Vienna Escargot Festival

Vienna Escargot Festival

The Vienna Escargot Festival takes place from 25th september to 1st october. The snail farming has a long tradition in Vienna.
Some chefs will bring the Viennese escargot onto the menu.

Since a few years Andreas Gugumuck supplies top restaurants with traditionally-bred escargot.

You can find a list of the participating restaurants here

Tastings and guided tours

The Escargot Festival highlight will take place on 30st september on the snailfarm of Andreas Gugumuck. Chef Dominik Hayduck serves different escargot specialities.
Guided tours with tastings are also offered from € 19,00 per person. (incl. tasting of gratinated Viennese snails, 1/8l wine – Wiener Gemischter Satz or non alcoholic drinks)

History of the Viennese escargot

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.

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