Andreas Gugumuck breeds snails on his 400-year-old farm on the southern outskirts of the city, and supplies a number of local gourmet restaurants. The grower and online restaurant guide DiningCity are co-organizing the Vienna Snail Festival, to run from November 1-7, 2012 - an event given over to slow food and Viennese cuisine. The chefs taking part will create their own variations on the snail theme, and the best recipes will be posted on www.DiningCity.com.
Due to their outstanding quality, Vienna vineyard snails are listed Ark of Taste products. Gugumuck also supports Slow Food, an organization that is seeking to regain a place on the market for quality foods produced by traditional artisan methods from old plant varieties and endangered livestock breeds. Vienna vineyard snails were already known as a nutritious and healthy food in the Middle Ages, and long before that the Romans in Carnuntum ate them. In Vienna, snails used to be seen as a Lenten food. They were particularly popular tossed in garlic butter, dipped in batter and fried in hot lard.
Oct 1-7, 2012