Frankfurt welcomes the return of the warm season tomorrow with it’s annual “Spring Dippemess” at the Festplatz (Fairground) on Ratsweg. This fair is the oldest and largest folk festival in the Rhein-Main region and will be in full swing this year from March 30th to April 22nd. Over 2.5 million visitors attend the fair each year and happens to be the first open-air festival after the end of winter. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the many highlights such as the huge fireworks display that opens and closes the event.
The Frankfurt “Dippemess” (Festival of Stoneware) can trace its beginning all the way back to the 14th century when it acted as a medieval market for domestic articles and was called the Maamess. It was a popular place for potters from neighboring regions to come and sell their ceramic pots and bowls which, in the Frankfurt dialect, were called “Dippe”. Over time, the words “Maamess” and “Dippe” were combined to create the “Dippemess” name that the fair uses to this day.
As the years went on, more fiarground booths would join the market and attractions were added to provide entertainment. By the 1950’s the Dippemess Fair had to relocate to the Frankfurt Festplatz on Ratsweg to accommodate the growing size since the city streets could no longer handle it. The new space allowed the festival to grow even more and today it is the largest fair in Frankfurt and the most popular Easter-time event in Germany.
Visitors can find a variety of regional foods and wine, especially Frankfurt’s specialty apple wine, and check out the latest high-tech rides including roller coasters and the more traditional carousels. If you find yourself in Frankfurt during the early spring season, heading over to the Spring Dippemess Fair is a sight to check out.