Transylvanian Festival Hits Manchester

The Transylvanian festival Góbéfest returns to Albert Square for its third year, entertaining and the masses from Fri 24 – Sun 26 May.

The ever eclectic main stage acts range from Balkan speed-folk-freak-punk to a young people’s zither orchestra. And this year’s free event also includes a family tent running activities throughout the weekend, including arts and music workshops and traditional puppet shows.

And here’s what they have in store for all those interested in food and drink:

Free Friday tasting events in the activity tent

2-3pm Discover the stories behind some of the most traditional Hungarian cakes and pastries and then try them out for yourself, courtesy of the Hungarian Consulate. Freshly baked by new Manchester foodie enterprise Hungarian Kitchen, they include the Rigó Jancsi, a chocolate cake filled with chocolate whipped cream and coated in more chocolate and Gerbeaud slices, filled with crushed walnuts and apricot jam and glazed with chocolate.

5-6pm Hungarian Wine House is an online retailer, specialising in wines from family-run, artisan producers. Come and learn about Hungarian grape varieties, including Cserszegi Fűszeres, Juhfark and Kéknyelű and sample some fine whites, reds, roses and dessert wines.

6-7pm Szicsek Pálinka is an award winning family business handcrafting this spirit drink from 100% fruit, using traditional methods. Up to 46% ABV, flavours include pear, plum, blackberry, wild sour cherry and mountain ash berries.

Food and drink traders operating Friday-Sunday

Szekely Csarda are a Transylvanian bbq and street food kings, cooking up dishes including pork and potato goulash and mititiei, Romanian skinless, beef, pork and lamb sausages. Vegetarian and vegan options including Magyar lecsó, a Hungarian take on ratatouille.

Kürtőskalács Szeklerland Chimneycake are bringing their chimney cakes-sweet pastries cooked on a spit – all the way from Transylvania. Chimney Cake Paradise will also be shaking cinnamon sugar over curly pastries, as you can never have too many barbecued cakes.

The Langos Factory will be serving up langos (deep fried flatbread served with toppings including creme freche, cheese and garlic), stuffed cabbage and goulash.

Szekely Falat is a high end Transylvanian charcuterie, bringing hand crafted products including black pudding, liver pudding, deer salami, head cheese (pigs’ head terrine) and smoked lard.

Istanbul Grill has a food offer including kebabs and burgers.

Bartha Beekeepers Natural Honeys originate in the Gyergyó mountains in Transylvania and include acacia honey, mountain polyfloral cream honey and throat healing honey.

Pompas Mezes Unique Gingerbread is a intricately decorated traditional Hungarian recipe  made for celebrations. It is made with honey and different spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Hungarian Wine House sells wine from family run, artisan producers, including the 100 hectare Thummerer vineyard in the Eger wine region. Try the Thummerer Trefli Cuvee, which is a sweet red. Also available to buy by the glass or bottle will be whites, roses and dessert wines, including the famous Tokajis, which sell fo up to £200 a bottle.

Szicsek Palinka is an award winning family business handcrafting this spirit drink from 100% fruit, using traditional methods. Up to 46% alcohol by volume, flavours include pear, plum, blackberry, wild sour cherry and mountain ash berries.

Csiki Sor (pronounced cheeky) is Transylvanian craft beermade from only spring water, hops and malt. There are five varieties, including the strong honey beer at 9%, unfiltered (6%) and brown (7%), which has ‘the force of the wild  bear’. Draft and bottles.

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