To find the juiciest fruits in July, all visitors of Alsace have to do is walk out the door. A quiet drive through the region’s green countryside will take visitors past local cherry orchards, which are marked by signs advertising their “cerises.” Visitors who keep their eyes open will even spot wild trees along the road with cherries that are ripe—and free—for the taking.
Of course, hungry hikers often beat everyone else to the low branches. Ambitious fruit-hunters may take that as a challenge, toting ladders or wading through golden grasses on foot until they find the most remote spots for their harvest. But those who are looking for a calm afternoon would do well to find a local farm and pay a small price to fill up a basket.
After a day of fruit picking (if any cherries are still left over!), one of the best ways to enjoy the fresh produce is to make a simple pie. Easier still is to serve the red beauties with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.
Upcoming Cherry Festivals in Alsace
Sickert, July 3, 2016
On Sunday, July 3rd, join two hundred other runners for a hilly 9.2km jog through the Doller valley, about 35km west of Mulhouse. Afterwards, feast on Sickert’s specialty—guinea fowl served with cherry sauce. And don’t miss the excitement at the end of the day. You just might beat the locals in the pit-spitting contest.
Where: 68290 Sickert
Cost: 15 euros for the meal. Call 03 89 38 85 74 to make the required reservation.
Run: Visit the website or call 06 81 43 75 56 for more information.
Thannenkirch, July 9 – 10 2016
This two-day festival takes place in the green mountains of German-speaking Thannenkirch and features a wide variety of free events, from an open-air dance to musical entertainment to a market of locally crafted products. Farmers will be showcasing the best and freshest flavours they have to offer, so come with an appetite.
Location: 15a Lieu-dit Rotzel, 68590 Thannenkirch
For more information, email jean-pierre.schramm [at] wanadoo.fr or call 06 13 02 64 98
Cost: free to attend
Editors note: While you’re in Alsace, take a tour of the gorgeous vineyards.