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Largest vegan ‘egg’ to be fried in Vienna

Vienna will become the ‘vegan capital of Europe’ this weekend as it hosts the Veganmania street festival.

Largest vegan 'egg' to be fried in Vienna
Chris Geiser with a vegan pudding. Photo: Veggie Planet

A highlight promises to be the appearance on Friday morning of vegan celebrity chef Chris Geiser – who will attempt to cook the world’s largest vegan fried egg in front of an audience at the Museumsplatz.

The meter-sized egg will consist solely of natural, organic, regional and herbal ingredients – and apparently tastes exactly like a chicken’s egg but doesn’t contain cholesterol.

"Eggs and milk are neither necessary for taste or texture. I'll aim to prove this with my vegan fried egg, which is composed exclusively of organic and natural ingredients from Austria," Geiser said. Onlookers will be invited to taste the fried egg – although there will only be enough samples for 2000.

The festival will also feature vegan pizza, cakes, and ice cream as well as live music and acrobatic shows.

"The vegan trend is hard to stop at the moment – and we see that very clearly in our visitor numbers," said festival organizer Felix Hnat.

"More and more people refuse to see animals as food and production units – and at Veganmania we present alternatives. The beauty is that all are welcome, meat eaters too of course. They are especially amazed when they taste the vegan doner kebab or the vegan Sachertorte," he added.

Vegans do not eat animals, or wear products that come from animals, for compassionate reasons.

Vienna has traditionally not been renowned as a destination for vegans or vegetarians – with many cafes in the past assuming that ham doesn’t really count as meat and that vegetarians should therefore be happy to eat it. However, The Local can confirm that things have improved in recent years.

The Veganmania festival will travel onto Graz (5th and 6th July), Innsbruck (2nd August), Klagenfurt (16th August), Bregenz (30th August) and St Pölten (6th September), as well as visiting Germany and Croatia.

 

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CHRISTMAS

Where to find international food in Austria this Christmas

It’s always good to have a taste of home at Christmas, so here are the go-to places in Austria to find international food.

Christmas food
Whether you want the full dinner or just a beloved dessert from your home country, check this list of recommendations. Photo: picjumbo.com/Pexels

As we head towards another Christmas of Covid-19 restrictions, many international residents might be planning to stay in Austria this year instead of heading back to their home country.

But that doesn’t mean people have to go without their traditional Christmas treats.

Whether it’s British people searching for mince pies or Italians looking for the perfect panettone, there are specialist shops across the country selling international food. 

You just need to know where to look.

VIENNA

Bobby’s Food Store

Bobby’s Food Store is a shop on ​​Schleifmühlgasse in the 4th District and specialises in British and American products. It has a strong following on Facebook (13,000 followers) and regularly shares posts of new items in stock. Recent goodies include Mr Kipling cake mix, Bisto gravy, Paxo sage and onion stuffing and jars of Coop mincemeat. They also deliver to anywhere in Austria outside of Vienna.

Where: Schleifmühlgasse 8, 1040 Vienna.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10:00-21:00; Saturday 10:00-18:00. 

La Stella Bianca 

For Italian food and drink, residents in Vienna should look no further than La Stella Bianca, which is located on Opernring 3-5 near the Wiener Staatsoper. Recent posts on the La Stella Bianca Facebook page show Christmas gift hampers and festive-looking panettone sweet bread in stock, as well as plenty of Italian meats and cheeses. 

Where: Opernring 3-5, 1010 Vienna.

Opening times: 08:30 to 19:00 (seven days a week).

Monte Ofelio

Another Italian suggestion is Monte Ofelio, which is primarily a cafe but also does take away. Customers can enjoy paninis, antipasti platters, bruschetta, biodynamic wines and, of course, panettone. Monte Ofelio also has a small grocery store selling products from independent Italian producers at their venue in Vienna’s 2nd District. 

