One of the truly great things about living in Germany is that on just about any given weekend in all seasons, there is some sort of festival or market going on. In the last 2 years, we've been to wine fests, sausage tests (yes, really...), pumpkin fests, beer fests, Oktoberfests, Christmas markets, meat markets (again, yes, really) and seen advertisements for things like "Onion Celebrations" and the like.
A few weekends ago, a nearby village hosted a 4-mile culinary walk (or a Wanderung) through some great wide open fields. At the entrance, we paid 7 Euros each for a wine glass that came with a handy dandy necklace, and a map that took us through the fields to 8 separate stops. At these stops, tents from local catering companies and restaurants were set up with food and wine on offer. With the purchase of our wine glasses, we were able to sample wines for 1.50 Euros per glass (as opposed to 3.50 Euros without the glass) and food was extra. I kind of wish that I hadn't purchased the glass, as I only ended up sampling one wine and saved my cash for eats!
It was an insanely expensive way to spend time outside and get 4-miles worth of exercise by walking and I think that we probably ate and drank back all the calories we burned from walking, but the weather was fabulous, the air was fresh, and we ran into some of my former students and got to spend some time outside of the dance studio, chatting face to face about life.