Taking center stage in markets across Berlin this month is the humble pumpkin, or winter squash if we want to be more precise. Otherwise hard to find the rest of the year, come autumn you will be overwhelmed with pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Think small green acorns, shapely butternuts, greenand yellow-mottled squash, knobby specimens which seem to have developed hunchbacks, and of course the large golden- orange variety perfect for carving your Halloween jack- o’- lantern. Taking place on 4 and 5 October is even a Kürbis (pumpkin) festival in Schöneberg’s Akazienstraße, with amazing displays of unusual and old-fashioned heirloom varieties that are also up for purchase. Anyone who can’t wait until the home cooking’s done can meander through the stands and sample delicious pumpkin soups, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin wine. The kids’ rides and activities are also a big hit.