In the Farmer’s Kitchen in SalzburgerLand
The farm is where it all starts. It’s the place where our food is produced. And it’s also the place where the traditional Austrian cuisine has its roots. Apart from fun and relaxation, this is an important part of a farm holiday in Austria. In the farmer’s kitchen, you can watch, learn, join and taste the fresh meals right on the spot. If you’re lucky, the farmer might give away one of her secret recipes.
What you need to know: there’s a story behind every traditional dish. Simply ask your hosts on the farm about their favourites. They will gladly tell you more. A family’s culinary traditions are as old as the farmhouse they live in. In a lot of cases, there’s only one secret ingredient that makes a dish taste completely different compared to the neighbouring farm.
A Country’s Cuisine Reflects Its Culture
Originally, the culinary delights were simply the result of what the land had on offer. SalzburgerLand has a traditional focus on dairy farming. Therefore, cheese is an essential product. “Kässpätzle” (a type of fresh pasta with grated cheese) and “Kaspressknödel” (fried cheese dumplings) in different varieties are much celebrated dishes. Each region and sometimes even each farm has its own recipe. But no matter how different they might be: they always taste delicious!
Culinary Highlights in SalzburgerLand
Schnitzel, pork roast with crispy crackling or apple strudel - certain dishes immediately make you think of a holiday for food lovers in Austria. But every province in Austria boasts a number of local delicacies that can’t be found anywhere else. Also in SalzburgerLand, every region has its own unique specialities. In regions with many lakes, the most classic dishes are made with fresh fish. In the mountainous regions, you’ll find all kinds of variations with “Nocken” (a type of fresh pasta) or “Nidei” (a type of gnocchi). While the Pinzgau region is famous for its “Kasnocken” (a type of fresh pasta with grated cheese), people in the Pongau region love “Fleischkrapfen” (a savoury fried dough containing a filling made with small pieces of meat or sausage).
On the one hand, the traditional cuisine in Salzburg is substantial, hearty, but also sweet. On the other hand, it’s the heritage of old cooking traditions and food preparation techniques. Since the use of various herbs is characteristic for the traditional cuisine in Salzburg, the meals are also very healthy and energising.
From Grain to Bread
On the farm, you can taste where your food comes from. Do you know that feeling you get when you hold a warm loaf of bread in your hands? Have you ever taken a bite of its thick crispy crust after removing it from the oven? Have you ever taken a sip of fresh milk, right after the cow has been milked? Believe us when we tell you that you can taste every herb that the cow has eaten on the alpine pastures. You can taste the sun, the rain and the adventures.
Food on the Farm: Simple but Delicious
In the farm garden, you can pull the tomatoes straight from the plant. Get some basil and parsley from the herb garden. Add chives and mint leaves. And that’s it: the most delicious salad. For breakfast, you can go and collect an egg directly from the nest. Enjoy it with some bread and butter. Everything’s home-made: bread, butter and a spread made of quark and herbs that the kids can’t get enough of. You’ve been there when the butter was stirred. Yes, you’ve even helped the farmer and learned which ingredients make the spread such a mouth-watering delight.
A Cuisine Full of Surprises
Each of Austria’s regions has its own unique specialities. Meat products, vegetables, cheese from the cows in the barn or desserts. “Kaspressknödel” (fried cheese dumplings), “Krautstrudel” (cabbage strudel), a pork roast with crispy crackling or a cake that the old farmer has brought to perfection. On an Austrian family farm, every meal during your holiday will be a delightful experience.