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Mangalica Festival Budapest

February 6 - February 8

The Mangalica Festival between 06 – 08. February, 2015. launches the series of gastro festivals held yearly in Budapest. The festival’s locale is Szabadság tér near the Parliament in the city centre, easily aacessible by tram or metro.

Since we love mangalica meat and sausage we drop by the festival each year to taste and stock up on mangalica goodies and usually stick by to listen to some of the concerts if it is not too cold (some hot wine or a shot of pálinka helps to endure the chilly February weather).

Video on the Mangalica Festival Budapest

Photos About the Mangalica Festival

Basic Information About the Mangalica Festival

Location: Szabadság tér (Parliament Neighbourhood), district V., M2 metro Kossuth tér station, M3 metro Arany János utca station , tram 2 Kossuth L. tér stop (5-minute walk from each station)

Date: 06 February – 08. February 2015.
Opening hours:

Admission: free, tasting of mangalica products at the exhibitor stalls is usually free.

Hotel TIP: The Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest is a chic, luxury boutique hotel right at Szabadság Square – a great choice you want to be close to the festival and right in the heart of the city.

Programs, Exhibitors

The first mangalica festival took place in 2007 to promote mangalica products and to provide a platform for raisers of the breed. Since then the festival has become one of the largest gastro events in Budapest that both locals and tourists look forward to each February.

Besides the more than 100 exhibitors (mangalica meat producers, artisan cheese, honey, chocolate, bread, wine and pálinka makers), the festival offers a wide range of programs for all members of the family.

Cooking contest-Mangalica Festival Budapest

Making Mulled Wine in Bogracs

Mangalica Pörkölt is Cooking
Making Mulled Wine

There’ll be a cooking competition on Saturday, 8th February where meals have to be made from mangalica products.

Folk Concert


Folk music and children’s programs during the day, light music concerts in the evening starting at 19.00.

Sausages and Pork Chops are Frying

Festival visitors on Szabadsag Square

The spacious Szabadság tér park is ideal for such a popular festival

About the Mangalica Pig Breed

Mangalica (also known as curly-hair hog) is a unique pig breed indigenous to Hungary. Historic records first mention it in 1791. The breed is a result of the cross-breeding of Bánsági Sumádia and Szalonati, Bakonyi pigs.

Red Mangalica Pig

Due to its undemanding nature, quick reproduction and fast fattening, Mangalica became very popular among Hungarian farmers in the 19th century. Mangalica piglets are striped, while the grown pig has curly dark, red or blonde fur.

Black Mangalica Pig

Mangalica is a “lard-type” pig with flavorful, marbled meat. Its meat and the products made from it (sausages, salami, ham, bacon) are not only tastier but also slightly healthier than that of ordinary pigs.

It’s because mangalica fat has better ratio of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids (unsaturated fatty acids are healthier, they don’t increase the level of blood cholesterol). Mangalica fat (and meat) tastes richer. The fat also melts at lower temperature due to the unsaturated fatty acid content.

Smoked ham

Since the 1950-ies mangalica had lost its popularity because it’d been replaced by “meat-type” swine breeds producing leaner meat.

In recent years the fame of mangalica and mangalica products has been resurrected thanks to events like the Mangalica Festival. This unique Hungarian pork meat is sought after even in the US.

Visit the event over the second weekend of February 2015. to taste and buy some mangalica and enjoy the programs in the heart of Budapest!

Mangalica sausages and salamis

 

Photos – Mangalica Festival Budapest

 

Szabadsag Square in snow

Salamis

a wide choice of  mangalica products

Related:

Hungarian Food Specialties – paprika, Pick salami, túró rudi, szaloncukor and many more.

Hungarian Paprika – history and facts about the famous local spice.

Hungarian Dishes – what dishes are favored by Hungarians?

Hungarian Restaurants – places to sample good Hungarian food.

Budapest Events Programs in February

Details

Start:
February 6
End:
February 8
Website:
http://www.mangalicafesztival.hu/

Venue

Szabadság Square
Szabadság tér V. kerület, Budapest,