The Munich area is absolutely beautiful and has so much more to offer than Oktoberfest and Hofbräuhaus! And I’m here to prove it.
Exhibit A: The Tollwood festival!
This is an outdoor event which takes place twice a year, and includes various stands selling everything from clothes to jewelery to liquor, lots of amazing, mostly organic food, and even live music. I’ve already been there a couple of times, and it’s become an annual tradition.
Before driving into town, I needed breakfast, of course. I’m still in love with that bright pink beet and horseradish spread. And local mini cucumbers. I could have those sandwiches for every meal of the day.
I also had some melon, that I shared with my husband, as it was already getting mushy.
Welcome to the Tollwood festival!
It was a very hot day, and I was getting thirsty, but wanted something more flavorful than plain water. We were lucky to find a juice stand near the entrance, where I got a grapefruit orange mix (left) and the husband had some strawberry concoction (right).
And then it was finally time for lunch! I had been looking forward to that falafel wrap all day long. It was good, but not as good as I remembered from previous visits. Strange. I also had a glass of my favorite summer cocktail. It’s called Hugo, and is a mix of sparkling wine, elderberry flower syrup, lemon, and mint. This one was perfect! More, please!
There are so many amazing food stands at the festival, I can’t possibly fit all of those delicious things into my belly, so I had to choose wisely what I wanted for dessert. It was a tough decision, but I finally settled on an old favorite, a thin crepe filled with applesauce. Fruity, not too heavy, not too sweet, just right.
While I ate a lot at the festival, we also ended up walking about five miles total that day. Maybe even more. I wasn’t very hungry, but didn’t want to skip dinner either, so I made us … no, not bibimbap, but bibimguksu. Which is basically the same dish, just with noodles instead of rice. I topped my noodles with green onions, parsley, button mushrooms, bell pepper, pickled radish, edamame, and avocado.
Bibimguksu is traditionally eaten cold, so it was a very refreshing end to a wonderful, hot summer day.
What’s your favorite summer festival? Or favorite festival food?