The Prague Food Festival starts May 26

The 11-year-old culinary festival is changing locations to Vyšehrad

The Prague Food Festival, a highlight of the annual culinary calendar, will be at a new venue this year. Scenic and historic Vyšehrad will host pop up stands from some of the city's best eateries and food brands on May 26 to 28.

This isn't the first change in venue for the festival. “In its 11 year history, the Prague Food Festival has been located in many different places. For instance in 2007 it was in Kampa Park and Museum Kampa, in 2008 at Slovanský ostrov and Žofín, then between then Charles and Manes bridges and partly on the Vltava river. The past six years have been spent at the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle,” festival organizer Pavel Maurer said.

“Half of our regular visitors were constantly asking what the next place will be. We gastronauts like to explore cuisine at different locations. This was the main reason for change. Another very important reason is security issues, which are complicated for an event with 17,000 visitors. Especially at the seat of our president,” he added. The event began with just 9,000 visitors and has grown to almost double.

The event will cover three hectares with views of the Prague and the Vltava river from baroque fortifications. Vyšehrad is even older than Prague Castle, and has a relaxed atmosphere.

Restaurants and culinary brands will be offering special degustation menus so people can sample what they offer. The festival has its own currency, the Grand, which can be used to buy food and beverages. Entry at the venue is Kč 550 and includes 10 Grands. Kč 10 from each ticket will go to the Akshaya Patra Foundation, which aims to provide Indian children with at least one warm meal a day and thus enable them to attend school.

New this year is modern Vietnamese cuisine from the restaurant Gao Den, Mediterranean cuisine from Nostress and dishes complemented by exclusive cocktails from Prolog bar. The Rougette a Pâté du Chef stand will have baked cheese, while Hummus Princess will serve its highly rated hummus and Barkona Snails form Olomouc will have escargot.

There will also be new wines, with a new brand from Bohemia Sekt and wine from the Baron Philippe de Rothschild label, as well as presentations from the Lobkowicz Beer Academy. There is even esoteric gemstone water, and water from Perrier and Vittel.

Other interesting stands include two types of barbecued piglet from Angusfarm, fusion cuisine from Aureole Fusion Restaurant & Lounge, European culinary trends from Bellevue, global vegetarian flavors from Etnosvět, seasonal selections from Chateau Mcely's restaurant Piano Nobile, Italian specialties from Ristorante Il Giardino in NH Prague City hotel, Asian specialties from KOBE, international specialties from Le Grill in the Grand Mark Prague hotel, seafood from Mirellie, Austro-Hungarian era dishes from Monarchy, delicious modern cuisine from U Emy Destinnové, and Indian specialties from V Zátiší.

Sports fans aren't left out. NBA player and Czech national basketball team member Tomáš Satoranský will be signing autographs at the Czech Specials stand of the Czech Tourism state agency on Sunday at 1 pm.

There are workshops and events spread out over the festival. The national team of the Asociace Kuchařů a Cukrářů will present Baroque for all the senses. Apetit magazine will host cooking lessons, and there will be a workshop on spices by Mandarin Oriental. There will also be a children's corner.

The festival will also present the concept “Don't Eat Dumb,” which encourages sensible and healthy food choices.

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