Originating in the Middle Ages the Weihnachtsmarkt ( Christmas Market ) has always been an open-air affair held during Advent and is well-known throughout Europe.
Many traders from Germany travel all over, even to the UK, offering an abundant array of bratwurst, gluehwein, gingerbread and artisanal trinkets.
Yesterday I visited the Crefelder Weihnachtsmarkt as it was the first day, and I wanted to, well, soak up the atmosphere!
Atmosphere is something that the Germans are particularly good at creating. The Krefeld ( modern spelling ) Weihnachtsmarkt is held at the Pfarrkirche St. Dionysius and is open from the 23rd of November to the 24th of December.
By mid-evening the area was thronging with people, all having braved the heavy but not persistent rain shower.
There was a superb brass band playing, a childrens’ carousel, Christmas trees, lights, and a bouquet of aromas which have always been synonymous with these street markets…
Yes, every other booth sizzling with Bratwurst on griddles, or Reibekuchen ( crispy potato fritters ), and the most recognisable of all… Glühwein… which is imbibed hot and flavoured with cinnamon, cloves, orange, honey and a cacophony of spices including nutmeg and coriander.
Mulling over whether I should try such a warming-cup, I happened upon a booth which was beckoning me with this heady aromatic fragrance… but it wasn’t mulled wine at all, it was Mulled Gin!
The charming servers suggested I try a class, ( if only for medicinal purposes ) ohhhh exquisite! AND I felt so much better 🙂
The wooden hut, beautifully decked out by the way, was that of the Krefeld based Artisan Gin Producer Reginerate. Krefeld is fiercely proud of its home-grown talents and products with many artists, musicians and artisans enjoying their Silk City heritage.
Well done Krefeld!