Discover the varied world of Czech gastronomy

Discover the varied world of Czech gastronomy

Discover new tastes and fragrances at gastronomic and food festivals!

Discover the varied world of Czech gastronomy
Hardly anyone would not like good food and drinks. Gastronomic events will allow you to taste both Czech and international culinary specialities or Czech beer and wine. We will show you where you can go for a goose feast, for a wine festival or for a presentation of Czech minibreweries. So, bon appétit!

Taste regional specialities

Regional gastronomic festivals always focus on one local food that is typical of the given location. You can find out, for example, in Ivančice in Moravia, where the tradition of asparagus growing spanning many centuries is remembered at the Asparagus and Wine Festival (20–22 May) every year. It will offer you delicious asparagus specialities and tasty wines. The event is accompanied by a cooking show and a diverse cultural programme. Borovany in southern Bohemia hosts a popular gastronomic & cultural festival called Borůvkobraní (9–10 July). The grounds of the local monastery will be scented with various dainties made from bilberries, and a craft fair will be held in the courtyard, offering a lot of traditional products that you can’t buy elsewhere. Znojmo in southern Moravia is famous throughout Czechia for cucumber growing. The Cucumber Festival (5 August) featuring farmers’ markets and a cooking show is held there every year. If you prefer something stronger, try the Trnkobraní festival (19–20 August). This year it will again take place on the premises of the Rudolf Jelínek Liqueur Company in the Moravian town of Vizovice, which is renowned for slivovice production. Plums will be in the forefront at that weekend! You can taste them in dumplings, in pies or in the form of popular slivovice – a strong spirit, which is made using plum fermentation. In conclusion, we have one tip for all who love meat dishes. The Goose Festival in the Moravian town of Boskovice (22–25 September) commemorate the one-time renown of Boskovice geese that would even be supplied on to the table of Austrian emperors in Vienna. Local restaurants will serve various goose specialities throughout the weekend. The greenhouse of the local chateau will be transformed into a giant restaurant as well.   


 

Tips for festivals of good food and drinks

After a year the popular festival of all gourmets is back again! This year the Fresh Festival takes place in Plzeň (21–22 May), Liberec (3–4 June) and Pardubice (11–12 June), and it will present cooking stars and news in gastronomy that are currently in! The Gastronomic Festival of M. D. Rettigová (21–22 May), which pays tribute to the author of the first Czech cookery books, is held regularly in Litomyšl. Traditional dishes based on her recipes have been cooked in Czech households and restaurants to this day. If you would like to explore two distinctive corners of the Czech Republic, visit the Chodsko Festivities (12–14 August) in Domažlicewestern Bohemia, and the Karlovský Festival (7–10 October) at Velké Karlovice in Moravia. In addition to typical Czech cuisine, you will also get acquainted with traditional Czech folklore at the Chodsko Festivities, and the Karlovský Festival is a gastronomic festival in its true sense.

Beer festivals you can’t miss

If you want to get to know Czechia with everything it offers, you must taste our beer – golden treasure we are very proud of. Beer festivals are an excellent opportunity for you to do so. It is a tradition that every fairly large brewery has its festival at least once a year. And what is the programme like? Beer, beer specialities in the form of various kinds of grilled meat and cheese. This is accompanied by a musical performance and some kind of surprise of the night. Visit, for example, the Bernard Fest 2022 (24–25 June) in Humpolec, Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, CLOCK/DAY (23 July) in the eastern Bohemian village of Potštejn or the Radegast Day (27 August) at the Radegast Brewery in Nošovice. In addition to beer and food, the programme also features cultural and musical events as is appropriate to a proper festival. Then, Dočesná in Žatec (3–4 September) is an event combining the features of a beer and music festival. The town that gave its name to the highest-quality hop variety has prepared a quality musical programme involving the tasting of more than 100 beer types this year.

And where you can go if you want to taste the best of various breweries at once? At Karlín, Prague, you can visit the Beer & Burger Festival (22 May) with a presentation of the products of craft breweries of Bohemia and Moravia and there will be no shortage of good burgers as well. The Beerfest (26–28 May) in Olomouc will show you the good products that have been made in brewhouses not only within the Czech Republic but also not far away abroad. Finally, the Minibrewery Festival (10–11 June) at Prague Castle is of the highlights of all Czech exhibitions of minibreweries. The top 66 Czech and Moravian minibreweries and three foreign minibreweries take part in it.

Discover places that live with wine

This best wine in the Czech Republic is grown mainly in Moravia. A vintage is traditionally associated with autumn and it concludes the harvest of grapes before the first frosts. Southern Moravia turns into a region that lives with wine throughout September and a part of October! The Znojmo Vintage (9–11 September), which takes place in a historic spirit and always fills the whole centre of Znojmo, is very popular. The Pálava Vintage (9–11 September) in Mikulov will offer you not only good local wine but also a programme full of folklore and historic performances. The prestigious public exhibition of the National Wine Contest is held in the main hall of Mikulov Castle throughout the vintage. You can taste more than 500 samples of white, rosé and red wines from the Mikulov Wine Subregion. If your travels take you to Prague on the weekend of 17–18 September, go to see the Troja Vintage at the St Clara vineyard in the Botanical Garden. The festivities will feature the local output of wine including a visit to a wine cellar. Wines of the year 2021 and burčák, a fresh partially fermented grape must, will be offered for tasting. in Český Krumlovsouthern Bohemia, there is the Wine Festival (22 October – 27 November), which will present both Czech and foreign wines as well as local gastronomic specialities in the setting of a fabulously beautiful town. We would still like to invite you to another event that is unique, namely Festival Mezi sklepy (17–18 June) in Mutěnice, southern Moravia. No less than 40 wine cellars that are rarely accessible to the public will be open. The festival’s specific feature is the possibility of tasting wines directly among casks where wine has the only right temperature and, above all, taste.