Culinary Adventures at the Budapest Christmas Fair

Besides its magical winter atmosphere and wonderful artisan products, the number one Christmas fair of Budapest that takes place on Vörösmarty tér awaits the passersby with unique gastronomical programs.

Thanks to the organizer Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre and the local producers the Christmas fair on Vörösmarty tér doesn’t lack in the wide selection of warming mulled wine, coffee, chocolate, different kinds of cheese, sausage as well as traditional Hungarian dishes such as stuffed cabbage.

From Tuesday to Sunday open kitchen and food tasting take place every week, but wine will flow too: wine writer Richárd Németh (Wine Flow) will guide you into the world of wines. The Hungarian cuisine is not the only one that is represented on the fair: you can also taste the culinary masterpieces of the Carpathian Basin. Tokaji wine, Hungarian coffee and chocolate, different types of premium pálinka made of fruit and vegetables, the delicacies of the Balaton area such as Törek beans and Keszthely sturgeons are only some of the specialties you can try at the fair.

The main stage of the Advent gastro revolution is the 90 m2 hut bistro which amaze the fair-goers with its open kitchen. The latter allows us to get an insight into the secrets of the gastronomy of the Carpathian Basin.

The spotlight will be shed on trotters, sausages and stuffed cabbage provided by XXL Catering, Piknik Centrum, Alem Duna, Anonymus Bar&More, Katlan Tóni konyhája and Éléskamra Gasztro – all presented with a little twist.

The gastronomical programs of hut bistro:

  • 16 December: Paprika Day
  • 17 December: Cooking with cook Dánial Bezerics, the owner of Paletta Budapest – Introducing the ingredients of Balaton
  • 20 December: Tasting of fair food and mulled wine
  • 21-22 December: Wine tasting with Béres Winery & Open kitchen presenting traditional dishes (made of local products) of the Carpathian Basin with guest chefs and wine producers

The Tastes of Christmas (18-24 December)

Although in Hungary the most important part of the winter holidays is Christmas Eve, that is 24 December, the western countries put the emphasis on 25 December, a.k.a. Christmas Day. It is the time of family gatherings during which we eat traditional Christmas meals such as fish soup, stuffed cabbage, and different kinds of desserts. Kadarka wine is the perfect match for fish soup and meatful dishes, whereas Tokaji wine is always on the table.

New Year’s Pig Week (25-31 December)

When preparing New Year meals, it’s worth take into consideration dishes that bring luck for the new year according to folk customs. It is known that poultry flies and fish swims away with the luck, whereas pigs root forward in the soil, turning up luck. Legumes including beans, peas and lentils are also associated with wealth. To drink beer or champagne is the best choice.