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Budapest Wine Festival not only brings the best of Hungary’s and the region’s wines to one place, but it also has plenty of entertainment, a range of gastronomic delicacies, and presents its guest of honour for this year, neighbouring Croatia. Set in the beautiful grounds of the city’s Buda Castle on the banks of the River Danube, the event promises to deliver diverse flavours through all of its offerings for what is one of the region’s finest fairs.
What’s better than wine and song? Well, you can find both at this festival every day and well into the night. For the opening ceremony an ensemble from Hungary named Vivat Bacchus will sing a capella combining blues, folk, jazz, and rock. Besh o droM are a band who have been around for more than a decade and play lively Eastern European and Balkan music, performing the following evening. Throughout the five days you’ll hear more folk, local melodies and world rhythms with ‘A Day of Hungarian Jazz’ confirmed for the closing concerts.
Food features are a major highlight and there is plenty of opportunity to try some of Hungary’s trademark dishes, such as Jókai bean soup, and dill judderer – a pasta dish flavoured with bacon, dill and sour cream. The freshest meats, cheeses, breads and pastries are welcoming accompaniments to the many wines available, and all sorts of coffee can be ordered at Rossi Caffé for a bit of a perk up.
Croatia, as the special guest nation will showcase their wide selection of wines in a country that has more than 17,000 registered producers. An interesting fact is that more than half of its vineyards do not go on to sell their creations but consume it among themselves. So this is your special chance to sample some of their coastal area vintages, as well as those from Continental Croatia.
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For more information about the Budapest Wine Festival between 12 and 16 September, visit: www.aborfesztival.hu