Perhaps Schloßkäse? Or a Moosbacher? or Tiroler Graukäse? Cheese is a big deal in a country full of small dairy farms. And you can get a taste of the Austrian cheese world at the aptly-named Vienna Cheese Festival.
- Celebration of cheese in all its variety, with tastings
- Plenty of other food, drink, and music, too
- 2019 dates TBA
- See also: Events in Vienna
Cheese and more
This is the first year of the cheese festival, so it’s hard to say what to expect until I get a chance to visit. Originally planned for May, it was cancelled fairly late in the day and moved to September.
According to the organisers, over 40 exhibitors will present cheeses and cheese-related products from Austria’s provinces and elsewhere. And, because this is how we do things in Austria, all accompanied by appropriate liquid (wine and fruit juice) and musical refreshment.
Much of Austrian agriculture is dedicated to dairy farming, particularly in the Alpine regions with their mountain pastures. Combine that with a traditional focus on local, regional, and organic products, and cheese is a big deal. According to the Austrian Marketing Board, the country produces more than 400 cheese varieties.
I can particularly recommend Bergkäse (mountain cheese), a hard cheese with a sharp tang like an early morning dip in an Alpine stream. The best ones will strip your very soul away and leave you a quivering wreck on the kitchen floor.
2019 dates and tickets
The exact cheese festival dates have yet to be clarified after the late cancellation of the May event, other than announcement of the move to September.
Expect to get your tickets through the event website (see below). A day ticket was previously listed at €5, with under 14s going free. A ticket included the opportunity to taste the cheeses.
How to get to the cheese festival
The Nordbahnhalle was the planned host of the May event. The area was once a railway station and is now part of a major urban development project.
I’m not sure if the event will still take place at this venue. If it does, here’s how to get there…
Subway: Take the U1 or U2 to Praterstern, or continue on the U1 to Vorgartenstraße
Tram/bus: Take the 5 tram to Nordbahnstraße, the 82A bus to Jakov-Lind-Straße, or the 11A and 11B buses to Pensionsversicherungsanstalt (don’t you love long German names?)
Address: Nordbahnhalle, Leystraße 157, 1020 Vienna | Website