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 (Huncut Szilva Herceg), 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.
- 19. August, Friday, 10.00 – 24.00
- 20. August, Saturday: 10.00 – 24.00
- 21. August, Sunday: 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 and sugar-free cake in 2022: 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.
Várkert Bazár Is Home To
- Dance performances,
- Holiday fairs (Christmas, Easter) all year round.
The scenic view of the Danube and the landmarks lining the Pest bank is just amazing from here.
Hungary’s Birthday Cake – Plum, Chocolate, Red Wine
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 the Mischievous Plum Prince Cake/Huncut Szilva Herceg made
- Without flour but with
- Rich plum chocolate mousse spiced up with a dash of red wine from Eger
- Between hazelnut sponge layers
Sugar-Free Cake For The Health Conscious
For those who watch their weight or avoid sugar in their diet can have a slice from the sugar-free Cake named Granny’s Favourite.
- White chocolate-pistachio crunch layers filled with
- Raspberry coulis,
- Mascarpone mousse,
- Enhanced with hibiscus flower and rosehip coulis.
A slice of this delicacy contains only 238 kcal and 11,9 g carbohydrate.
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
- Csárdafesztivál At Vörösmarty Square – The country’s best inns will be cooking plus there will be dancing and folk music too – so you can dine and wine to your heart’s content there!
- Folk Art Festival in Buda Castle, 19 – 21. August
- Fireworks at 21.00, August 20th
TIP: Browse also our other program recommendations in August!