the crowd.20131009-100852.jpgAfter the parade, you could find people stopping to chat, drink, wine, and compare notes about the day…20131009-100907.jpg…as they all walked back across the creek to make their way to the wine festival.20131009-100921.jpgWe grabbed a coffee from Klaus before wandering down through the town…20131009-100930.jpg…past the colorful window boxes…20131009-100949.jpg…to experience the festival first hand in the large tent full of people drinking wine and bands playing.20131009-101000.jpgThis was one special day in a region known for producing some of the best wines in the world. After the rain stops, and the town recovers from their big celebration, they will be back out in the fields to cut the grapes that hang heavy on the vines. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to spend a day wi them in Sasbachwalden.


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  1. Sharon Mehrtens says:

    I feel like I am right there with you, Michele! Your posts are absolutely wonderful and photos fantastic. After reading your post, I have decided that Tim and I must visit Heidelburg for our holiday trip to Germany :).

  2. Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockies says:

    This was such a special day. I know that I will never ever forget it.

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