Esslingen will host the Zwiebelfest, or onion festival, at the Marktplatz in the historic downtown area.
Background on the event:
The tradition of the fest dates back to the Middle Ages. According to the legend, the devil requested an apple from a woman at Esslingen’s market. Instead of an apple, the cagey woman provided the devil with an onion. Once the devil tasted the “fake” apple, he screamed: “These are your apples! That’s ridiculous. This is an onion, a spicy onion. And that is why from now on you will be called ‘onions’ instead of ‘Esslinger.’”
According to the story, shortly after the incident, the devil left Esslingen and never returned.
For those who always wanted to taste Swabian onion cake, now is the time to do so during the fest.
Other than onion cake, hearty Swabian food, including “Kässpätzle” and meat dishes, as well as local wines and “Sekt,” or sparkling wines, will be offered.
The fest is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.