The OTP Bank Gourmet Festival will welcome culinary adventurers on May 18-21 in the heart of Budapest at Millenáris Park. This year the main focus will be on the indigenous Mangalica pig as well as seasonal strawberries.
The best of everything - even from beyond the borders
In recent years, the finest restaurants of Hungary lined up next to one another at the festival, so one could taste the best chefs’ offers starting from the popular rural kitchens to Michelin-star restaurants in Budapest. This year not only Hungarian restaurants will be present: the festival invited the finest guests from the culinary scene of the region. In addition, the best Hungarian pastry shops, wineries, breweries, pálinka distilleries will be presented as well as a wide selection of artisanal food products.
Mangalica and strawberries
In the earlier years of the festival the focus was on certain local dishes, but in 2017 similarly to the previous year two basic ingredients will be in the spotlight. This year, besides their own specialties the chefs of the best restaurants will be composing dishes using two special ingredients: the country’s world famous Mangalica pig and strawberries.
Colourful programs with national and international stars
Various exhibitors and a colourful choice of programs will entertain visitors at the festival. Besides the best of Hungarian gastronomy and gastro-celebrities, prominent figures of the international gastro scene will also appear. The list starts with Ana Roą, the chef of the Slovenian Hiąa Franko restaurant, who was chosen as the best female chef of the world at the beginning of the year. Another outstanding representative of the regional cuisine, Wojciech Amaro will be there, too, who was working with the world's two prominent chefs, Ferran Adriá (El Bulli) and Rene Redzepi (Noma). Later, with his own restaurant he received Poland's first Michelin star, and recently "The World's 50 best restaurants" listed his restaurant as one of the discoveries of the region. Anna Olson, world famous confectioner and star of Food Network TV shows as well as best-selling author will also be an honorary guest of the fest. Amongst others, Fouzoo restaurant of Bratislava known for its Pan-Asian cuisine as well as the famous Taubenkobel from Austria will give a presentation. Regarding the Hungarian line-up, you will get a Michelin-starred chef for each day, and Tamás Széll will also get on stage with the Hungarian Bocuse d'Or team, in addition to József Bernáth, Kristóf Steiner, Gianni and Attila Till.
Exclusive dinners and workshops
This year you can not only meet the best chefs on the stage but during exclusive dinners, too. For the menus of Ana Roą, Wojciech Amaro and Tamás Széll tickets should be bought in advance, but there will be a Hungarian Michelin all-star diner as well as an exclusive lunch presented by the best rural restaurants. Beyond the stage programs and exclusive dinners, to the courtesy of Electrolux, there will be workshops, where the bests in the profession and prominent chefs will teach the participants for a wide range of topics. This year even more children and family programs will be held at the festival.