Street of Hungarian Flavours
August 18 @ 10:00 am - August 20 @ 10:00 pm
The Street of Hungarian Flavours/Magyar Ízek Utcája festival offers a taste of local gastronomy for 3 days, 18 – 20. August:
- Monday, and
The event is in Buda, on the Upper Bank of the Danube between Várkert Bazaar and Döbrentei Square.
Entry is free.
Visitors can sample traditional local delicacies including
- the Nation’s Cake (Kicsi Gesztenye/Little Chestnut), and the
- 3 winners of the Bread Baking Contest
- Between Castle Bazaar/Várkert and Döbrentei tér in Buda
- Entry: free ( you have to pay for food and drinks)
By walk only. No public transport due to the programs and the fireworks on 20. August.
- 18. August, Saturday, 10.00 – 24.00
- 19. August, Sunday: 10.00 – 24.00
- 20. August, Monday: 10.00 – 24.00
The festival is the biggest gastronomy event in Budapest – apart from the Christmas Fairs at Vörösmarty tér and the Basilica.
A perfect place to sample local food and drinks:
- mutton stew Karcag style
- stuffed cabbage Szatmár style
- sausage flavoured with ginger
- the new bread – 20th August is also the day when bread made from the first grains of the year is blessed
- the Nation’s Cake: Boldogasszony Csipkéje: a raspberry torte, the nation’s sugar-free cake: Little Chestnut (Kicsi Gesztenye), a low-calory (only 204 kcal) and low- carbohidrate chestnut cake.
- traditional pastries and cakes: Sekler Cake (Kürtös Kalács), strudel
- wine and craft beer
The location, Várkert Bazaar is one of the newest attractions of Budapest: a series of ornate, 19. century palace buildings with a lush garden.
It is home to
- dance performances,
- holiday fairs (Christmas, Easter) all year round.
The view of the Danube and the landmarks lining the Pest bank is just amazing from here.
Hungary’s Birthday Cake 2020
The Street of Hungarian Flavours has been part of the August 20th/St Stpehen’s day festivities for many years now.
The festival is also the venue where you can first taste Hungary’s Birthday Cake. Each year the guild of Hungarian Confectioners announces a contest to make a special cake from traditional local ingredients.
A jury then chooses one over 2 rounds and the winner torte is first sliced on the Street of Hungarian Flavours.
This year a rich raspberry torte made with 600 g of the fresh fruit per cake. Its name is Boldogasszony Csipkéje – it’s the folksy name for raspberry).
For those who watch their weight or avoid sugar in their diet can have a slice from the Sugar-free Cake named Little Chestnut– only 204 kcal and 14,9 g carbohydrate per slice.
St. Stephen Day’s Bread
Besides the Nation’s Cake you can also savour the wineers of the St. Stephen’s Day Bread Contest:
- A white sourdough bread called Várhegyi Deres made by the Kurdy Family Bakery. It is a crunchy white wheat bread with a dash of corn and leavened for 12 hours with fesh sourdough.
- The 2nd bread is a honey apple rye bread with 70% rye flour and 24-h sourdough and seasoned with apple chips and honey.
- The 3rd you can taste on the festival is a whole sourdough bread made from spelt flour, rye flour and oat flour but the baker also added sunflower seeds, oat flakes and pumpkin seeds.
Other Programs Nearby
- Air and Water Show (Danube, parliament) – from 09.15 till 10.00 on 20. August
- Military Band Parade at Kossuth Square and the Danube, 10.00 – 12.00
- Concerts on Clark Adam Square and the Várkert Bazaar Stage – local bands perform on the stage on Clark A. tér (10.00 – 23.00 on 18 – 19. August and 13.00 – 20.00 on 20. August)
- Folk Art Festival in Buda Castle, 17 – 20. August
TIP: Browse also our other program recommendations in August!