A new gastronomic festival is just in front of our doorstep.

February, 15-16-17. 2013.


District 5. Erzsébet Square –  Budapest

A Great Family, Friends gathering for  not only Fish Food Lovers, but the better you are!

It is going to be a friendly atmosphere, meeting, outdoor cooking in the heart of the city where everyone is welcome.

The thought of bringing a festival of fish has been never before in Hungary, even though Hungary has 3 lakes, main rivers, the River Danube which rolls through the country dividing the country map into two parts, the River Tisza. and many small rivers. So Hungary is rich in a land of waters. Now anyone can image how many fish are swimming and awaited to be on the hook.  There is no age limit to join the festival. Young-and-old who are fish food lovers are invited to eat fish their heavenly tastes with the special Hungarians spices. Those who come around will not only have the experience to eat the ordinary Hungarian style way of prepared fish, also  will be able to taste fish  the way it is prepared in different regions of Hungary. Beside eating these melting tastes the organizers are come along with culinary arts, cultural programs and social events to highlight the coming 3 days. The organizers goal was to bring this fish festival  to encourage people to eat more-and-more fish food and promote the culture of fish consumption in Hungary.

Besides of the fact that fish has beneficial effects on human health , it also forms part of our gastronomy and is essential part of our holiday feasts.

However, fish consumption in Hungary is far below the European average; therefore the aim of the event is to popularise fish dishes to all the visitors at the festival. Another key objective is to raise awareness of the locals to our domestic surface waters with a special attention to the cleanness of River Danube.  The River Danube was ranked among the 10 most endangered rivers in the world.  Due to numerous initiatives which have been taken, quality of its water has improved, yet further efforts are still needed.

Our Fish Festival seeks to raise awareness of the values of our natural resources.  Profile of the festival The Budapest Fish Festival is planned to be an interactive event, where both the adults and the smallest can enjoy the programmes and the culinary delights. During the course of the first fish festival of the capital, visitors can not only taste the fish specialties but can take part in the cooking and preparation as well.

I festival could not be a festival without not inviting a guest country to also show their specialities. The organisers consider uniqueness extremely important. Therefore. Budapest Fish Festival, overstepping the usual Hungarian fish-soup festivals, will bring maybe not really well-known, new, international flavours to introduce to the visiting guests. Besides the traditional Hungarian dishes, the flavours of Asia will be presented, also traditional recipes from Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.

I bet many are already been ingested a big one Ain’t have to wait for the delights too long, just 2days and here comes the 1st Fish Festival, 2013. Budapest.

The rather cold weather is still here, but the warm atmosphere will be brought by Ms.Veronika Catfish (yes heard it well … Catfish) Could a Fish Festival be more appropriate to have one of Hungary’s talented singers named Catfish on the stage!  She will give a concert on Friday, February,15 at 6 p.m. The concert is free of charge just as to the 3 days festival programs!

There will be a talent contest during three days of the Fish Festival.

Anyone who feels the talent in declamation, dance, music or even stand up comedy genre of entertainment which theme is inspired by the fish, may have a chance to perform at the Budapest Festival stage. Applications are awaiting to be forward with a short introduction to the e/mail address:

It’s a friendly atmosphere, meeting, outdoor cooking in the heart of the city where everyone is welcome.

The event will be mostly about fish, but the pálinka, wine, fresh loaf of bread and a good atmosphere will not be missing. If you are believer that’s the place to be.

You are not in the kitchen’s fiend or the fairy … Does not matter, come and taste the flavors of our cooked fish delights on the spot.

Mapping the 3 days:

Friday, February 15.

2 p.m. Opening Event

3 p.m. Official opening by the orgaziers

4.30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cooking Fish on the stage. Wine and Pálinka tasting.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fish Cooking Class

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Danube Miss International beauty contest – finalist of  Hungary

8 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Ms. Veronika Catfish concert

Saturday, February, 16.

10 a.m. Festival opening with the Fish Soup contest

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Presentation of Hungarian Fish dishes Fish

2.30 p.m. Announcing the winner of the Fish Soup Cooking competition

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hungarian folklore programs

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Gastro young jazz ensembles – Jazz presentation

8 p.m. – 10 p.m  Budapest Festival of Street Musicians

Sunday, February,17.

10 a.m.- Noon Children’s Dance House

Noon – 4 p.m. Introducing of the Asian fish cuisine and folklore programs

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Celebrities cooking and along with charity programs

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. GasztroClassic presenting young musicians

Hope it sounds good enough … See you there …

Update by Aggie Reiter

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Angela Griffin on 20/02/2013 at 15:34

    We were in Budapest for a holiday and fell upon this festival by accident. We sampled many of the dishes being served and really enjoyed the atmosphere. All the food was delicious. Well done to everyone who helped to make it such a success


    • Hello Andrea … so please to hear ya and your friends have made it to the 1st Fish Festival organized in Budapest Akvárium Park. Hope ya’ll will cherish the good times, palinka and food and come around in the future again to an event or a festival. I’ll be updating the forthcoming events so ya can have a look anytime at the

      Just like in any country… the original yummies and delights are always available and served in the countries where they come from 🙂

      Wish ya an great week end to come. take care … bye from


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