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Festival for Foodies
14 international culinary arts in 14 huts. The Ski Food Festival in Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach and at the Spieljoch in Fügen guarantees an unforgettable culinary experience.
There are some ideas that are ahead of their time. That tempt your senses with an amazing confidence. And that put quality before quantity out of conviction. Thus, four years ago the idea was born to take hut cuisine in Fügen-Kaltenbach to a new level and combine it with the pleasure of skiing in a unique way. Thought, done. The Ski Food Festival was born, and it was blessed with so much enthusiasm right from the very !rst powder turns and the very first fine morsels of food, it was as though it had always been part of the magic of winter.
Every Bite an Experience. "The nice thing is that all the hut owners join in", says managing director and initiator Martha Schultz. "During this period we are able to offer our guests exquisite cuisine in a special style across fourteen different huts in Hochzillertal and Spieljoch." The special feature is the well thought-out idea to combine regionality and internationality into a sort of culinary rendezvous, with the possibility to turn from one delicacy to the next. And so this year on 12 and 13 December, for the fourth time in the mountains, the food will be cooked up so that every bite will be an unforgettable experience and every stop at the hut a promise.
Initiator Martha Schultz
The amuse-gueules should play a decisive role in this. As tastings will be served at the lower stations of the lifts. What an experience! Glide up the mountain with an exquisite selection of finger food, with Danish or Italian, Croatian or French and of course Austrian snacks – an assortment that is certainly more than just a pleasure to eat. Especially since it doesn't involve you having to dig around for money, because all the goodies are free of charge.
Once at the top, the cuisine from 14 different nations brings to life a diversity that is unrivalled in the Alps. From Scandinavia to Israel, from Asia to the USA, there are truly no limits to creativity on this culinary journey through the Zillertal mountains. Every hut a country, every dish a message, this could easily be the motto. In an eternal cycle: swish to a halt, have a taste - and keep going. To the next piste, to the next culinary delight. And so in the interest of the idea and in order to keep the cheerful, hungry crowd to a manageable size, we ask that you make reservations for each hut in advance as there are limited places available. A three-course menu, prepared in front of everyone by award-winning chefs in the 14 huts and served against the magnificent backdrop of the mountain panorama, costs 30 euros. Martha Schultz: "This festival guarantees a delightful gathering with beautiful symbolism."
And for those who are still looking for the appropriate end of the evening atmosphere, a world of many delights is planned for Saturday in the inner courtyard of Fügen Castle: All of the restaurateurs and chefs will be presenting their specialities in stands so that visitors will have the chance to taste and perhaps also buy some of the natural and international gastronomy products here and there. Which is sure to thrill not only the guests, but also the locals, who come to look, marvel and chat. "Anyone who has ever experienced this market atmosphere", says Martha Schultz and laughs, "will certainly have an … appetite for more."
Images: Mirco Taliercio und Text:Michael Hufnagl
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