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Spring & Easter Market at Vörösmarty Square

March 21, 2019 - April 23, 2019

Budapest captioned from colorful letters in front of the Gerbeaud cafeThe Budapest Spring Fair organized at Vörösmarty Square around Easter each year follows the tradition and success of the popular Christmas Fair.

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The historic plaza turns into a lovely spring garden for the month-long festival offering a rich variety of cultural programs:

  • concerts,
  • folk music and dance performances,
  • children programs,
  • art and craft workshops.

Vörösmarty square and the Gerbaud cafe illuminated at night

Details of the Spring Fair

Location: Budapest-Vörösmarty tér, district V.

Getting there: M1 underground/yellow line, Vörösmarty tér station, tram 2

Date & Time: 23. March – 22. April, 2018.

Admission: Free

Opening Hours 2018:

  • Craft Fair: Sun – Fri: 10.00 – 20.00, Sat: 10.00 – 21.00
  • Food & Drinks: Sun – Fri: 10.00 – 21.00, Sat: 10.00 – 22.00

blue folk dresses a a wooden stallBrowse among the wooden stalls and admire

  • the traditional handmade craft products, modern pieces by young designers,
  • artisan food products (honey, jam, paprika paste) by  selected by a jury,
  • eat tasty local dishes and street food (goulash, paprikash stew, stuffed cababge, roasted goose, sausages, cevap, burger, lángos, oven-baked flat bread and kürtöskalács/Sekler cake) and
  • sip delightful wines or craft beer (Keserű Méz/Bitter Honey by the Fóti Brewery, or a specila brew by the Zirc Abbey) on the wooden benches while basking in the spring sunshine
TIP: With a Budapest Card you will get a 5 – 10 % discount at art and craft vendors. The card also lets you use public transportation for free. Many other discounts, free services come with it.

open workshop of a potterYou can watch a real smith during work in his open workshop (it was well-liked feature of the Christmas fair too).

You can view other crafts in action during the “Open Workshop/Nyitott Műhely” events on weekends between 12.00 – 18.00.

Gastronomy, Wines, Craft Beer

The festival awaits visitors with diferent gastronomy and folk art/craft theme each week.

You can taste

  • typical Lenten meals,
  • lamb prepared in various ways,
  • egg and ham dishes
  • local wines and craft beers and of course pálinka (fruit distilate)

Folk Craft Shows

Interactive programs based on folk traditions allow visitors to get an insight into forgotten crafts:

  • felt making
  • beading
  • glass blowing
  • making jewelry, musical instruments or cheese

Homage to Franz Liszt

Over the last week the festival will pay homage to Franz Liszt, the main theme of the 2018 Spring Festival, introducing his favourite foods and drinks and playing his music.

Children Programs

Children can get to know various folk arts and crafts in the Craft Playhouse. They can also play in the sand box or on the lawn.

Concerts, puppet show and  theatre performances welcome the little ones on weekend mornings from 10.00 till 13.00.

Craft Workshop in the Playhouse

a bearded smith working in a smithy on Vörösmarty sqr.
The smith in action

Thursdays – Fridays- Saturdays -Sundays and on Easter Monday 02. April, at

  • 10.00 – 13.00 and
  • 14.00 – 18.00

Kids can participate in spring and Easter craft projects. They can make

  • little gifts for the sprinklers,
  • paint eggs with traditional techniques,
  • weave little baskets,
  • make postcards,
  • toys from textiles, paper,
  • learn the ins and outs of felt making (ball, bracelet, jewelry),
  • make hand-dipped candles,
  • prepare door and table decorations from natural materials

Pottery Show, Meeting of Potters – 15. April

The Pottery Show will be held for the 5th time. 15-20 masters of the craft will create items in various sizes from tiny pots to giant urns.

They will also let you in the secrets of traditional methods of decorating. Anyone can join and try their hands at pottery-making from noon till 18.00.

The pots then will be raku-fired. Well-known local chefs will prepare delicious dishes in the finished pots.

Programs

All programs are free. Concerts/performances on the central stage:

  • Fridays: in the afternoon: 17.00 – 20.00,
  • Saturdays – Sundays: performances for children starting at 10.00 and at 11.30, then concerts in the afternoon between 17.00 – 20.00

Thematic Gastro Weeks – Free Tasting on Wednesdays

The fair offers a real culinary treat to visitors. The cafe of the fair will prepare new food specialties each week.

