Christmas Markets - Food/Drink

Christmas food & drink

A helpful guide to popular food and drink whilst your away...

What makes Christmas Markets so special?

It has to be the food and drink and luckily for us, the European markets are full of delicious treats. Here’s our guide to making the most from your experience with the best things to indulge in during your time in these spectacular outdoor settings. Of course it wouldn’t be a Christmas market without mulled wine so we’ve also included the local names for this festive staple.

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Christmas food and drink

Our Guide to festive food and drink

Christmas food and drink you will find in:
Germany


Stollen

Germany is thought to be the home of Christmas Markets and if that is the case you won’t be surprised when it comes to the food and drink on offer. You’ll come across beer on tap quite easily and, of course, what could be more German than a Brätwurst sausage? You also find a great selection of Stollen, a traditional German Christmas bread weighing 4.4kg.

Christmas food and drink you will find in:
Austria


gingerbread hearts

The traditions between Austria and Germany differ only slighty. You can get your hands on the traditional gingerbread hearts better known as Leberkuchen and even find yourself tucking into roasted chestnuts. There will also be Giant pretzels and some mulled cider known as Gluhmostt to enjoy. Mulled wine in Austria is also known as Gluhwein.

Christmas food and drink you will find in:
Belgium


Vin Chaud

Belgium produces 23 tonnes of Foie Gras each year and the controversial delicacy is ever popular around Christmas. You can pick this up quite easily from the markets around the country but it can come with a hefty price tag. If something more novel is to your taste, you can get your hands on a chocolate sinterklaas, you only have to look at how festive this chocolate Santa is, how good it tastes is just a bonus. You will find a large selection of Flemish beer at the markets. Belgians drink around 74 litres of beer per person (statistically) each year so we’d consider this perfect territory for any beer enthusiast. The mulled wine in Belgium is known as Vin Chaud.

Christmas food and drink you will find in:
France


pain d’épices

Top of the list for things to try whilst at the French markets is the pain d’épices, a traditional spiced bread containing aniseed and cinnamon. If you’re heading to Strasbourg you can sample the famous “Bredle” cakes, you will find these everywhere as they are the traditional Alsatian Christmas biscuits. They come in a variety of different flavours ranging from cinnamon and orange to chocolate and coconut. Traditionally they are hung from Christmas trees and are almost too good to eat. Only almost. If you’re looking for a special drink, the breweries in the Alsace region produce a traditional Christmas beer, it is brewed to accompany the local festive delicacies, a perfect opportunity to combine the two.

Christmas food and drink you will find in:
Netherlands


oliebollen

The Dutch have their own deep-fried tradition when it comes to festive treats, the oliebollen. You may know them as Dutch doughnuts, or literally translated to oil spheres. You’ll have no problem coming across these at the markets, or poffertjes for that matter. Poffertjes are small pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, giving them a more spongey texture than a traditional pancake. For something a little more warming, there’s the famous Dutch pea soup, erwtensoep.

Christmas food and drink you will find in:
Luxembourg


Gluhwein

For such a small country, Luxembourg has a fair variety of delicious, traditional treats on offer. The Mettwurst will be a sausage you will more than likely stumble across in the markets. It’s made from raw minced pork which is preserved by smoking and curing. If you would prefer something more cooked, the gromperekkichelcher is a must try. Its Luxembourg’s famous potato fritter that’s probably best pronounced after a few mugs of mulled wine. The Mulled wine in Luxembourg is known as Gluhwein.

Christmas food and drink you will find in:
Czech Republic


trdelnik

If you’re heading to the Czech Republic you’ll probably be advised to try the mead. Known as Medovina in Czech, it’s a sweet honey wine that you will find hot and spiced and perfect for warming your hands. The hog roast also is something not to be missed. If you’re looking for something sweet and traditional, try the trdelnik. A sweet pastry made by wrapping dough around a stick and grilled. Topped off with sugar and a walnut mix, it’s delicious. In the Czech Republic mulled wine is known as Svařené Víno.

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