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 specialitiesRegional 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 drinksAfter 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 Domažlice, western 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 missIf 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.