Hungarian Vegetarian Walk
Traditional Hungarian food is not known for being vegetarian (or vegan)-friendly. But Hungarian seasonal produce and ingredients are so varied, and chefs and restaurateurs are starting to take note. In addition to more vegetarian-friendly dishes being found on the menus of Budapest’s best restaurants, there is a growing network of vegetarian (and vegan) restaurants, cafés, and shops in Budapest where you can taste beautifully-prepared Hungarian cuisine, minus the meat. This walking tour will give you an introduction to Hungarian cuisine, wine, and culture—through a vegetarian/vegan perspective. Our guide (a local food journalist) closely follows Budapest’s food scene, particularly the new and exciting vegetarian developments. The tour begins at The Central Market Hall where we will introduce you to the variety and abundance of the mostly local and seasonal ingredients on display, and talk about how Hungarians use them. From there, we’ll explore the surrounding neighborhoods, and introduce you to some of our favorite underground restaurants serving vegetarian/vegan delights! We’ll also visit artisan shops stocking delicious locally-produced products. Lunch will be at one of Europe’s best vegan restaurants, where we will sample dishes with typical Hungarian flavors—such as gulyás and stuffed cabbage—just without any meat. We’ll get a taste of Budapest’s developing coffee scene by visiting a café with its own roaster, and dessert will be raw cakes and chocolate at an award-winning artisan chocolate manufacturer. We will conclude by a tasting three wines (a final few local specialties) at The Tasting Table, where you will get an introduction to the Hungarian wine regions, varietals, and styles. * Please let us know if you are vegan or vegetarian!
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