Gourmet Festival in Buda
May 18 - May 21
Good to Know Information About the Gourmet Festival
Date: 18 – 21. May 2017., Thursday-Sunday
Opening Hours: 12. May/Thursday: 17.00 – 23.00, 13-15. May/Frid-Sat-Sun: 12.00 – 23.00
Venue: Millenáris Park, Buda, trams 4, 6, M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér stop – cc. 5 minute walk from there.
Entrance fee: daily ticket: 3 900 HUF/day, 5-day pass: 7 900 HUF: includes
- a Spiegelau wine glass,
- a cup of Nespresso coffee (only for the first 500 visitors/day),
- an Electrolux street food bite,
- a sample of BalatonBor wine,
- a sample of Fuxli wine,
- a sample of Garamvári Brut sparkling wine,
- a Jamie gastro magazine.
Payment at the Festival: You can pay for food, drinks, products with the Festipay Electronic card, cash is not accepted by any retailer.
You can get your card and add a certain balance (minimum is 2 000 HUF) at any of the Card Top-Up points located in the venue.
You can use cash or credit card (in case of the latter an additional 100 HUF fee is charged).
A 500 HUF deposit will also be charged which you’ll get back upon returning the card at the end of the festival.
You can top-up the card and check the balance on it any time during the festival. You can get the remaining balance back in cash during the opening hours of the Gourmet Festival.
The Gourmet Festival in Buda has become unanimous with the best of Hungarian gastronomy.
You can also hear first-hand the Hungarian team’s experience about the Bocuse d’or European Selection that took place on 10-11 May.
You’ll also have the chance to taste the special gourmet menu prepared by chefs of 5 Hungarian Michelin-star restaurants:
- Eszter Palágyi from Costes: Crayfish, watercress, cucumber.
- Olivér Heiszler from Tanti: Arctic char, radish variation (pickled icicle radish, spring radish, fermented radish with Miso), pear cream, yellow beetroot.
- Tiago Sabarigo from Costes Downtown: Caramelized foie gras terrine, sweet potato, blackberry vinaigrette, kumquat.
- Ákos Sárközi from Borkonyha: Venison with juniper and thyme, creamed spinach, banana cake, dried fruits, white balsamic vinegar, fried potato chips.
- Szabina Szulló from Onyx: Somlói reinvented: vanilla cream, chocolate sponge cake, walnut cream, whipped cream, sprinkled with crunchy walnut crumbs.
Besides famous Hungarian and international wine producers, artisan cheese makers, gourmet food shops, cafes and restaurants will also offer their delicacies in Millenáris Park for four days in May.
The festival is an excellent opportunity to to taste the finest local food Budapest and other parts of Hungary can offer.
You can meet and chat the best Hungarian chefs and try the food of the best restaurants at one place.
This year game and fish dishes will be in the limelight, prepared in both traditional and modern ways.
Good food is even better washed down with great wines and you’ll have no shortage of fruity roses, fresh whites or heavier reds on the Gourmet Festival.
But if you fancy a mug of chilled beer no problem, look far the pavilion of the Reketye Sörfőzde (owner of the Jónás Craft Beer House in the Whale Shopping & Entertainment Centre), or the Etyeki Sörmanufaktúra, both are new craft breweries in Hungary with some awesome quality brews.
- Award-winning restaurants (Borkonyha, a Michelin star awardee, Costes, Costes Downtown-the newest Michelin-star restaurant of Budapest, Chateau Visz, Rosinante),
- confectioneries, (Pataki, Zazzi, Auguszt, Desszert.Neked, Gerbeaud),
- artisan ice cream makers,
- wineries as well as
- gourmet shops and
- cheese specialists (Stelázsi, Sarki Fűszeres, Szega Camembert, Etyek Sonkamester) offer exquisite culinary experience during the 4-day festival.
Who’ll be Present?
The list is not complete only includes the must-try places.
Restaurants, Gourmet Shops & Cafes – Game & Fish Dishes in the Focus
- Babel – a fine dining place near Március 15. Sqr, in Piarista köz, their aim is a Michelin star and they are certainly not far from getting one.
- Baricska Csárda from Balatonfüred, Lake Balaton: Hungarian cuisine and wines
- Anyukám mondta – mum’s cooking on a higher level, one of the best restaurants in Hungary located in a small village Encs in north Hungary, fresh, quality ingredients, homemade goodies, simple flavours.
