Do you like food? Do you like drink? Do you like Germany? Well then, we’ve got the goodness for ya! Near the end of the year, we left sunny Seville and headed up to the rainy cold of southwestern Germany to hook up with our friends there and get real with some tasty treats.
Car dork alert! Thanks to Hertz for randomly hooking us up with this Ford Focus ST wagon. So many drools, so much sports car wagon fun.
Autobahn and such, you know…
Plaza Culinaria takes place yearly in the city of Freiburg, and it’s basically a massive trade show of all things food- and drink-related. It’s also for the public, with plenty of food and drink vendors giving out samples or selling their wares.
Our friends at Decker Bier were in charge of organizing the craft beer area, so we had the perfect excuse to fly up there and check it out. This also meant we got to see a bunch of other friends from both Freiburg and nearby Staufen.
The eve before the event, though, we hooked up with our pals, Viviane and Christine, for a great dinner at Das Schiff in Freiburg.
‘Twas a gluttonous affair!
The next day it was time for even more gluttony, as we pounced on Plaza Culinaria, ready to imbibe in basically everything.
What you see there is a tiny fraction of how big the expo is. It’s four halls, if I remember correctly, and just chock-full of goodness.
Since the pictures are endless, we’ll just start with food and then move to beer. 🙂 I should also note that these photos were taken over the course of two days there!
Woo-wee! That was a lot to digest! As Plaza Culinaria is in Freiburg, it’s very near both Switzerland and France. Therefore, we were able to try things from all three countries as folks come from all around to showcase and sell their goodness. We really enjoyed eating our way through this place.
Before we got to the craft beer area, we also had a few traditional German beers. They were scattered around in the food area.
So then, craft beer time! This was also for our Hopsmash project, so check that out, too!
Might as well say ‘hi’ to David from Decker Bier first, since he and his crew are responsible for organizing the entire craft beer area. Great guys, great beer, well done!
Marcel from Speidels Braumeister, maker of brewing and homebrewing equipment. Nice guy, this one!
A couple of the many goodies by Brau Kollektiv from Freiburg. James from the brewery was running around here, so I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of him. Great gent, though! Also, superb beer.
Martin’s Bräu, also from Freiburg…
Tasty treats from Brasserie Boum’r, across the river near Colmar, France…
Goodies from Labieratorium in Cottbus, Germany…
Interesting beers made with honey by craftBee in Kassel…
Yankee & Kraut from Ingolstadt…
A zwickl pils from Nittenauer in Nittenau…
A delicious imperial black IPA by Camba in Seeon-Seebruck…
And Almut, the awesome brewer behind Emma in Freiburg. As she’s one of the few female brewers out there, her tag line is “Bier ohne Bart” – Beer without a beard.
Lastly, some hops for ya!
Phew! It’s not over yet, though! Our last night in Freiburg, we hooked up with a bunch of our friends for a stunning meal at a traditional, family-run Italian restaurant whose name totally escapes me at the moment. (Sorry!)
We also swung by Staufen im Breisgau to visit our friends, David, Christine, and Viviane. A few pictures from those good times…
David is a professional fine artist, so we always like to peek into his studio as well.
For whatever reason, I didn’t take many pictures in Staufen. Ah well!
That’s a wrap!
Be sure to check out our other Germany posts right here, and our Hopsmash project right here if you love delicious beer.
A very special and very big thanks to everyone in Freiburg and Staufen im Breisgau, especially all of our loving friends and acquaintances. We always have a great time, and it’s mostly because of the amazing people!
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