Monday, 6 July 2009 12:00 AM
There are some fantastic holiday ideas on offer in Hungary this year as Budapest prepares to celebrate its annual International Wine Festival in September.
The eastern European country lays claim to a growing reputation for producing excellent wines and the event will give holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to taste for themselves.
The Wine Festival takes place from September 9th-13th on the terraces of UNESCO world heritage site Buda Castle, overlooking the Pest side of city and it's a wonderfully lively time to visit one of the world's most picturesque capital cities.
Around 170 Hungarian wineries will exhibit as well as a few other wine producing countries and it's a great opportunity to learn about the wines, as well as enjoy traditional food and festivities.
Gastronomy is a huge part of the festival and there are plenty of Hungarian delicacies to be tried, including scones baked on site, many varieties of cheese and grilled meats.
There will be around 1,000 wines to sample, as well as a grape wine auction, grape harvest procession, plus cultural programmes including many musical concerts.
On the Saturday there is a Harvest Parade starting at 13:00, with around 800 representatives from the various wine regions dressed in folk costumes and ending with a lovely show on the festival stage.
Entrance into the Budapest International Wine Festival costs around Â£10 per person for a day ticket that allows multi entries on the same day.
The price includes a tasting glass, glass bearing bag and two tasting tickets plus entrance to a few of the museums that are close to Buda Castle. Extra tasting tickets can be purchased as necessary.
The five day festival opens at 14:00 July 9th & 10th and slightly later on the following days. More information here.