CulturallyOurs Weimar Germany Onion Pie And Onion Festival

Weimar Onion Festival In Germany And Onion Pie Recipe

CulturallyOurs Weimar Germany Onion Pie And Onion Festival

One of the best ways to experience a place and a culture is to immerse yourself in the local community and people. Visiting a local festival, especially one that is known as the one of the oldest folk festivals in Europe is certainly a great way to get a history lesson, meet the locals and get ingrained in the local culture. Known as The Onion Festival this unique event takes place in Weimar Germany and Paula Saalfeld, a Weimar local, takes us along as she explores this festival which is an onion lovers delight.CulturallyOurs Weimar Germany Onion Festival One Of The Oldest Folk Festival In GermanyFrom Paula,

I moved to Weimar exactly three years ago. In addition to gorgeous nature and outdoor spaces in Weimar, there is a lot of culture and history, which creates a very unique charm to this town in central Germany. One of these beautiful traditions is the onion market – Zwiebelmarkt – as it is know to the locals. 
The Onion festival is held every year on the second weekend of October, from 7th to 9th October. This year the festival celebrated its 366th year and can therefore be classified as one of the oldest folk festivals in Germany and the region. The event was first introduced in 1653, when the inhabitants of Weimar stocked their onions and vegetables for the winter. Talk about seasonal adaptations – something that we humans have been doing for centuries on end.

History Of Weimar’s Onion Festival

From the 19th century the onion festival in Weimar became increasingly popular. Onion markets were soon established in other towns, but most traders and buyers streamed to Weimar from all over central Germany to buy onions as well as other herbs and vegetables. In addition to the market activity, social contacts were of course also important. People met not only for trade but also for connecting and enjoying time together.CulturallyOurs Weimar Germany Onion Festival Oldest Folk Festival In GermanyIn the lodgings of the onion merchants, which were guesthouses as well as private homes, people happily joined together, ate and drank and told each other stories.

Nowadays, in addition to the numerous stands that stretch all over the city centre, there is also a large stage show and more than 300,000 visitors from all over Germany who visit to enjoy the market. Tourists and tourism is a huge boost to the local economy of Weimar during the onion festival.CulturallyOurs Weimar Germany Onion Festival One Of The Oldest Folk Festival In GermanyThe onion braid is typical for this event and is available for sale at countless stands. It is often made in two colors and also uses garlic in the braids. But each year, the traders are getting more and more creative with the different dried flowers, herbs and decorations that they add to it. Many of the stalls are highly decorated with garlands of onions and some of the vegetables are even made into little dolls. What is still commonly used today as a decoration was intended to keep diseases away from both the houses and the stalls.

Weimar’s Famous Onion Pie Recipe

A major reason why many people come to the market is also the festival’s famous onion pie. It is a perfect dish for a cozy autumn day and is traditionally served with wine.CulturallyOurs Weimar Germany Onion Festival Vegan Onion Pie Recipe I am sharing a vegan version of Weimar’s onion pie with onions bought at the onion festival. A lot of onions to go around for sure! Trust me, it is really incredibly delicious.


  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 10 g fresh yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 120 ml lukewarm water
  • 100 g smoked tofu
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 500 g onions
  • 1/2 stick leek
  • 400 g silk tofu
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • nutmeg
  • nutritional yeast and Kala Namak (Indian black salt which is actually pink) – optional


  1. Start preparing the yeast dough. Put the flour into a bowl, crumble the yeast into the warm water until it dissolves and mix it with the flour, oil and a pinch of salt.
  2. Then knead all the ingredients with your hands.
  3. Cover the yeast dough and let it rise in the bowl in a warm place for about an hour.
  4. Cut the smoked tofu into small cubes and place in a small bowl in soy sauce for at least one hour before frying in a pan with a little oil.
  5. Dice all the onions and cut the leek into fine rings. Fry both briefly in a large pan.
  6. Place the silk tofu in a bowl or blender. Add the cornstarch and a good amount of salt, pepper and nutmeg (and optionally a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast and a pinch of Kala Namak).
  7. Mix the mixture with the blender for a few seconds. It should be well spicy, if in doubt add a little more seasoning.
  8. Stir the fried tofu cubes and the steamed onions and leek into the mixture.
  9. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Now take your yeast dough, roll it out in a circle, put it in a greased springform pan and leave a rim about two centimetres high on all sides.
  10. Fill in the onion mixture evenly and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.

CulturallyOurs Weimar Germany Onion Festival Vegan Onion Pie RecipeThank you so much Paula for sharing this delicious vegan onion pie recipe and for taking us along with you to one of the oldest folk festivals in Germany. We can only imagine what the atmosphere and the vibe of the festival must have been like and those onion braid dolls are the cutest thing ever.

Join as we go along with Paula to explore Weimar’s Onion Festival.

Check out this video from Paula on how to make the savory onion pie.

Are there any unique festivals where you are based?

{Words and photos by Paula Saalfeld, Instagram: @plantifultaste }

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