3 Hedonistic Reasons to Visit Budapest This Fall!
Granted, the fall is a great time to visit Budapest. The temperatures in September – October are lower, the crowds of group tourists and river-cruise passengers are thinner, and the most-popular sites are less packed. But foodies and wine lovers will find some extra reasons to visit Budapest this fall – 3 local festivals which are very popular with Hungarians, but not (yet) so well-known abroad. What better way to try traditional food and drink and to mingle with the locals!
Budapest Wine Festival
Ever wondered how the legendary Tokay dessert wine is made? Or where does the name of the Bull’s Blood red wine come from? Whether you want to sample some wines from all over Hungary, meet local vintners, or enjoy traditional Hungarian cuisine and folk music, if you visit Budapest this fall between September 8 – 11, do not miss the annual Wine Festival.
It takes place on the terraces of the historic Castle Hill on the Buda side of the Danube and showcases more than 200 wineries from all of Hungary’s wine regions as well as a chance to meet award-winning wine-makers and producers. All the great wines are of course accompanied by great food – from grilled meats and sausages, to goulash, crispy strudels, chimney and corn cakes, select cheeses, and other delicacies. For the most up-to-date information on the Wine Festival and its events, go to their website.
Budapest Chocolate and Candy Festival (Sweet Days)
Those of us with a sweet tooth will be in heaven at Budapest’s annual Chocolate and Candy Festival, held this year on September 18 – 20. For three days, chocolate will be featured in all its glorious and mouthwatering forms including candy, cakes, and ice-cream. World-renown manufacturers, but also chocolatiers from Hungary will be presenting their delicacies. Coffee, honey, fine wines, and sweet drinks will also be featured. There will be several kid-friendly programs to keep the little ones entertained while grown-ups participate in chocolate-making classes and chocolate tastings.
Palinka and Sausage Festival
Cannot make it to the Wine or Chocolate festivals? No worries! Another hedonistic extravaganza – the Palinka and Sausage Festival, will be held October 2 – 4, once again in the courtyards of the Buda Castle. Palinka is the strong traditional apricot brandy and more than 20 local distillers and sausage makers will be joining in this uniquely Hungarian gastronomic event. Besides the brandy and sausages, expect to taste desserts made with the tasty liquor including palinka candies and cream desserts.
If, after all the food and drink, you crave some quiet and nourishment for the soul, step into the National Gallery housed in the former Royal Palace right in the middle of the festival grounds! They currently have on display works by Raphael, El Greco, Monet, Gauguin, and Rodin.
Sounds like fun? If you are going to visit Budapest this fall and enjoy learning about the culture of a new destination through its food and drink, there are plenty of great local experiences I can recommend for you. Just let me know!