One of the best ways to experience a new place is through its food. Budapest is a great foodie destination with many gastro-themed events throughout the year. There is a feast fit for every palate ranging from sausage festivals to foie gras celebrations. We've handpicked the most mouthwatering annual food festivals held in Budapest.
Where: Szabadság tér
Dedicated to Mangalica pork, a special Hungarian breed, this culinary festival is all about tasty sausages, salamis and cured hams. The festival's mission is to spread awareness of the high quality and flavorful mangalica meat, that came close to extinction a few decades ago. The Mangalica Festival is one of the first food festivals of the year and it's a great place to try some Hungarian delicacies.
Budai Gourmet is a celebration of fine food. It showcases Budapest and Hungary as a world-class gastronomic destination through high-quality cuisine. Hungary's top restaurants participate in a 3-day-long culinary extravaganza presenting the finest of Hungarian gastronomy. Budai Gourmet is for serious foodies.
Where: Erzsébet tér
Pan-fried or seared foie gras, pate and other goose specialties are the highlights of Budapest's annual Foie Gras Festival. Foie gras (goose liver) is a delicacy you simply must experience. The festival offers culinary workshops, competitions, and traditional goose dishes.
This culinary event celebrates all things sweet - cookies, cakes, honey, various syrups, fine wines and sweet drinks accompany the wide selection of chocolates, truffles, candies and bonbons. With only a few celebrations under its belt, 'Sweet Days' is a relatively new festival that manages to draw a serious crowd each year. It's for chocolate lovers of all ages.
Where: Buda Castle
This is one of the most unique culinary festivals held in the city. It celebrates two famous Hungarian staples that go well together: fruit brandy and sausages. The Budapest Pálinka and Sausage Festival is a must try for lovers of Hungarian gastronomy. Held annually in October, the festival features a number of local distillers, live entertainment and all the sausage you can eat.
Where: Buda Castle
While this is not a food festival, the Budapest International Wine Festival is filled with delicious eats and great wine. It's one of the most prestigious wine events in the country, attracting tens of thousands of visitors during the week-long celebrations. Hungary's best vintages, award winning wine-makers, live music and folk dancers attract wine lovers from all over the world.
No food festival when in town? Visit the Great Market Hall, the Farmers Market at Szimpla Kert, one of the award winning restaurants, or sign up for a Hungarian cooking class or a Culinary Walking Tour.
Photos by Zizi from the 2014 Budai Gourmet Festival