This year, the month of May provides several tasty reasons to celebrate in the fair city of Prague. The weather turns milder and the city puts its food and beer on display. Here are two festivals, for gourmands and imbibers alike, that we think are worth czech-ing out.
Brew-ha-ha: Czech Beer Festival
May 22-31, 2009
Oktoberfest may be a standard in Munich, but in Prague the second annual Czech Beer Festival kicks off on May 22, 2009 (through May 31). Up to 50 brands of beers are featured this year, and large-scale tents will provide ample hop stops, as well as food stalls.
Taste, buy, and be merry! For more info, visit the event’s web site (in Czech only).
Gourmet days: Czech Food Festival
May 29-31, 2009
What goes better with a little beer than some gourmet cooking? The third annual Czech Food Festival runs May 29-31 (time it right and you could do the beer and food fest over the same weekend!). This year’s festival features the intriguing (and potentially hard-to-swallow) theme, “Culinary Sensation in a Time of Crisis.”
With food stalls and restaurant locations spread between the Charles Bridge and Manes Bridge (including some choice culinary stations positioned on boats and along the Vltava River), the event promises ”food with a view” and offers its guests tastes from 33 of Prague’s best-known restaurants in a pretty idyllic setting.
Delights span the culinary map. Aside from Czech delicacies, expect to sample Brazilian, Japanese, French, and kosher cuisine (to name but a few). The festival will also include some food-themed events, including the “Asparagus Cup,” which promises that attendees won’t leave without learning the many methods for using the lean, lanky veggie in day-to-day cooking.
Official admission to all events (including 10 food tasting vouchers) is 350 CZK (€13). Additional tasting vouchers cost 25 CZK each (about €.90), and a packet of ten is 250 CZK (about €9). Children receive a discount. More info can be found here.