Crowds gathered in Dudelange on Saturday 9 September 2023 for the 20th edition of one of the largest medieval festivals in the Greater Region.
It was a hot, sunny day and the “Butschebuerger Buergfest” on Rue de la Chapelle drew visitors of all ages. There were over 90 merchants present, offering different wares such as medieval dresses, clothes and accessories, leather and silver jewellery, sheepskin rugs, drinking horns and staffs, but also beeswax products, lotions and potions (including incense). This year, there was even a stand for dog products and treats made of natural materials and ingredients (leather, etc.).
The food on offer was largely medieval-inspired, with traditional recipes and snacks such as poppy seed rolls, apple fritters and an autumnal mushroom stew or spaetzle, but also some more “modern” foods such as Luxembourgish sausages and churros. The drinks were similarly “medieval” with mead and cherry beer on the menu, among others, served in wooden taverns.
Groups of friends, couples, families with children and dogs explored the grounds of the hay-covered street and enjoyed a journey through time around musicians, entertainers and even camping groups clad in authentic medieval garments.
Activities for children were available – from wooden carousels and games to a fighting area for little knights and warriors, a basket-weaving workshop and more. A fire show was set for the evening, which ended at midnight.