Considered to be one of the youngest wine-growing regions in the country, the Etyek wine region is located 30km west of Budapest. The small village of Etyek has approximately 3,500 residents and the village's only main street is closed down during the 2-day event. Many small, family owned wineries participate in the festivities, which also includes live performances and a number of children's programs.
At the Etyek Cellar Festival visitors can sample traditional Hungarian dishes, like home-made sausages, lángos, a special fry bread, cheese and jam specialities along with different types of pálinka, a fruit brandy unique to Hungary. In addition to the local varieties, wineries from Tokaj, Szekszárd, Villány, Eger and Badacsony will be there to showcase their wines.
Getting to Etyek:
Direct bus service is available from Budapest, Kelenföldi Pályaudvar to Etyek. If you decide to drive, parking is available just outside of Etyek and mini buses transfer visitors to the village.
Editor's Note: The last Cellar Festival, the 10th in a row, was held in 2012. As of 2013, Etyek introduces a new program series called Etyek Picnic (Etyeki Piknik). This quarterly event promises to be a lot of fun, a food, wine and cultural festival all in one.
Etyek Picnics sheduled for 2013: