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      Food & Drink

      "Das beste Esse’ gibt’s beim Hesse!"

      From local specialties to international cuisines, wineries to cocktail bars, and rustic taverns to Michelin-starred restaurants, "the best food's in Hessen"!

      Hessen's regional food and drink is as varied as it is delicious.

      From simple, hearty dishes to fine dining tasting menus, and meat-heavy plates to vegan bites, you'll find food and drink here to suit every taste and budget. Visit Hessen's vibrant cities for international fare such as Indian curries and Turkish kebabs, Lebenese falafel. Order everything from Brazilian meat platters to French-Japanese pâtisserie. You'll find delicious regional specialties all over the state, from fresh herb green sauce and air-dried pork sausages to bread topped with oozing melted cheese.

      The locals are proud of their local specialties and fresh regional produce, and well known for their warm hospitality. There are wineries to visit and farmers markets to explore, not to mention all manner of culinary festivals taking place year round. You only need visit a summer wine festival or share a table in a Frankfurt apple wine tavern to see that Hessians know how to have a good time.

      Sample world-class Rieslings at the Rheingau Wine Festival in Wiesbaden, try classic potato specialties during the Odenwald's potato festival, or head to Frankfurt for the city's annual celebrations of its much-loved apple wine. But don't take our word for how good the food is here - come and try Hessen's food and drink for yourself!

      Hessen's Farmers Markets

      Visiting Hessen's farmers markets is a great way to explore its regional culinary offerings and experience life like a local.

      Sausage Heaven

      The “Ahle Wurscht” sausage is a North Hessian institution. But if you want to do it properly, you’ll need more than just …

      Apples Galore

      Apples are a regional cultural heritage in the Odenwald. Conservationists, fruit growers, farmers, restaurant owners and members of the public are committed to working together to ensure it stays …

      Red Riesling

      Germany’s smallest wine-growing region is the largest when it comes to Red Riesling. Red Riesling? You may think it’s a recent invention of resourceful advertising executives, but it’s actually a …

      Green Belt, Green Fingers

      Frankfurt – a city of banks, skyscrapers and glass buildings. Or is it? Many people don’t know that the city is surrounded by a green belt of fields, orchards and natural landscapes. It’s a real …

      Wine Hikes and Religious Sites

      Monasteries, wine and walking – you can find this holy trinity between Rüdesheim and Eberbach Abbey. The Rhine is ever-present, and so is Wolfgang Blum, a real expert when it comes to wine and …