{Germany} Potato Festival at Domäne Dahlem

September 25, 2016

Germany

I’ve mentioned the Domäne Dahlem – an agricultural museum and working form in the South of Berlin – before. Since our move, it’s just an easy door-to-door subway ride away, so we have become more frequent guests over the past year. The highlights are definitely their special seasonal fairs, which take place throughout the year. Just a couple of weeks ago we visited their Medieval Knight Festival, and today we went to see the Potato Festival.

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Ever since hearing about it, #MuseumBoy has wanted to go – because you can pick harvest your own potatoes, and for a city kids that’s pretty exciting! My husband grew up on a farm, so he couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about, lol. My sister was visiting too, and we were in for one last, glorious Indian summer weekend filled with beautiful sunshine, so we had a perfect family day out. Besides harvesting potatoes, there were also some potato themed activities, potato dishes to eat in the museum cafe, and the usual assortment of craft stalls, live music, tractor rides and farm animals. The boys were so excited about the potato harvesting, they didn’t even beg to go on the carousel!

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There were two potato fields to choose from – one with modern potatoes, and one with historic breeds. Although they were more expensive – you buy your harvest to take home with you – they were still several Euros cheaper per kilo than buying them in the shops. Makes sense, since you are not paying for the manual labour, transport etc. We ended up with around 2.5kg of Blue Congos and Bamberg Potatoes – the former are destined for a potato and pumpkin casserole tomorrow, and the latter will make a very nice side dish to the lamb at my birthday dinner later this week.

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The Potato Festival is an annual event, and we can totally recommend it for next year! I hope you enjoy the photos with some impressions from the day.

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