|Harvest festival street display (All photos and text copyright to Eventful Woman, 2011)|
|Autumn wreath on doorway|
Erntedank starts on the 1st Sunday in October (for Catholics) and on the Sunday after Michaelmas (September 29th) for Protestants. Vegetables, fruit and other harvest offerings have been a feature in most churches, although everyone seems to get in on the act whether in their homes, businesses or shops.
|Harvest Festival display in Zell|
|Can you spot the Zeller Schwarze Katz?|
|New wine and onion cake|
Federweisser (new wine from the first pressing of the grapes) and zwiebelkuchen (spicy onion cake) are the big taste sensation of autumn and the harvest in Zell, and in other towns along the Mosel. I can see why zwiebelkuchen is a popular food for grape pickers. One bite of this tasty, nutritious, filling and savoury pancake/pizza, and I felt like I too could stride up the steep slopes of Zell's vineyards and pick grapes all day. (TH says 'yeah, right' to this.)
|Harvest setting in wine cellar|
Zell had its Federweissenfest (new wine festival) on the first weekend of October, with music and dancing in the streets, and special tastings at vineyards and wine cellars. Nearby Cochem will have theirs on the first weekend in November. Each festival has its own Wine Queen.
|Shop window (can you see the cat?)|
|The black cat has inspired a Halloween theme (in a wine shop)|
|Scarecrows are a popular icon of the harvest|
|The toadstools are so dangerous they have to put behind bars|
|Zebras? I guess everyone is entitled to their own ideas.|
All photos and text copyright to Eventful Woman, 2011
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