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Snail breeder Andreas Gugumuck

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 26 September to 2 October 2016. Each chef from the 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

There's a festival to look forward to at Andreas Gugumuck's snail farm on 1 October - with a guided tour at 2.00 pm and a city festival with snail specialties from 4.00 pm. Gugumuck also offers guided tours away from the festival. The Viennese snail can also be sampled in the farm bistro at the snail manufactory. The chef de cuisine serves up an exclusive 6-course menu based around the snail on three Fridays each month.

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

26 September - 2 October 2016
www.wienerschnecke.at

Guided tours:
Fr 16 September, Fr 23 September, Sa 24 September, Fr 30 September.
From 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Price: €19 per person incl. tasting of gratinated Viennese snails, 1/8 l wine (Wiener Gemischter Satz) or non-alcoholic drinks

 

 

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