Mangalica Festival Budapest

one of the exhibitors - a young couple offering sausages, salamis to buy

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The Mangalica Festival at the beginning of February. launches the series of gastro festivals held yearly in Budapest.

The festival’s locale is Szabadság tér near the Parliament in the city centre.

Eeasily accessible by tram or metro.

Admission is free.

Since we love mangalica meat and sausage, we drop by the festival each year to taste and stock up on mangalica goodies .

We usually stick by to listen to some of the concerts if it is not too cold though some hot wine or a shot of pálinka helps to endure the chilly February weather.

You can also find some of the best pálinka makers of Hungary among the many food stalls. But if you find this local spirit too strong have some wine or craft beer to warm you up inthe February cold.

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.

Basic Information About the Festival

snow covered Szabadsag square
The spacious Szabadság tér park is ideal for such a popular festival

Location: Szabadság tér (Parliament Neighbourhood), district V.,

Getting there: M2 metro Kossuth tér station, M3 metro Arany János utca station , tram 2 Kossuth L. tér stop (5-minute walk from each station)

Date: 07 – 09. February 2020., Friday – Sunday

Opening hours:

Friday, 07. Feb: 09.00 – 19.00

Saturday, 08. Feb:

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, 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 exhibit area: where you can see mangalica pigs: 3 from the three types: red, blonde and swallow-bellied.

Exhibitors include:

rows of paprika sausages and salamis
  • mangalica meat producers,
  • artisan cheese makers,
  • honey producers,
  • chocolate, bread,
  • craft beer, wine and pálinka makers.

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:

various cheeses on a green-white checkered cloth
Local artisan cheese
  • roast meat,
  • sausage,
  • ham,
  • streed food specialties prepared in food trucks.

Street Food on the Festival

The best food trucks will offer their goodies.

burger with fries on a cardboard tray
Mangalica burger with fries
  • Kishusom – a fairly new street food place located in district VII.- comes with Unicum black burger: Facebook page
  • Pöriző – a brand-new food bar specializing in pörkölt, Hungarian paprika stew.
  • Burger Bár – hol Food Truck: you can taste their mangalica burger and goulash
  • Befaló Bill – the best Mangalica BBQ: Facebook page
  • pulled pork sandwiches
  • lángos – a typical local deep-fried pastry, strudel and other pastries
  • wines, beers and pálinka (fruit distilate)

See more photos in our Facebook album!

Detailed Program (2019)

February 08 – Friday

a 4 member-band preparing to give a concert on the festival's stage

12.00 – 15.00 – Budapest Marching Jazz Band – interactive dixieland music

15.00 – 18.00 – Little Wing – acoustic blues

February 09 –  Saturday

10.00 – 15.00 – Cooking Contest

10.00 – 11.00 – Peter & Pan Guitar Duo, unplugged hits on acoustic guita

11.00 – 13.30 – Budapest Marching Jazz Band – interactive dixieland music

11.00 – 11.45 – Opening ceremony, awards

11.45 – 13.30 – Peter & Pan – Accoustic Guitar Duo

13.30 – 15.30 – Dynamite Dudes – redneck boogie

15.30 – 16.00 – Cooking competition results and awards

16.00 – 18.00 – Torres Dani Acoustic

February 10 – Sunday

11.00 – 12.00 – Bóbita Children Music Band – interactive kids’s programs

12.00 – 15.00 – Cimbaliband – Multicultural Folk Music

15.00 – 18.00 – Pribojszki Mátyás Blues Band

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.

3 pigs with red fur lying next to each other on straw
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.

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 considered to be healthier since they don’t increase the level of blood cholesterol.

Mangalica fat (and meat) also tastes richer.

The fat melts at lower temperature due to the unsaturated fatty acid content.

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 to taste and buy some mangalica and enjoy the programs in the heart of Budapest!