Where: Schottenbastei 2, 1010 Vienna and Obere Augartenstraße 70, 1020 Vienna.

Opening times (during lockdown): Schottenbastei: Monday to Friday 08:00-14:00; Obere Augartenstraße: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-18:00.

Prosi

Prosi claims to be the first store selling Asian, African and Latin American food in Austria, which was founded in the capital in 1999. The Prosi website says there are more than 10,000 exotic products available in the supermarket, including imported vegetables and a large variety of spices. Additionally, Prosi stocks food from the UK and USA.

Where: Wimbergergasse 5, 1070 Vienna.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 09:00-19:00.

Britwurst

Carnivores rejoice: butcher Rich offers free-range turkeys, pigs in blankets, stuffing, and a variety of festive sausages alongside his usual range of British-style bacon and sausages. 

Where: Online at Britwurst.com

Opening times: Not applicable

GRAZ

Buon Cibo Italian Food Import

Buon Cibo is run by a married couple and they specialise in selling Italian produce to restaurants, as well as operating an online shop. Items currently available on their website are coffee, antipasti, oil, vinegar, pasta and pesto. They do free shipping for orders over €50, or self pickup by appointment.

Where: Online at buoncibo.at.

Opening times: Not applicable.

Romania Markt

This is a specialist store selling produce like cured meats and promises 100 percent Romanian stock. Romania Markt also has locations in Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Sankt Pölten and Wels.

Where: Elisabethinergasse 10 -8020 and Triester Straße 330, 8055 Puntigam.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 09:30-13:00 and 14:00-19:00. 

LINZ

F&S Internationaler Supermarket

This store specialises in food from many different countries and regions, with a particular focus on produce from the Balkans and Turkey. Google reviewers have recommended the selection of fruit and vegetables at F&S and left positive comments about the in-store customer service.

Where: Am Bindermichl 41, 4021 Linz.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 07:30-19:00; Saturday 08:00-18:00.

Non Solo Vino Italienische Delikatessen

This is an Italian grocery store located in central Linz. As to be expected, Non Solo Vino currently has a stock of panettone, as well as other specialities, like organic fig jam from Tuscany, homemade Ragu and Prosecco. They even have gift boxes filled with a selection of Italian produce and the website also features a collection of recipes.

Where: Bischofstrasse 15, 4020 Linz.

Opening times: Wednesday to Friday 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00; Saturday 09:00-13:00; Sunday and Monday closed.

INNSBRUCK

Bottega di Parma

Bottega di Parma stocks a wide selection of wine, cheese, meat and other Italian produce. The shop is highly rated with excellent online reviews and it has a central location in Innsbruck’s Old Town close to the historic Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof).

Where: Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 5, 6020 Innsbruck.

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 11:00-20:00; Friday and Saturday 11:00-20:30; Sunday 12:00-18:00.

SALZBURG

English Shop

The English Shop is just a short walk from Salzburg Cathedral and sells a wide selection of English food and drink (as the name suggests). They even have a section on their website dedicated exclusively to Christmas products, such as crackers, Coop clotted cream fudge, Walkers mince pies and brandy butter. At the time of writing this guide, they were operating a click and collect service due to the lockdown.

Where: Kaigasse 21, 5021 Salzburg.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10:00-18:00.

Asiatische Spezialitäten Markt 

For produce from Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam and Thailand, as well as other Asian countries, this is the shop to visit in Salzburg. Stock at Asiatische Spezialitäten Markt includes rice, flour, noodles, fresh food, spices and drinks.

Where: Schrannengasse 2, 5020 Salzburg.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00; Saturday 10:00-17:00.

Elsewhere in Austria

For international residents that don’t live in one of Austria’s main cities, it can be hard to find international food and drink. If that’s the case, then try ordering online at one of the websites below.

British Corner Shop – for British food.

Snack Shop – for snacks from the UK and USA.

Beer Lovers – for a selection of craft beer and cider from around the world.

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