The gourmet festival of Budapest is known as the Budai Gourmet Festival, which will let you try some of the very best gourmet Hungarian specialties, like Hungarian palinka (the signature fruit brandy of Hungarians), Hungarian wines of the noblest kinds, home made sausages, cheeses, fruit jams, pure acacia honey, cordials, and so on and so forth. The gourmet food festival is usually set sometime in early June, or late May.
Budai Gourmet Festival
There will be plenty of healthy foods, no need to worry about the stodgy dishes. Plus, if you are into football, you can enjoy the European Football Championship on big outdoor screens right at the festival in the landscaped gardens of Millenaris Park, the venue of the gourmet festival on the Buda side, in a nice relaxing picnic area.
You can try various Hungarian fish soups, and other traditional Hungarian meals and cakes of the best Budapest restaurants : e.g. the Michelin starred Costes Restaurant, WineKitchen Restaurant, Bock Bistro (Corinthia Grand Hotel), Restaurant 21 in the Buda Castle, Rosenstein Restaurant, Arany Kaviar (Russian Golden Caviar Restaurant), etc. In fact, there will be restaurants from all over Hungary, including Chateau Visz. You can also satisfy your cravings for desserts and sweet delicacies, e.g. one of the famous confectioneries of Budapest , Auguszt Confectionery of the Auguszt Family will showcase their wonderful cakes.
Budai Gourmet Festival is usually sometime in June, held at the contemporary cultural complex called Millenaris Park, and its big, slightly feng shui landscaped garden with dozens of tents and stalls by the artificial lake.
Events at the Budai Gourmet Festival
- Concerts of various genres (world music, roma music, jazz, folk, rock, pop)
- Culinary workshops on one of the gastro stages (while the other will entertain you with music): about spices, kitchen secrets, etc.
- Kids programmes to keep the little ones busy and happy too
- Gastronomy shows: latte making, salmon cleaning, etc.
- TV screenings of international sports events (World Cup, UEFA football matches typically)
Official website of Budai Gourmet Festival – Programmes here
The price of the entrance fee includes the (empty) tasting glass.
See some video footage of the Budai Gourmet Festival from last year (the language is Hungarian, but the images speak for themselves):