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Snail breeder Andreas Gugumuck
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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 25 September to 1 October 2017. Each chef from the 80 or so participating restaurants has to come up with a special snail dish. You can find a list of participating restaurants at

Guided tours and tastings

The highlight of the Snail Festival is the farm festival on 30 September at the snail farm of Andreas Gugumuck with snail specialties from head chef Dominik Hayduck (from 3.00 pm, free admission). Viennese snails can also be sampled at the snail farm after the festival is over. The chef de cuisine serves up an exclusive 6-course menu based around the snail on three Fridays each month in the farm's 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

25 September - 1 October 2017

Guided tours:
Fr 8 September, Fr 15 September 2017, both from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Sa 23 September 2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Costs: €19 per person incl. tasting of gratinated Viennese snails, 1/8 l wine (Wiener Gemischter Satz) or non-alcoholic drinks

Vienna Escargot Farm Gugumuck Wiener Schnecke

Rosiwalgasse 44, 1100 Wien
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