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The Wachau Gourmet Festival. For the past six years, it has risen to fame as THE annual gourmet event here in my hometown. And I’ve only participated this once: “Why”, I ask, “have I never been here before?” Now, for sure, I will!
Together with my international friends Anna from Germany and Nathalie from Canada (who has been thrilled to the point of saying “I have never eaten this good in my whole life!”), we had many a toast on friendship, culinary pleasures, excellent wines and those top gourmet chefs hailing from all over Europe to make the festival such a spectacular event. Wow! What you get to eat, see and do in one night is this: Check it out.
Just a “piece of cake“? A gourmet festival this spectacular has more to it than meets the eye. Our “piece of cake” actually yields a delightful, savoury taste topped by tasty bacon croutons. Pea soup, very refined, is served to us out of glass bottles (!) using a long pasta straw. At dessert, we enjoy spicy mint and juicy strawberries together with some “real” cake. Nathalie, Anna and I dig into the famous chefs’ creations as soon as the words are spoken: “The buffet is now open” (like the famous saying “Alles Walzer” at the Vienna Opera Ball! Pompous celebration ceremonies & gourmet cuisine has always been an element of Austrian culture – and one I like, I must say 😉 ).
Perhaps the single greatest aspect of participating in this culinary opening gala of the Wachau Gourmet Festival is the fact that many more events are yet to come. For instance the “wein.genuss.krems” wine tasting event on 5 & 6 April right here in the city of Krems, or the “GOURMET-Safari” on the evening of 9 April, 2013, which has already caught my attention: Each course is being served in a different, well-known restaurant, the entire wine journey & gourmet safari being commented by a sommelier. As a travel blogger with a focus on Gourmet Travel, I should definitely join some more of these events. Don’t you think? 😉