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October 7th to 9th: the Onion Festival in Weimar

Zwiebelmarkt, the onion market, is a great event held in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany, since 1635. In the three days of the Zwiebelmarkt, the city is filled with the flavor of onions and many agricultural products are exhibited and sold in hundreds of stalls in the main squares of the city. More than 350 000 tourists flock to Weimar every year to attend the Onion Festival: a great number of people considering that the city has just over 65 000 inhabitants.

The second weekend of October is traditionally dedicated to the Zwiebelmarkt, three days dedicated to the fruits of the earth and in particular to onions.

The Onion Festival also coincides with the beer festival in Weimar. This will be the 358 th edition since 1653, when the city decreed that the second weekend of October was to be devoted to a large market of agricultural products. Even Goethe, who lived in Weimar between 1775 and 1786 (and where he returned after his trip to Italy between 1786 and 1788, and died in 1832), loved onions so much so that he used to secure onions plaited in the form of a heart to his writing desk.

Zwiebelmarkt also has a record: in 1970, nearly 35 000 onion braids were sold in half a day, for a total weight of over 100 tons.

During the market days there are dozens of stages set up in the city, on which street artists and bands perform music. And in addition to the stalls with agricultural products there are also vendors of crafts and products of Thuringia, such as pottery and woodworking items.

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  1. Mags August 29, 2011


    I am travelling to Germany soon for my travel guide.

    Is the Onion Festival strictly for agricultural products or will there be a selection of food stalls which use onion as the main ingredient? I am especially interested in food blogging you see….

    Hope to hear from you.


    • Francy September 6, 2011

      Hello Mags! Of course the fair is not only about agricultural products! You will delight your palate with delicious specialties based on onion such as tasty onion cakes or onion soups, while searching information for your travel blog!! enjoy your trip 😉

      best regards

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