The Jewish Gastro Festival, this unique culinary event, usually takes place in November in Budapest. For 5 – 7 days, you can enjoy some typical Jewish foods, like the classic savoury matzah balls, or the yummy Flodni, the latter of which is not only on the sweet side of the spectrum, but is the queen of all cakes and pastries with its rich moist apple – walnut – poppy seed – plum jam pastry: definitely an exploding mixture and one of the best cakes you can taste in Budapest, Hungary.
Budapest Jewish Gastro Festival
In addition to the typical Jewish foods, there will be some more trendy dishes made in kosher style, e.g. bakery products, pizzas, etc. You can try the healthy breakfast and learn what an Israeli breakfast (Shakshuka) tastes like. Shakshuka is strikingly different from the Continental breakfast, the English breakfast or the US breakfast too, worth a try if you like fresh vegetables. Needless to say, in the cold November Budapest weather, you may find trying kosher palinka (distilled fruit brandy) or kosher wines a good companion. Maybe you can see how the six strand sweet Challah is made, and try this nice pastry, of course. The annual gastro festival programme always changes and the festival has been growing year by year.
In addition to the lots and lots of tastings, you can also enjoy live shows, concerts, and those who wish to come with kids to the Jewish Gastro Festival will appreciate that there are specifically children programmes accompanying the general events of the culinary fest.
You will get a wrist band for the Jewish Gastro Festival, which can be used at several shops, kosher stores, restaurants, entitling you to e.g. a free dessert, or a 5 – 30% discount. Usually there is no general entrance fee to the gastronomy festival, you only pay for the foods, drinks, cakes etc. you actually have.
When is the Jewish Gastro Festival in Budapest?
Every November (mid or late November generally)
Where is the Jewish Gastro Festival within Budapest?
In the city centre for short, more precisely in Kiraly street (Kiraly utca), Dob street (Dob utca), Gozsdu courtyard (Gozsdu udvar) and in lots of restaurants, cafes, confectioneries in the old Jewish Quarters of District 6 and District 7.
Start walking from Deak square to Kiraly street and keep on going, you will be at the Jewish Gastro Festival in a minute.
Related Budapest Jewish Cultural and Historical Tours:
- Jewish Heritage tours: 1.5 hour, 3 hour and 4 hour grand tours in Budapest, visiting the outstanding Jewish Heritage sites of the city
- Jewish Sightseeing Tours: 3 hour tour including the Great Synagogue in Dohany Street and the Jewish Museum
- Budapest Historical Revolution tour: 2.5 hour historical tour, including a visit to the Jewish Quarters of Budapest, and Hungary’s role in WW1 and WW2.
Tip: the Grand Synagogue in Dohany Street is closed on Saturdays, the Holocaust Memorial Centerin District IX. is closed on Mondays
Tip: the Jewish Quarter in Budapest also boasts most of the hip and trendy bars of Budapest, the so called ruin pubs. Walk along Kazinczy Street to bump into a dozen of the ruin bars, like Fogashaz, 400, etc.
Official website of the Jewish Gastro Festival, Budapest:
Basically it is the site of the organizers of the Jewish Gastronomy Festival and the rest of the cultural events: Judafest.org
Here is a user made video of the Budapest Jewish Gastro Festival: