"Musical and culinary highlights" during the Wildschönau Krautinger Week from 1. - 12. October 2014
The famous Wildschönau Krautinger schnapps isn't just a cure-all. The beet used to make the schnapps is also a integral part of many regional culinary specialities. The Krautinger Week at the beginning of October is a celebration of this well loved vegetable which has helped the region to its coveted 'Genuss Region' (Enjoyment Region) title.
Highlights of the Krautinger Week
Church Fete and Harvest Festival, Sunday 5th October
The Festival week starts with a church service and Harvest Festival Procession in Oberau. The Z'Bach Farming Museum then becomes a market place for local produce and handicrafts displayed to a background of lively folk and brass music.
Beet specialities in restaurants throughout the valley
Throughout the Krautinger Week local specialities involving the white beet used to make the famous schnapps are served in restaurants throughout the valley.
Beet soup or beet dumplings, beet salads or even beet strudel are all to be found on menus in the Krautinger Week.
Guided tours of the schnapps distilleries are organised in the Krautinger Week. The week is rounded off with concerts and various events such as guided walks, and farmer's markets.
Krautinger Ball, Saturday 11th October at 8 pm
By Decree of Empress Maria Theresia, 51 Wildschönau farmers were give exclusive distillery rights. This rarity is distilled exclusively in the Wildschönau Valley. 15 farmer's continue the tradition to this day.
The highlight of the week is the crowning of the year's best Krautinger schnapps at the Grand Krautinger Ball. An esteemed jury of experts and VIPs choose the finest drop.