- Bock Bistro – a first-class wine restaurant on Erzsébet krt., within the Corinthia Budapest Luxury Hotel.
- ÉS Bistro – another great hotel restaurant with laid-back atmosphere and Austro-Hungarian dishes, grilled specialties (Kempinski Hotel Corvinus).
- És Deli: a New-York-style deli also in Kempinski: gourmet coffee and pastries, sandwiches, freshly pressed juices – an excellent breakfast place in the city centre.
- Salon – and a third hotel restaurant, this one is from the Boscolo Budapest New York Palace, traditional local dishes prepared in inventive way and served creatively.
- Zona – a gourmet restaurant with wonderful view in Buda, at the foot of the Castle Hill, wide selection (200 bottles) of Hungarian wines. Contemporary Hungarian bistro cuisine with Basque and Asian inspirations.
- The five Michelin-star places will be present too: BorKonyha, Costes, Tanti, Onyx, Costes Downtown: received the coveted star in spring 2016, and Tanti from the Buda side: got the star in 2015.
Fritú: Located on the ground floor of the downtown food market in Hold Street (Belvárosi Piac) Fritú is a newcomer to the fastly developing Hungarian street food scene.
It specializes in making lángos, the local fast food: round shape yeast based dough deep-fried in vegetable oil. You can have it on its own, maybe spread with some grated garlic and sprinkled with salt, or with cheese or sour cream + cheese topping.
PolaPola: You can find this Balkan fast food bar in the Jewish Quarter, distr. VII., in Klauzál utca. No. 11. and in the Fény Street Market in Buda. PolaPola (means fifty-fifty) is the place to go if you want to have tasty pljeskavica, cevap, with Bosnian flat bread: lepinja, ajvar or Shopska salad. Some great beers on the tap too.
Confectioneries, Cake Shops, bakeries, Chocolatiers
- Auguszt Confectionery & Coffee House – one of oldest cake shops in Budapest (can be fund at three locations, try the one in Fény utca, Buda close to the Food Market) as well as a historic coffee house: wide choice of quality cakes, gateaus, biscuits, macarons, pies and pastries.
- Pataki Confectionery from Érd – known for traditional Hungarian cakes and pastries, their ice cream is also delicious. It’s located in a small town south of the capital so the Gourmet Festival is a good opportunity to sample their offer.
- Cake Shop – one of the new-wave confectioneries founded by a young lady a couple of years ago in the city centre, near Erzsébet Square. Lovely cakes, cookies, meringues, brownies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate, ice cream in summer.
- Gelarto Rosa – one of the top ice cream parlors in the city, known for their rose-shaped gelato and other delicacies. You can find them opposite the Basilica in downtown.
- Zazzi – French-style tortes and desserts. Zazzi is in Óbuda, district III., at Bécsi út 57-61. but you can taste their sweet delights on the Festival.
- Gerbeaud – not my favourite though many associate Gerbeaud with quality cakes, good coffee and top-notch service, they’ve become very touristy and overpriced to my taste. You must visit once though, it’s right in the heart of Budapest at Vörösmarty Square, for the classically elegant, historic setting.
- Á table – a boulangerie at four places in Budapest (in Arany János utca city centre, Wesselényi utca district VII., Retek utca in Buda, Mammut 2 Shopping Centre/Level 3): quality French pastries: croissant, pain au chocolat, baguettes, pastries: mille feuille, éclair.
- On the chocolate front you can sample the delicacies of Harrer Chocolat from Sopron town, and Zangio Csokoládé from Budapest (Wesselényi utca 6. district VII., opposite the garden of the Central Synagogue).
Some of the Programs (2016)
Cooking shows, workshops, tastings will entertain visitors from Friday to Sunday (there’s no special program on Thursday).
The Gourmet Workhops are a novelty this year. You can learn the ins and outs of
- Baking bread with Szabolcs Szabadfi from the Panificio il Basilico bakery,
- BBQ basics from Márius Adorjányi from Nyárspolgár,
- Főzelék making – (főzelék is a special Hungarian vegetable dish made usually from green peas, spinach, squash, potato) with Ferenc Szatmári (better known as Főzelékes Feri)
- Gutting fish – from The Fishmonger, Budaörsi Halpiac
- Truffel making and everything about chocolate – from Beatrix Harrer-Abosi, Harrer Chocolate
- Coffee Design with Nespresso
- Cocktail Basics from Zoltán Nagy, Boutiq’Bar
See detailed program on the organiser’s website.
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