21 September 2023 - 24 September

Balaton Wine & Gourmet

Balaton Wine & Gourmet is the biggest gastronomy venture of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture event series, where, in addition to providing an international outlook, the focus is on the region and the country’s cultural heritage, winemaking traditions and the increasingly exciting present and future development of gastronomy.

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Balaton Wine & Gourmet returns from 21-24 September. This year, the largest gastronomic festival in the region will present the culinary 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 at one of the most beautiful venues in the country, in the magical natural setting of Veszprém Valley.

At the four-day festival dedicated to quality food and drink, the main gastronomic players of the Balaton region – more than 50 restaurants and wineries – will be complemented by around fifty exciting programmes: open-air food and drink demos with free tastings, a wine tasting tent, and in the breathtaking interior of the former Jesuit church, master classes and guided tastings, as well as experiential dishes from national and international chefs for gourmets, friends, families and professionals, in other words, for 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 this year.

On the main stage, there will be wine, Champagne, Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, cheese, cake and asado demonstrations, followed by free tastings. But tango and chanson performances, a screening of Argentinian films with round table discussions and a French fashion show are also planned.

In addition to free presentations for the general public, the event will also offer a taste of French, Argentinian and of course Hungarian gastronomy with experiential meals, workshops and guided tastings, all in a unique venue, inside a church built by the Jesuit order in the 18th century.

This special space will also host a masterclass on Argentinian grape varieties, guided tastings of Burgundy wines, Champagne, Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados, a yerba mate tea session, Michelin-starred dinners, as well as five-course Argentinian and French menus with wine pairings. Just like the noble duels between the Malbecs of Argentina and France, and the sweet wines of Tokaj and Sauterne.


The venue

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