Day 3 in Mosel River Valley area
Venturing a whole six kilometers away, today I attended the Größter Bauern Handwerker & Winzermarkt von Rheinland-Pfalz in Burgen bei Bernkastel-Kues.
I was very excited because it showcased many crafts, works, trades, delicious foods, and arts of the local people. This is something I highly respect because these people learn a trade and master it. A real sense of community and humanity emerge from the amount of skill needed and workmanship displayed. There is nothing of cheap quality and all of the items are built to last. You know your money is well spent, because if there is one thing the German people know, it’s quality.
As you pass from booth to booth and stall to stall, the wrinkles and hard lines of the faces of the individuals has been earned and well respected. Family businesses lined the streets of Burgen run directly from the garages showcased hard work and years of perfection. I enjoyed delicately sweet cakes and excellently seasoned meats on the freshest bread. All too often in the US, things are laden with salt and extraneous chemicals which dull the palate. Not so today. With the relatively small amounts of food I consumed, I will pleasantly satisfied and not left craving more; which is something rather unfamiliar for me. Think about it, how many times have you craved something, eaten that item, and felt completely unfulfilled which leaves you reaching for the next item? Well, that hasn’t happened in a while, especially sense reentering Germany. My familiar sweet tooth for chocolate was satiated with Apfel Strudel and a lightly cream topped cake with lemon. But of course, no fair would be complete without the imfamous bratwurst.
Below, you will find several selections for the event that caught my eye and the wonderful scenery on the walk back to my flat. Enjoy.