Mannheim Stadtfest (town festival) was held for 3 days in the middle of the quadrate, along the planks, and extending out toward the Wasserturm, an apparent icon of Mannheim. It’s pretty awesome for the city to have these sort of communal events – an excuse to chill out with friends/family, eat really good food or in my case, an extended break from studying for my final exams (tehe!). We actually didn’t have a good idea of the reason behind the festival but apparently this is the 25th year of the celebration! And I mean, most of us exchange students probably won’t be returning to Mannheim any time soon so why not check it out if you’ve got time.Basically it was a large open-air event with arts and crafts markets, German food stalls, and a few stages with different live music performances (some were singing in English too!). There seemed to be lots of visitors from out of town and the crowd really gave it a local tradition vibe. We walked through the planks which were lined right and left with the market and food stalls and couldn’t help check out what everyone was eating! There was too much to be had – Bratwurst, Currywurst, waffles, crepes, Damfelnudeln, Asian noodles, Pizza, Flammkuchen, tropical fruit punches, Cocktails and more! Walking with the crowd was at sloth-rate, but it was a chill evening with a light breeze, and the infused smell of all this food. Now I was supposed to have a proper bratwurst because to be honest to Germany, I haven’t had one since arriving (it took me a while to have Döner too. Clearly haven’t been culturally immersing myself). But again I didn’t feel like a sausage and decided to go with the thai noodles, which were decent. I was already stuffed at this point so I didn’t give anything else a try. But the girls tried a desert they haven’t before called:
Dampfelnudeln, a sweet dessert traditional to the Bavarian region of Germany. I’d describe it as a light and fluffy dough or dumpling which is steamed and served with a warm vanilla custard sauce.
They’re also made in variations and can be stuffed with fruits like plums and apricots or glazed with butter or sugar. It kind of reminds me of those Vietnamese or Chinese pork buns but they were more yellow in colour and the texture looked like a soft pull-apart bread! The girls said it had a salty touch though, that’s probably what made it a little different. After all salty and sweet can be a heavenly marriage!
Days left in Mannheim/Germany = 14
NTS: Have a Bratwurst before leaving