A friend wrote and told me her daughter was thinking of me when she read about a festival in Switzerland where people walk around with onions on their heads. Intrigued, I did a little research and found Zibelemärit Onion Market in Bern on Monday 26th November and Räben-Chilbi Turnip Festival on Saturday 10th November.
Has anyone experienced these festivals and can recommend either of them? Should we organise a social, "meet at Zurich HB with onion/turnip"?
I'm going with Bissig Car Reisen to the Zwiebele Markt in Bern. It will be my first time. And since I'm finally not driving, I'll be definitely trying any alcoholic drinks I see except for the sweet liquor schnapps. Cheers to the onions!
The Rueblimart in Aarau is held in Grabenstr, which is where markets are normally held in Aarau, if you are familiar with the town, and apparently goes from the crack of dawn (6am) until 7pm. I'm looking forward to it, but I am keeping my expectations extremely low!
The carrots were kind of wacky. It was really just a market, a lot bigger than the normal markets, but I'd say it was about 10% carrot-related, 90% non-carroty. There were carrot cakes, carrot soup, carrot bread, carrot decorations (made of both real and fake carrots), carrot art, carrots, carrot crepes, carrot cheese, and even the odd stall-holder dressed as a carrot (which was great). It was fun, but not necessarily the best vegetable festival opportunity. And I still don't know anything about the history behind it.
there is more than one carrot festival around the world! And there seems to be a bit of a fan club for the carrot. They say that these festivals celebrate the successful harvest of the carrots! Fascinating.