Between 5 and 7 February a three-day long winter gastro party is to take place at the Hold Street Downtown Market in Budapest, in the hope it will become a traditional event. Acclaimed and lesser-known restaurants as well as guest producers relying on regional and local ingredients will be attending the Töltött Hold (‘Stuffed Moon’) Gastro Weekend.
They will present their wares, i.e. cook and sell, at community stands while the permanent shops and catering establishments of the market are also open. Besides their usual offerings, Séf utcája, MoszkvaTér, Buja Disznók, Panificio il Basilico, Steamboo, Vörös Homár and the rest will also be preparing special dishes, while guest cuisines and producers will convey winter flavours in a market style.
On Friday and Saturday between 11.00 am and 10.00 pm and on Sunday between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm the programme will feature Bonne Chance from Bázakerettye, Márga bistro from Csopak, Ikon restaurant from Debrecen, Baricska csárda from Balatonfüred, Chianti from Veszprém, Bock Balaton from Vonyarcvashegy, Erhardt from Sopron as well as Kira Gypsy restaurant from Békés – and the list goes on. Market meals will be prepared by LázárChef, Sándor Csíki (Food&Wine, Vendéglátás) and Árpád Bakcsy demonstrating his cooking skills alongside his photography talent. Guest producers will include chilli manufacturer Chilion, Vászolyi cheese, dairy products and many other delicacies.
Visitors to this free event can enjoy the vodka bar, “kürtőskalács” and fisherman’s soup prepared in a pot at the entrance on Hold Street, and expect a genuinely bustling and vibrant market atmosphere inside. Downtown Market has become Budapest’s number one gastro and delicacy market over the last year, where acclaimed chefs and restaurant owners run their businesses – a convincing reason for eating and buying something here every day. Over this three-day event, visitors can enjoy all this and more, and the organisers have even thought of heating, so the cold winter temperature won’t be a problem for you to eat and drink until late in the evening.
Source: Vendéglátás Magazine (in Hungarian)