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Five autumn gastro events in and around Budapest

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Autumn suits the Hungarian capital particularly well. This is the time for long walks. It's a good idea to visit the secret gardens, look down from Gellért Hill to the Danube and, of course, it's almost mandatory to immerse yourself in all things food.

1. Jazz, Champagne & Oyster Days – 29 September to 2 October

BudaPart, one of the newest districts of the city, is located on Kopaszi-gát, and a popular part of it is SHO Beach, which opened last year. This environment, where the man-made meets nature, creates a great backdrop for the extraordinary gastronomic feast where oysters and champagne are the centrepieces. The Budaörs Fish Market will take care of the fresh ingredients for the Jazz, Champagne & Oyster days to be held at the end of September, but the four-day event offers not only delicacies but also soft jazz tunes. Kopaszi-gát is the place for you if you are open to music and culinary adventures and would like to spend time on the banks of the Danube in autumn.

2. Sweet Days in Budapest – 30 September to 2 October

If you have a sweet tooth you should not miss the country's highest-quality confectionary festival, the fame of which has already reached beyond the country borders. The location of the chocolate festival is one of the capital's most popular attractions, the Basilica, and the Szent István tér in front of it. In addition to tasting the handmade confectioneries, it is also worth climbing the dome of the Basilica to see the unique view.

3. I. Steak and Natural Wine Festival – 5-8 October

Wine enthusiasts can learn more about Hungary through various wine regions, since each landscape, the grapes grown there and the wine made from them have different features. This is especially true of natural wines, where the terroir character, i.e. the specific characteristics of the given area, are even more pronounced. Guests will, of course, not be left hungry as the organisers will prepare excellent steaks at the natural wine lovers' festival, at Botellón Terrace. Foodies should definitely make time to come for this weekend!

4. October Dűlőbisztró – 22 October

Budapest's vineyard – the Etyek cellar row – is undoubtedly at its most inviting in autumn. Life picks up during harvest time, and no wonder that the organisers of the Etyek Picnic also plan an event – the October Dűlőbisztró – for this time of the year. One thing is sure: there will be no shortage of Hungarian dishes and wine at the event on 22 October. Let's test the products of different wineries and winemakers so that everyone can finally choose their favourite.

5. November Goose Fest – 12 November

It is also worth visiting Etyek a few weeks later because the special Goose Fest begins here during the St. Martin's Day feast. New wine and goose dishes will be on offer to those who would like to relax close to the capital but in a calm environment, in the somewhat chilly but beautiful November!