On Wednesdays between 14.00 – 16.00 you can taste various delicacies for free in the cafe. (cheese, lemon lamb mini sausages etc.)

23 – 29. March – A taste of the V4 Nations’ Cuisine: tripe soup, dumplings (Knödel), pork knuckle cooked in beer

30. March, Good Friday – Lenten prunes, lenten stuffed cabbage Szabolcs style, csorba soup (piquant soup with vegetables and sour cream).

31. March – 02. April – Easter – Lamb over charcoal, rabbit paprikasch, salty milk laof, ham plate with salad

03 – 08. April – “Lamb week” – sausage, over charcoal

09 – 15. April – “Egg week” – smoked quail eggs preserved in oil, Stefánia meatloaf, cholent with egg

16 – 22. April – Franz Liszt week – highlighting the favourite foods and drinks of the famous composer.

Drinks:

  • Czech and Slovak beers,
  • Polish vodka cocktail,
  • Fruit and rose wines
  • Eggnog and punch
  • Hot chocolate

Featured Weekend Programs

  • 31. March – 02. April – Egg painting, -shoeing, -writing, making gingerbread, lace making
  • 07. April/Saturday – Jewelry Makers in the Focus: making jewelry from various materials.
  • 08. April/Sunday – Woodworking: creative workshops for both kids and adults.
  • 14. April/Saturday – “Playing with Fire”: Raku technique
  • 15. April/Sunday – Pottery Show, Meeting of Potters
  • 21. April/Saturday – Playing with various materials: textile, leather, felt making.

The Pannonia Folk Dance Ensemble will perform on the main stage at 10.00 and 12.00.

If you miss them you can attend a 1,5-hour folk dance show in Danube Palace. Dates in March 2018: 03., 10., 17., 24., 30., 31.

Dates in April: 01., 02., 07., 14., 21., 27., 28.

Food & Drink Prices

A great selection of food is available at the fair: local dishes, quality street food, traditional Easter dishes, pastries, craft beer, coffee from Arabica beans.

The rooster testicle stew is just as popular as it was at the Christmas fair.

  • Sekler cake/kürtöskalács (various coatings: sugar, cinnamon, walnut)  1 200 –  1500 HUF
  • Goulash soup: in bun 1 800  – 1 900 HUF, in bowl with bread: 1 550 HUF
  • “Csorba” soup: 1 990 HUF
  • stuffed cabbage: in bun with sour cream: 1 950 HUF
  • roasted goose thigh with braised red cabbage: 2 850 HUF
  • roasted leg of lamb with rosemary-seasoned polenta: 3 900 HUF
  • roast sausage: 1 800 – 1 900 HUF
  • A slice of Gerbeaud pastry (not in the Coffee House under the same name, but at one of the food pavilons) or linzer: 490 HUF.
  • Easter milk loaf (freshly baked): 750 HUF cc. 250 g
  • strudel: 600 HUF/piece
  • lángos (a round-shape dough deep-fried in oil to a golden color): plain: 700 HUF, with cheese: 800 HUF, with sour cream & cheese: 1 000 HUF.
  • craft beer: Fóti Keserű Méz, Fóti Pils (0,4 L): 0,3 L: 450 – 650 HUF, 0,5 L: 650 – 950 HUF
  • a glass of wine: 300 – 400 HUF/dl
  • a bottle of mineral water: 400 HUF
  • carbonated soft drinks: 500 HUF
  • lemonade: 1 000 HU/0,5 L
  • orange juice (freshly squeezed): 1 000 HUF/0,4 L
  • espresso: 450 HUF

Photos About the Fair

TIP: Browse or list of hotels closest to Vörösmarty Square – all located within walking distance.

Official website of the fair.

Attractions Nearby

panoramic view of the Chain Bridge and the Basilica from BudaMany of Budapest most popular attractions are located in close vicinity of the square letting you explore them on foot.

Do drop by the Gerbeaud Coffee House standing on the northern edge of the square for a cup of coffee, traditional Hungarian cake and a classic coffee house atmosphere.

You can reach the Danube Promenade, a scenic walkway between the Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge by walking along one of the streets starting at the western side of Vörösmarty tér.

Budapest’s largest church, St. Stephen’s Basilica on the sprawling plaza called Szent István tér is just a 10-minute stroll.

Related Programs & Activities:

Easter in the Castle Garden BazaarEaster Programs/TraditionsBudapest in MarchSpring FestivalApril Things To Do

Details

Start:
March 21, 2019
End:
April 23, 2019
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