Well its got to be better than eating them!
When: 2nd Saturday in November.
Where: Richterswil, Switzerland.
Every year in the small village of Richterswil on Lake Zurich in Switzerland, there’s a very special celebration to mark the end of the harvest. The Rabechilbi festival is Europe’s largest turnip festival and celebrates the humble vegetable with a huge parade of elaborate floats decorated with illuminated turnips.
Paraders carry decorated turnips lit with candles and all the buildings along the parade route are lit up with intricately carved turnip lanterns. In all some 27 tons of turnips and 50,000 candles are used.
The festival is held on the 2nd Saturday in November, the hour-long parade begins at 6:30 p.m but there are stalls with food and drink earlier in the day and the turnips are generally lit from around 5:30pm when it gets dark.
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Food & Drink
The food is not generally turnip related but you can warm yourself with a glass of gluhwein and some and bratwurst.
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