Patron saints of food, wine and arts move into Hotel Gellért


The annual St. Martin’s Day Wine Festival at the Danubius Hotel Gellért hits a significant landmark with this year’s sixth edition, as it is also the memorial year of Saint Martin, on the 1,700th anniversary of his birth. But the four-day event, which runs from November 10-13, will feature a veritable choir of the good and the great from the heavenly host.

Alongside St. Martin (judge of new wine and patron saint of horse and goose keepers, as well as of winemakers) there will be St. Gellért, of course (patron saint of Budapest and of the hotel which bears his name), St. Wenceslas, patron saint of Czech beers, St. Lawrence, patron saint of cooks, St. Martha (maids, housewives, cooks, waiters and waitresses), St. Vincent (another patron for the winemakers, but then when you are so dependent on the weather, you need all the help you can get), St. Brigid of Kildare (matured cheese), St. Cecilia (music and musicians), and St. Lucas (the arts). 

On Thursday, November 10, it is St. Wenceslas, who will take center stage. Beer specialties of the Zirc Abbey – preserving traditions of 300 years – will be introduced, along with a gourmet beer dinner. Guided by historian Csaba Katona, a beer history tour will wander through the suites of the famous hotel, where heads of state, movie stars and artists have previously stayed. 

On Friday and Saturday, the festival will put the spotlight on selected premium wineries, gastro exhibitors, concerts, contemporary art exhibitions, a wine tour and what promises to be a sensational wine dinner led by Hungarian food blogger and TV cooking show host Zsófia Mautner, and featuring of some of the top restaurants of Hungary. 

On both days the Hotel Gellért’s unique Suite Restaurant will also welcome guests; the luxury suit with its fantastic view of the River Danube is an excellent location for Michelin-starred chef István Pesti to introduce his Dom Perignon and black truffle compositions. And both evenings will see an after party in the world famous Gellért Bath Hall, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday with a Compact Disco show, and on Saturday with a concert by Kelemen Kabátban. 

On November 13, the traditional Sunday Brunch will bring the sixth St. Martin’s Day Wine Festival to a close. 

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