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Mangalica Festival Budapest

February 10 - February 12

whole suckling pig roasted over open fireThe Mangalica Festival on 10 – 12. February, 2017. 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).

This year pálinka makers will be the special guests of the festival. You can find the best pálinka makers of Hungary in the Pálinka Udvar (Pálinka Court).

Note: Pálinka is a popular Hungarian strong alcoholic drink with around 40-50 % alcohol content.

It’s a fruit distillate made from a a variety of local fruits: apricot, plum, pear, cherry, apple etc. special flavours (elderflower, quince) or spiced versions are also available.

Video on the Mangalica Festival Budapest

Photos About the Mangalica Festival

Basic Information About the 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: 10 – 12. February 2017., Friday-Sunday

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 if 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:

  • Light music concerts in the afternoon
  • Gastro shows
  • Craft fair
  • Animal petting area: where you can see mangalica pigs: 3 from the three types: red, blonde and swallow-bellied.

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

You can taste freshly made meals made from this unique pig breed:

  • roast meat,
  • sausage,
  • ham,
  • streed food specialties prepared in food trucks.

In the Pálinka Udvar you can warm up with a shot of fruit distilate called pálinka in Hungary.

Detailed Program (from 2016, 2017 program will announced later)

February  – Friday11.00-15.00 – Bara Ensemble – Authentic Folk Music

15.00-18.00 – Little Wing – Rock music ideal for partying, dancing

18.00-21.00 – Peet Project – Pop, Funk, Jazz

February  –  Saturday

10.00-11.00 – Opening ceremony, awards

11.00-15.00 – Bara Ensemble – Authentic Folk Music

15.00-16.00 – Cooking competition results and awards, Péter Aranyosi stand-up comedy

16.00-18.00 – Peter & Pan –  Accoustic Guitar Duo

18.00-21.00 – Pumpkins Trio – Rock & Roll

February  – Sunday 10.00-15.00 – Bara Ensemble – Authentic Folk Music

15.00-18.00 – Cimbaliband – Multicultural Folk Music

Cooking contest-Mangalica Festival Budapest

Making Mulled Wine in Bogracs

Mangalica Pörkölt is Cooking
Making Mulled Wine

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 Szalontai, 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 around the second weekend of February 2017. 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


a wide choice of mangalica products


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.

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Szabadság Square
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