It's not only an event; it's a feeling! The Southwestern Palatinate is famous for its wide variety of regional fruits and vegetables. A strong spirit of gastronomy permeates the region and gives life to the many excellent, unique and hospitable eateries.
Once a year, the tour operators of the Südliche Weinstrasse e.V. and the Südpfalz-Tourismus Landkreis Germersheim e.V. as well as the tourism office in Landau in der Pfalz organize the culinary competition "So schmeckt die Südpfalz" (So tastes the South Palatinate). The aim of this competition is to motivate restaurants to create extraordinary dishes and to promote regional and seasonal products. The event celebrated its premiere with tomatoes in summer 2015. In the following year, apples were the main ingredient of various modern menus around the region. In 2018, everything went around the topic "back to the roots" where cabbage and beets were the protagonists.
A panel of critics nominates the participants from all applicants. During the competition period, the participating restaurants are required to offer a three-course menu corresponding to the overall competition theme. Every menu will be assessed by the experts and guests who get to enjoy the food and rate it.
Four prizes will be awarded after the end of the competition period:
- the Jury Prize category restaurants
- the Jury Prize category guesthouses
- the Public's Favourite Prize
- the Geheimtipp (secret tip) Prize
Each participating guest takes part in a drawing and has the opportunity to win attractive prizes.