Snail breeder Andreas Gugumuck
© Karin Nussbaumer

The Vienna Escargot Festival

Escargot is considered a delicacy among gourmets all around the world. The Viennese farmer Andreas Gugumuck has been breeding Viennese snails for several years and supplies the best Austrian gastronomic locations with his tasty tidbits. Gugumuck is organizing the Vienna Escargot Festival, which will be held from September 24 to 30, 2018. Each chef from the 100 or so participating restaurants has to come up with a special snail dish. You can find a list of participating restaurants at www.wienerschnecke.at.

Guided tours and tastings

The highlight of the Snail Festival is the Hof-Fest farm festival to mark the 10th anniversary of the Viennese snail on September 29 at the snail farm of Andreas Gugumuck. From 11.00 am, there are numerous snail specialties to taste, at 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm, Gugumuck leads through his snail farm, from 4.00 pm, a live band plays and from 6.00 pm, a Catalan snail grill takes place. All accompanied with wine, sparkling wine and Viennese gin (free admission). Viennese snails can also be sampled at the snail farm after the festival is over. On some Fridays of the month, chef de cuisine Danny Kuban serves an exclusive 7-course menu under the sign of the snail in the farm bistro. Guided tours with tastings are also offered.

Until the beginning of the 20th century, Vienna was a stronghold for snail lovers. Snails were particularly popular as a dish during Lent because they were not considered to be meat. There was even a snail market behind St. Peter's Church. Snails were served as a snack - boiled and with sugar, baked, or fried with bacon and sauerkraut. Today Andreas Gugumuck supplies top restaurants with traditionally-bred escargot from his 400 year old farm in the south of Vienna. Among his most noteworthy specialties are also snail caviar and snail liver.

The Vienna Escargot Festival

September 24-30, 2018
www.wienerschnecke.at

Vienna Escargot Farm Gugumuck Wiener Schnecke

Rosiwalgasse 44, 1100 Wien
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