As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, this whole autumn thing is really new to Jase and I. And we are thoroughly enjoying it. The landscapes seem to change on a daily basis. Leaves changing from green to yellow to orange. So when we heard about the Jucker Farm Pumpkin Festival we were very curious to check it out. Who knew pumpkin festivals were even a thing? Not us.
Jucker Farm has three ‘experience yard’ locations where they hold seasonal events, grow and sell produce and serve up farm to table meals. I’d love to go back next May with our niece and nephew who will be visiting and do the two apple tree mazes. Made up of thousands of apple trees you are given a treasure map and have to find the golden apple… they even invite you to go barefoot and discover the different soils without shoes… well that just sounds like fun to me!
Things to do at the Jucker Farm Pumpkin Festival
Sitting pretty on the edge of Lake Pfäffiker, Juckerhof is where we chose to visit the pumpkins. You can also see them at Jucker Farm’s Bächlihof location. This year it is running from the 1st of September to the 5th of November. So what exactly do you do at a pumpkin festival? The pumpkin festival has three main activities:
- Marvelling at the pumpkin sculptures: Created by German artist Pit Ruge the sculptures are made up of wooden and straw frameworks, which are decorated with an array of colourful pumpkins. The pumpkin bunny was my favourite!
- Eating scrumptious pumpkin creations: Of course there is pumpkin soup topped with pumpkin seeds and served with a side of pumpkin oil drizzled bread. But you’ll also find pumpkin bratwurst, pumpkin macaroni, pumpkin brownies and pumpkin cakes among other things. Don’t eat before you go.
- Stocking up on your pumpkin supply: We didn’t know how much we didn’t know about pumpkins until we went to this festival. But there seemed to be hundreds of different types. Some perfect for decorating (yes that is also something new to us – decorating your house with pumpkins) and others for cooking, baking or roasting.
Slow Travel Tips for a relaxed day at the Jucker Farm Pumpkin Festival
- It’s rare to find anywhere open in Switzerland on a Sunday but Jucker Farm is! Yay! So plan to go on Sunday if you are busy on Saturday.
- Parking can be hard to find, so if parking stresses you out catch the train to Aathal station and then walk 15 minutes or get a bus to the farm. The trip takes about 45 minutes from Zurich.
- There is no entry fee and you can pay for everything using eftpos so don’t stress about having cash on you. Unless you want to do the apple maze too (you buy tickets with coins from a little machine).
- Arrive in time for lunch and eat your little pumpkin heart out. There are lots of picnic tables over looking the lake or plenty of cosy indoor seating if it’s a cold day.
- Stroll around the pumpkin market and pick your favourite to take home with you. My favourite was a little white pumpkin called the ‘Baby Boo’… just too cute.
- Check out the Jucker Farm Shop where you can buy all sorts of produce and products from the farm. Jase was very excited to find beer brewed by the farm here (have I mentioned he’s slightly obsessed with craft beer yet?).
- Get a photo with your favourite pumpkin sculpture. Or if you can’t decide like me just get a photo with all of them!
If you want to find out more about Jucker Farm and their pumpkin festival they have plenty of information on their website.
After autumn is done, we will have seen every season for the first time in Switzerland. Sounds weird but I feel like we have had our training wheels on each time a new season starts. We are learning more about the weather, the activities, the places to go and the places that disappear or appear out of thin air to cater for a specific season. We are pretty excited to give it all a second go…
Have you ever been to a pumpkin festival? I’d love to hear about it below!
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