It’s an annual occasion when neighbours socialise with each other, over cake, coffee and second-hand items…having a similar vibe to our British street parties. It’s a pleasant, friendly atmosphere with different generations chatting, selling and shopping. Most people don’t make a lot of money, it’s more a social event and a great opportunity to meet locals as well as see lots of apartment courtyards - usually not accessible to non-residents.
Approx 250 apartment buildings across Schwabing register (a huge growth from the 33 that registered for 2000’s first event) and you can tell who is participating from the balloons hung outside.
Curiosity raised, we noticed that it was for a local agricultural event so headed into the building behind the band. There was a random assortment of stands…we saw baby animals - including hatching chicks:
The Queen of Asparagus! (such an honour, I’m sure)
And also learnt how white asparagus is grown…essentially a bin bag is laid over the ground stopping the (green) asparagus from getting light and growing above the ground so it gets fatter, harder and doesn’t turn green. A very educational afternoon! Fortunately I could 'understand' the German explanation as Mama Bear and I had already researched this after eating yummy white asparagus over Easter...