Why we love the taste of autumn.
Nothing against pumpkin-spice latte and sweet-potato burgers. But have you ever tried these specialties which will soon be in season again around our ALPS RESORTS?
Lungau: Schafaufbratln & Eachtling
Our first delectable tip comes from a region renowned for its gurmet foods, the Salzburger Lungau. One of its claims to fame is the Eachtling – a special variety of potato grown in the sunniest region of Austria. The Eachtling is also integral to Lungauer Schöpsernes (roast lamb), which will melt in your mouth after the traditional Schafabtrieb festival in September and October. To create this dish, parts of the young sheep are cooked in a "Reindl", a cast-iron pan, after being marinated with full-flavored herbs (ideally the day before). Plated alongside the roast lamb are horseradish sauce, lingonberries, along with the Eachtling we just mentioned.
Where can you sample this specialty? Our team at Carpe Solem Mariapfarr knows precisely where! Incidentally: As of winter 2022, we will be expanding our offer in Mariapfarr with the addition of Alpenchalets Lungau.
Salzburger Land: Harvest Festival with Bauernkrapfen and Apfelkiachl
Between the end of August and October, it is Harvest Festival season in Salzburger Land. Then, in 27 participating communities, around 2000 events will be held to celebrate harvesttime. These include the Bärtlmafest in Piesendorf, the HeuArt Fest in Annaberg, the big Almabtrieb fair in Radstadt (every 2 years) and Harvest Festival celebrations in Rauris. Traditional specialties served at festivities such as these include sweet Bauernkrapfen and Apfelkiachl doughnuts.
For the Apfelkiachl, the (sourish) apples are peeled, sliced into rings, dipped in batter, then fried in hot fat. Before serving, they are dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Bauernkrapfen, made from a yeast dough, are served with lingonberry jam or confectioner's sugar. If you prefer something more savory, why not try some sauerkraut.
For ALPS RESORTS accommodation tips during Salzburg Harvest Festival, please click here, the recipe for Bauernkrapfen is shared with you by Sophie from the Gainschnigg Alm in Raurisertal.
Tyrol: Törggelen with hot chestnuts and new wine
The Törggelen tradition actually comes from South Tyrol. In autumn, after a stroll through the vineyards, people gather for a drink and bite to eat in a local wine tavern. The menu may include barley soup, a hearty grill platter of spareribs, roast meat and sauerkraut, along with hot chestnuts as a dessert. And as the perfect accompaniment, you can "permit" yourself a "new" or "sweet" wine. In the area around Innsbruck and our Bergeralm Chalets, there are numerous inns that offer the Törggelen experience. Otherwise, from the Bergeralm Chalets over the Brenner Pass, you are not at all far from Merano or Bolzano where Törggelen is well and truly celebrated.
Styria, Ennstal: Schladminger Krapfen
"I prefer mine with honey", reveals Sissy, who looks after reservations and sales for ALPS RESORTS in the Styrian Ennstal. She is talking about Schladminger Krapfen, a specialty of her region. These are doughnuts made from a yeast dough, fried in clarified butter. You can eat them – just like Sissy – as a sweet variant, or fill the doughnuts with Steirerkas cheese. Ennstaler Steirerkas is a so-called Mürbkäse, in other words a cheese made of sour low-fat milk with a sharp smell. The cheese is crumbled to give it a clumpy, marbled consistency.
Carinthia: Cheese Festival in Kötschach
"Total Cheese" is the befitting motto in Kötschach at the end of September: The stars of the show at this international cheese festival* are this savory milk product in general and outstanding Gailtaler Almkäse in particular. The latter has even won awards and is produced at 13 different mountain huts in Gailtal. The region surrounding Chalets & Glamping Nassfeld is very special from a culinary point of view since it is also the world's first Slow Food Travel Destination. Thanks to exciting offers, during your holidays you have the opportunity to peek over the food producers' shoulders as they go about their work, or even lend them a hand personally. * The next cheese festival will take place on 23. and 24.9.2023.
Sounds delicious, doesn't it? Have we whet your appetite to experience harvesttime in Austria and spend an autumn holiday to your taste in a holiday home or apartment? In that case, send us a message- we will then find the ideal ALPS RESORT for you!
Photo material ©: Bauernkrapfen: Salzburger Land Tourismus GmbH; Gailtaler Almkäse: NLW Tourismus Marketing GmbH; Lungau Roast Lamb: Salzburger Lungau Region; Hot Chestnuts & Wine: istock|kabVisio;