Dornbirn’s city center was transformed into a festival area last weekend. The market square, the parish and culture house park as well as the Mohren Brewery were part of the area. The weather, which was still rainy at the beginning, quickly loosened up and the first rays of sunshine attracted more and more interested people to the city center. The visitors strolled through the various sales booths, took part in the children’s program and listened to the pitch presentations as well as the music. On the festival stage, which was set up directly on the market square, musician Mike Live thrilled the audience with his vocals. Also the beats of DJay Rome and DJ Eli Eli invited to stay and created a good mood. Right next to it, a green Mohrenbräu truck was ready with refreshing drinks. “Regional, tradition-conscious, high-quality: for almost 260 years, we at Mohrenbrauerei have been providing beer enjoyment from Vorarlberg for Vorarlberg with heart and soul and a love of innovation. We are therefore proud to be able to contribute our share to a beautiful togetherness at this year’s NEUE Garden Festival in Dornbirn.the management of the Mohrenbrauerei.
Exhibitor zone. In addition to the weekly market integrated into the festival, there were several other stands in the Pfarrpark. Starting with exhibitors with various rust and concrete decorative items, seedlings, natural cosmetics, spices to various types of grills, there was something for everyone. At one stand, hidden behind many seedlings, was among others gardener Gunnar Domig from Sunnahof of Lebenshilfe Vorarlberg in Göfis. In addition to seedlings and balcony flowers, they also sold homemade insect houses, wooden crates or, for example, food. Directly opposite, Ulrike Heckelmüller Kremm of “Schönes aus Beton” offered bowls, pendants, flowers and much more made of concrete. Another stallholder, Armin Ender of Anjas Gewürzeshop, also said, “Everything is very well organized, the weather fits, and there are some people there.”
Varied program. Apart from the various market stalls, the NEUE Garden Festival program offered much more. Among other things, illustrator Monika Hehle whisked listeners away to a fairy tale world with her stories in the Kulturhaus Park. The park is also home to the public garden of the “Edible City of Dornbirn”. Lucia Emerich-Rüdisser gave a pitch presentation on the stage. The vision is to gradually create many edible areas in the city. Herb educator Katharina Moosbrugger also gave a talk and then led enthusiasts on a herb hike through the city.
Second day of the festival. The second day of the festival was dedicated to the family. Various lectures were designed to introduce children to topics such as nature, gardening and sustainability in a playful way. Clown “Pompo” also provided entertainment for young and old. For adults, the Mohren Brewery also offered a brewing workshop on Sunday, followed by a tasting of the different types of beer. In addition to the Mohren Brewery and of course NEUE, Illwerke vkw was also the main sponsor. The garden festival was also supported by Stadtmarketing Dornbirn. “Topics such as sustainability, regionality and one’s own garden have gained in importance due to the pandemic. We are convinced that the garden festival represents added value in this respect,” as the managing director Herbert Kaufmann notes.
The NEUE would like to thank all visitors, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers!