FOOD AND FOLKLORE FESTIVALS

HISTORY, CULTURE, GASTRONOMY

All of the festivals we present here we know personally. 


Did you know that smoked ham might be a passion?
Did you know that smoked ham might be a passion?

MORAVIAN SMOKED HAM FESTIVAL 2017, March 4-5

Not only wine or beer can be sampled. The Moravské uzené (Moravian Smoked Ham), one of the local treasures, can be sampled too - we are sure. This is a festival of smaller producers, often family owned, who prepare this specialty the traditional way. Visitors can sample for free and appreciate the best one for free. Besides this, a wide range of different sausages, salamis, kinds of bacon and other delicacies are available in a wide range. And folk music, good wines, tasty beers, you can imagine.....  We are sorry, it is nothing for vegetarians.
Note: Because it takes place in winter time, it cannot be a part of any biking or hiking programme. 

Empress Sissi tastes "spargel" specialties
Empress Sissi tastes "spargel" specialties

ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL 2017, May 19-21

Ivančice was the most important region for "spargel" production - but more than 100 years ago. At tThat time, empress Sissi highly officially appreciated the asparagus from Ivančice as the best in all the Habsburg monarchy. Today this tradition is presented as a three-day food festival. The best chefs present their creations using asparagus to the public, while wine producers combine their best wines with it. We recommend coming on Sunday when there are fewer people than on Saturday. 


Brave knights parade in Český Krumlov
Brave knights parade in Český Krumlov

FIVE-PETALLED ROSE CELEBRATIONS 2017, June 16-18

A traditional cultural event taking place in Český Krumlov. This is a municipal historical event from the renaissance period, an age of the Last Rosenbergs. Visit past times, meet brave knights and pretty noblewomen, enjoy different processions and ceremonies in historic costumes and the art of street jugglers and comedians. 

This festival is a part of the Five-petalled Rose scheduled tour

St. JOHN´S DAY, 2017, June 24-25 

This festival takes place at Veveří Castle, which is just a stone's throw from Brno. The longest day and shortest night, the only night when medicinal herbs have the most enchanting energy and potency. A festival loved by all, young and those young at heart, heathen or Christians. Love magic, age-old customs connected to the cleansing power of fire, historic music and dances. Rustic and raw gastronomy based on many types of grilled meat and strong beers. And haystacks for those, who love romance! This festival is a part of the St. John´s Day scheduled tour

God of wine Bacchus
God of wine Bacchus

PÁLAVSKÉ VINOBRANÍ, September 8-10, 2017 

Pálavské vinobraní means Pálava Wine Harvest Festival. This is one of the biggest traditional events held in Mikulov, where traditional grape processing is blessed by the god of wine Bacchus. People taste fresh "burčák" (slightly fermented fresh grape juice) and South Moravian wines, while Moravian dulcimer music groups and brass bands, as well as traditional folklore ensembles, show their art. More information at http://www.palavske-vinobrani.cz/en/

King Jan of Luxembourg
King Jan of Luxembourg

ZNOJEMSKÉ HISTORICKÉ VINOBRANÍ 2017,  September 15-17

This historical grape harvest combines both the glorious history of the royal town of Znojmo and its preserved historical backdrop and viticulture tradition. King John of Luxembourg came to Znojmo in 1327 to celebrate his successful negotiations in Wroclaw. The town prepared a splendid program for him, fragments of which, including the traditional handing-over of rights to the hands of councilmen, can be seen by visitors to this day. What more? Naturally fresh half-fermented wine "Burčák", South Moravian wines, music, dances.... http://www.znojemskevinobrani.cz/en/

Glazed figs with mint-lemon sorbet
Glazed figs with mint-lemon sorbet

CORNUCOPIA 2017, September 23-24

We call it a "weekend of gastronomical pleasures". September is a time of warm colours, strong flavours and exciting aromas. This festival presents the best seasonal products connected to chateau cuisine and takes place at the Veveří Castle near Brno. Chefs present their culinary arts based on fish and game, mushrooms and everything full of taste brought from the autumn fields and meadows. The perfect time to sample young wines, old cheeses, sweet chestnuts.... This festival is a part of the Cornucopia scheduled tour.