SalzburgerLand’s Via Culinaria – A Fabulously Foodie Trip

Via CulinariaGastronomic tours are more popular than ever before.  What could be better than exploring a country’s culture through its best-loved food and drink?  That’s why I was excited to hear about SalzburgerLand’s Via Culinaria, a truly fabulous trip for foodies.  Via Culinaria offers a wonderful pathway to culinary enjoyment whatever your taste, from fish lovers to those with a sweet tooth. There are seven mouthwatering trails offering a total of 184 select culinary addresses of which 12 have Michelin stars and 63 are internationally acclaimed. Other delicious billets on the trails include 21 alpine huts and farms, 15 patisseries and cafes, 10 breweries, six schnapps distilleries, 36 food producers and 21 traditional inns serving hearty regional dishes.

Each of the 7 culinary pathways are taste themed. There is one for dedicated fish fans, one for gourmets, one for those with a sweet tooth, one for serious meat eaters, one for cheese freaks, one for beer and schnapps aficionados, and finally one that is perfect for skiers visiting 16 of the regions best ski huts along the ski slopes including:

Karkogelhütte in Abtenau
Rottenhofhütte in Annaberg-Lungötz

Treff 2000 and Schi-Alm in Mauterndorf
Kösslbacher Alm in Unternberg

Burgstall Hütte in Flachauwinkel
“Zur Brennhütt’n” in Flachau
Oberforsthofalm in St. Johann/Pongau
Gehwolfhütte in Grossarl
Weitmoser Schlossalm in Bad Hofgastein

Panorama Alm in Hollersbach
Areitalm mountain terminal in Zell am See
Wieseralm in Hinterglemm
Panorama Alm in Saalbach
“Alte Schmiede” in Leogang
Bürglalm in Dienten am Hochkönig

So if you are looking for a trip to liven your taste buds visit to find out more!

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Pilsner Fest 2010 – A Feast of Pilsner, Gastronomy & Music

Pilsner FestOn the 27th and 28th of August the Pilsner Fest will take place in the premises of the Pilsner Urquell  brewery in the Czech Republic.  The festival promises to be a feast of beers, gastronomy and music.

Music lovers have been promised an incredible two-days featuring 25 bands offering the widest variety of musical genres and performing on two stages directly on the grounds of the Pilsner brewery including: J.A.R., Support Lesbiens, Mig 21 and Tři sestry (Three Sisters). The latter has even prepared an entirely new song for Pilsner Fest and will play it live for the very first time in Pilsen. A unique sort of musical carousel has also been prepared to introduce each band. As the band on stage winds down its performance, it will play something from the repertoire of the band following them up. Visitors will therefore be treated to an incredibly diverse combination of musical styles: Tři sestry playing something famous from Xindl X, Visací Zámek (Padlock) trying a bit of hip-hop ala Kapitán Láska (The Captain of Love), or Jirka Macháček gritting his teeth and launching into a song by Sunshine.

There will be plenty of unique beer specials to keep your tastebuds alert, while traditional snacks will be available to soak up any excess alcohol!  The best bit? Entry to the festival is FREE of charge.

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Gastronomic Adventures at Hotel Monte Mulini

Hotel Monte Mulini
Hotel Monte Mulini

Istria prides itself on being the gastronomic capital of Croatia and foodies in the know will already be well aware of this culinary hotbed. The 5-star Hotel Monte Mulini perfectly showcases the region’s delicacies from award winning wines and fresh truffles to a range of seafood including oysters and spider crabs.

The hotel’s traditionally styled Wine Vault restaurant features an extensive wine cellar with an impressive selection of 550 award-winning Croatian and international wines personally selected by Croatia’s leading sommelier, Emil Perdec.

Twice winner of the prestigious Trophée Ruinart in France, popularly known as the European Championship for Sommeliers, Emil Perdec is working alongside renowned chef Tomislav Gretic, who opened Dubai’s Asia de Cuba and perfected his craft at Zurich’s Dolder Grand and Dubrovnik’s Palace Hotel, to establish the Hotel Monte Mulini, as Istria’s leading destination for wine connoisseurs and gourmets.

Hotel Monte Mulini
Hotel Monte Mulini

With two of the most popular types of Croatian wine, the crisp Malvazija and full-bodied Teran produced in Istria there is little wonder the region is now recognised as a top food and wine destination by food writers and wine connoisseurs all over the world.

In both the Wine Vault and Hotel Monte Mulini’s Mediterraneo restaurant, chef Gretic serves delicious French-Mediterranean concoctions that include local produce such as heady white truffles, wild asparagus, freshly caught seafood and fish and Istrian prosciutto.

Istria is a year round destination and the hotel’s menu changes daily. Spring is the season for wild asparagus, summer and autumn for black truffles and autumn and winter for famous white truffles – real gourmets will know this is when the truffles are at their finest. During truffle season truffle fans will be delighted to find they feature heavily on each menu and are often served with every course, even the ice cream! To help truffle aficionados get to the source of their desire, The Hotel Monte Mulini can arrange truffle hunts for guests, and participants even get to keep the truffles they find!

Room rates at Hotel Monte Mulini start from €235 including breakfast and VAT for a double room. For further information or reservations please visit or call +385 (0)52 636 000.

Truffle hunting can be arranged and booked at the hotel. This costs €120 per hr or €350 per half day and participants get to keep the truffles.

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Taste Hungary: Gastronomic Tours

Taste HungaryI came across the company, Taste Hungary, a few months ago.  It is the ideal tour company for those seeking a truly traditional and incredibly gastronomic experience in Central Europe.   The bespoke tour company based in Budapest specialises in food, wine, and market tours in Budapest and Hungary.  They offer personalised travel experiences featuring fantastic food and wine, and of course, a bounty of local culture.

The private, custom-planned wine trips are centered around exploring the Hungarian wine regions, but also include visits to beautiful scenery including UNESCO World Heritage sites and the opportunity to taste delicious local food, take part in active pursuits, and relax at rejuvenating bath house visits. Local contacts and inside knowledge are the key to good travel experiences, and traveling with Taste Hungary will feel like hanging out with local friends showing you their favorite spots.

Taste Hungary

Taste Hungary’s owner, Carolyn Banfalvi, believes that experiencing Hungary’s food and wine is the best way to learn about Hungarian culture and traditions.  She shows her guests that there is so much more to Hungarian cuisine than goulash and paprika, and inspires passions in and love of Hungarian food and wine. Eating and drinking have always been Carolyn’s favourite aspects of travelling.  After considerable research, which culminated in the publication of the award-winning culinary guidebooks: Food Wine Budapest and The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary, showing the ultimate in every aspect Hungary has to offer.

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