29 Sep 2015


Each year at the same time a pumpkin festival is organized by a local farmer on his grounds and fields. It is always very cheerful and for all ages. The weather was also beautiful and warm.

The back of the farm house

A part of the garden

and very original decorations all around

There were baskets for sale, but also all kind of food made out of pumpkins ! Besides the classical pumpkin soup, there were jellies and jams, cakes, cheese and even pumpkin chips ! I never thought that you could do such a lot of sweet or salty plates with pumpkins !

a huge basket around a tree

and all varieties of pumpkins !

These presentations were created for the very huge animal park Pairi Daiza, which houses for the moment two pandas and white tigers. The pumpkins will decorate the park entrance and later they are fed to elephants. Apparently they love them.

People choose their pumpkins

Charlie was delighted about the smell of the straw

The farmer had loaded kids on his tractor and drove them around the fields.

We should have done that too !

Nicole digged out her childhood skills, Charlie wasn't very interested

He preferred to go through tunnels and sniff at the pumpkins.

Before we returned home we tried out some of the pumpkin specialities but didn't buy anything.

more participants here


Indrani said...

Whoa! Amazing varieties of pumpkins!
Terrific captures!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - what a lovely place .. I love their display of the multi shapes and multi colours of pumpkins. Pumpkins were big in South Africa ... but certainly weren't that popular in the 1970s in the UK - that I'm aware of! Seems like a good day ... with lovely weather .. cheers Hilary

Klara said...

mmmmmmm, pumpkins.... yummy, yummy... what a nice festival of colors, shapes, and I am sure of scents.

Andrew said...

Who would have thought there could be so many different pumpkins. My partner's father visited us in Australia and he would not eat pumpkin, saying it was only food for pigs.

NC Sue said...

The gourds are wonderful!!!
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Fun60 said...

They have arranged the pumpkins so decoratively. It's a feast of colour.

Loree said...

What fun. It's like a harvest festival. I wish we had something like that over here.

Reader Wil said...

Great fun to see this wonderful display of pumpkins in all colours and shapes! Thanks for sharing this pleasant event!
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

You have me wanting to go check out the pumpkin patches around town. I rarely buy pumpkins. Simply take photos of them. I love their bright colors.
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Anonymous said...

Beautiful scenery and great color variety! It's always nice to see Charlie having a good time.

Gracie said...

How many shades of orange, yellow and green....such a feast for the eye

Anonymous said...

Oh, what fun! I love pumpkins.

Hannah said...

The pumpkin festival looks like a lot of fun, Gattina, such a variety of pumpkins and squashes! I wouldn't have imagined that elephants would love squash. I like to make pumpkin soup.

Sandra Carlier said...

Sounds a nice event ! I would to be there with you, Nicole and Charlie !

Powell River Books said...

Those are beautiful baskets. And so many different kinds of pumpkins, squash and gourds. - Margy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful Fall festival. Pumpkin pie more the thing here than soup .... But I bet pumpkin soup would be wonderful and healthier too!