Balaton Wine & Gourmet Fest is Back

  • 18 Sep 2023 5:12 AM
Balaton Wine & Gourmet Fest is Back
For four days this week, between 21-24 September, the Balaton Wine & Gourmet gastronomic festival is being staged at the atmospheric setting of a Jesuit cloister and ruined gardens on the leafy outskirts of Veszprém.

Known as Veszprém Valley, the site is one of many venues being used as part of the historic city’s role as European Capital of Culture during 2023.

Free Tastings & Masterclasses

The largest culinary celebration in the region will present the gastro specialities of France and Argentina, along with key representatives of Balaton region gastronomy, comprising more than 50 restaurants and wineries.

Family activities, free tastings, professional workshops and exclusive Michelin-starred chef dinners await guests in this magical natural setting.

The main gastronomic players of Balaton and surroundings are not the only attraction. In total, around 50 exciting events will be taking place.

These will include open-air food and drink demonstrations with free tastings, a wine-tasting tent and, in the breathtaking interior of the former Jesuit church, master classes and guided samplings, as well as experiential dishes from national and international chefs for gourmets, friends, families and professionals, in other words, for anyone and everyone who loves gastronomy.

Alongside the culinary heritage, wine traditions and the increasingly exciting modern food culture of the Veszprém-Bakony-Balaton region, Balaton Wine & Gourmet is to host two gastronomic superpowers of the region, showcasing the cuisine and drinking culture of France and Argentina.

From Champagne to Patagonia

On the main stage, there will be wine, Champagne, Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, cheese, cake and asado demonstrations, followed by free tastings.

Tango and chanson performances, a screening of Argentinian films with round-table discussions and a French fashion show are also planned.

Don’t miss the masterclass on Argentinian grape varieties, guided tastings of Burgundy wines, a yerba mate tea session, Michelin-starred dinners, as well as five-course Argentinian and French menus with wine pairings.

These will feature noble duels between the Malbecs of Argentina and France, and the sweet wines of Tokaj and Sauterne.

The venue is one of the most attractive green areas of Veszprém, within the Veszprém Valley, surrounded by streams and shady trees, including the inner hall of the monastery with its unique atmosphere.

The Margit ruins are the remains of a convent and neighbouring church founded by Bishop Bertalan of Veszprém in 1240. The Veszprém convent was the first Dominican nunnery in Hungary.

Its most famous resident was the daughter of King Béla IV. St Margit lived here from 1246 till 1252, until she was relocated to the Island of Rabbits in Budapest – now known as Margaret Island.


Words by Peterjon Cresswell for
Peterjon has been researching the byways of Budapest for 30 years, extending his expertise across Europe to produce guidebooks for Time Out and his own website

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