Annual Bitburg Beda Market attracts weekend shoppers

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Children of a local folk square dance group
perform a dance inside the Beda Haus cultural center during a past Beda
market event. Inside the Beda market, people can also find a book flea
market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff/Released)

Children of a local folk square dance group perform a dance inside the Beda Haus cultural center during a past Beda market event. Inside the Beda market, people can also find a book flea market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The annual Beda Market is just around the corner.

For the 35th time, the city of Bitburg will show off its businesses and cultural life to thousands of visitors from all over the Eifel area, Luxembourg and Belgium March 14-16.

The Beda Market is a community-wide event where townspeople and more than 150 local businesses present their products and services.

The market officially opens March 14 at 10:45 a.m. However, most activities kick off March 15 at 10 a.m. During the event, many booths and stores in the pedestrian area will remain open March 15 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and March 16 from 1 - 6 p.m.

People attending the market can see a variety of classic cars and farm equipment in front of the Beda Haus Cultural Center in the heart of the community and in the area behind the Coyote Café on Trierer Strasse.

Visitors can also expect to see handcrafts made by local artisans and enjoy traditional, local food items and beverages at the exhibition tent and vending booths. A small amusement park, sweets and entertainment will be available for children. A book market, predominantly offering German books, will be available at the Beda Haus Cultural Center.

Historical artifacts will also be on display inside tents and bank lobbies located around the Beda Haus.

A variety of homemade cakes, as well as regional food products, will be available at the Farmer's Hall throughout the event, located on Trierer Strasse.

It is recommended for people to park outside the center of the city and take the free shuttle bus. Signs for the shuttle service will be posted.