Gastein Valley in Salzburger Land is famous for its unique culinary experiences. This coming winter, we will also be treated to creative cuisine thanks to Markt:Auflauf in Bad Hofgastein.
The first Markt:Auflauf in Bad Hofgastein will once again put Gastein’s culinary prowess on clear display this winter. In an unparalleled warm and friendly atmosphere, guests will be able to add an array of palate pleasers to their already memorable ski or spa vacation. There will definitely be no shortage of creative dishes conjured up from local products, since experienced Gastein chefs along with the young cooks from Bad Hofgastein Tourism School, in cooperation with regional producers, will be preparing three special evenings. On 9, 23 and 30 January 2020, Hampelplatz Square will become Gastein’s gourmet hotspot from 6 to 9 p.m.
The name itself is intriguing since its meaning is deliberately ambiguous: Translated literally into English, it could mean either “Market:Casserole” or “Market:Crowd”. The intent behind that choice is twofold: On the one hand, the goal is to draw crowds of visitors with an appreciation for good food in general. On the other, the popular layered dish, which can be baked with a personal selection of ingredients such as meat, potatoes, vegetables, pasta, flour and many more, is very much the common culinary thread you will be able to follow from one market stand to the next. Young cooks from the Tourism School in Bad Hofgastein will be filling those oven-proof casserole dishes with an array of palate-pleasing products and allowing them to bubble in the oven until they are baked golden brown.
The concept of the event is regional through and through. Top chefs from a selection of Gastein restaurants will closely collaborate with the producers themselves: Local farmers provide high-quality ingredients, while the chefs transform them into exceptional dishes. At Markt:Auflauf, everything will be steamed, roasted, braised and boiled until everyone is satisfied and full. On each of the three dates, guests will be offered an appetizer, main course and something sweet to finish up. Instead of mulled wine, there will be teas made from herbs that were plucked personally – if desired, with a shot of the “hard stuff”. Laid-back music played by a live DJ does its part to add to the pleasant atmosphere.