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A Country of Wine Festivals

In Hungary, the range of gastronomic events and wine festivals across the country is increasing from year to year, attracting gourmet tourists to all parts of the country. Typically, the programmes are based around traditional Hungarian dishes, they are dedicated to the appreciation of wine, beer or pálinka.

An example of the latter is the Debrecziner Gourmet celebration of the eponymous sausage, held in Debrecen in eastern Hungary; or the Csaba Sausage Festival, the Szeged International Tisza Fish Festival, which centres around fish and Szeged-style fish soup, the Szeged Wine Festival, where you can taste wines from regions all over Hungary, the Orfű Wild Garlic Festival, devoted to this delicious herb and the various dishes made from it, the Balatonfüred Wine Weeks, offering the cream of the Balatonfüred–Csopak wine region, the Razor Fish Festival Tihany, the Szigliget Pike-Perch Festival and the Győr Wine Days.

Generally speaking, these events offer an opportunity to relax and enjoy some culture, with performance and artistic programmes, craft markets and music to accompany the wine and food, further enriching the festival experience. Among the major wine festivals, those which are popular with foreign visitors include the Budapest Wine Festival, the Budafok Sparkling Wine and Wine Festival, the Szeged Wine Festival, the Balatonfüred Wine Weeks and the Egri Bikavér Celebration.


The best-attended festivals include the Etyeki Piknik, which is held four times a year, the Rosalia, the Miskolc Avasi Borangolás, and the Wine, Shine, Bénye Festival in the Tokaj wine region.


Those professional events that provide an opportunity for winemakers to introduce their products to selective visitors, where they can take part in workshops and themed tastings in order to deepen their knowledge fall into a special category.


In Hungary, the Winelovers and Borjour events, as well as VinCE Budapest are the most popular dates in the diary for connoisseurs.


Last but not least, for those who love wine as much as sports, there is the opportunity to combine their passion for wine and running at the Szekszárd Wine District Half-Marathon, the Palkonya Vineyard Run or even the Villány Rosé Marathon.

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