Bauernherbst logo at Kuchl market ©tvbkuchl

The Tennengauer celebrates its traditions

Last Sunday I was at the Bauernherbstfest in Bad Vigaun. In bright sunshine a real treat! There was homemade food from the farm women, regional delicacies to buy, handicrafts and lived customs – what more could you want? At the village square, the Trachtenmusikkapelle Bad Vigaun played for a morning pint, Krampus masks were carved, a traditional costume fashion show presented the latest traditional costume trends and a Bauernherbst tree was also set up. The farmers’ wives presented themselves in a particularly tasty way with a gourmet stand and the regional menu. In addition, the Trachtenverein D`Schmittenstoana brought the guests closer to the Salzburg folk dance. Particularly delightful were the children’s dance groups, who immediately enchanted all the guests with their first dance, the “Kikerki”. That and much more was on the program on Sunday at the Bauernherbstfest in Bad Vigaun.

Wooden masks carving with Martin Roider
Farmer's Autumn Festival Bad Vigaun
Farmer's Autumn Festival Bad Vigaun
Farmer's Autumn Festival Bad Vigaun
Farmer's Autumn Festival Bad Vigaun
Farmer's Autumn Festival Bad Vigaun

And that’s exactly what makes the Salzburger Bauernherbst so popular with our holidaymakers and locals. Here one pays attention to quality, conviviality and increasingly relies on musical as well as culinary delicacies. Tradition, customs and old crafts are given a new lease of life.

What exactly does the Salzburger Bauernherbst mean, which events I can recommend to you in the near future and what you can combine the Bauernherbst with, I have summarized here:

Good to know: What does the Salzburger Bauernherbst mean?

Farmer's Autumn in the SalzburgerLand ©SalzburgerLand Tourismus
Farmer’s Autumn in the SalzburgerLand ©SalzburgerLand Tourismus

In 1996, the Salzburg Bauernherbst was launched. Since then, the number of visitors has more than doubled, enlivening the summer after-season in Salzburgerland. The Bauernherbst is a symbiosis between agriculture, various branches of the economy, associations and tourism and promotes cooperation between these groups.

The Salzburg Bauernherbst will be celebrated this year from August 27 to November 6, 2016 with around 2000 events in 72 locations in the province of Salzburg. The basis for the success of the Salzburger Bauernherbst concept is the enthusiasm and commitment of Salzburg’s farmers. During this special time, the farmers have always had the bringing in of the harvest and the driving down of the alpine pastures on their agenda. These special events after the end of the alpine summer have been celebrated for decades – but of course only if the year was accident-free and successful.

Tradition-conscious – Down-to-earth – Authentic – Lively

Exactly with these 4 words I would describe the Salzburger Bauernherbst. It just makes you want to go to the Bauernherbst events. You can be sure that there will be really good food, lots of music and you won’t get bored quickly because of a great social program – also and especially for children!

To ensure that this is the case, a Bauernherbst place meets certain criteriaThe gastronomy offers special seasonal delicacies from the region during this time, the whole place is decorated autumnally – mostly with lots of hay and straw, there are free admissions to the local museums and farmers’ market stalls at the events, in the music attention is paid to the rural character and the old crafts and traditional associations are strongly involved.

Edelweiss local history society from Kuchl ©SalzburgerLand Tourismus

In the Tennengau, the Lammertal towns of Abtenau and Annaberg-Lungötz, as well as the Salzach Valley towns of Bad Vigaun and Kuchl , celebrate the Bauernherbst. Here, tradition, Salzburg customs and original crafts come to the fore. Guests and locals celebrate together with lots of music and enjoy the numerous culinary delights and delicacies.

My event tips in the Salzburg Farmer’s Autumn

The celebration is held where the whole summer is hard at work: Namely at the farm and on the alpine pastures. And if not directly there, the farmers are always there on the spot with their homegrown products. In the Tennengau, around 40 events await you as part of the Salzburg Farmers’ Autumn, from the Harvest Festival to numerous mountain fairs and guided tours of local museums. For you, I have summarized here my personal Bauernherbst highlights in the coming weeks.

MeckiMusibeimHeuART FestinRussbach
Ingenious Kuchler wood festival ©tvbkuchl
Wooden works of art at the craft market ©SalzburgerLand Tourismus

All other events can be found in the calendar of events. Or get the Bauernherbst brochure at the local tourist office! Take your pick, drop by, and above all enjoy our rural culture and the variety of regional delicacies:

Abtenau: Farmer’s Autumn Festival at the Arlerhof Museum of Local History

Museum of local history Arlerhof
Farmer’s Autumn Festival at the Arlerhof Abtenau

In Abtenau people like to celebrate a lot! No wonder, because the events are varied and very sociable. In addition, the marketplace is simply magical and regularly invites to live music under the stars. On Sunday, September 11, 2016, however, the BAUERNHERBSTFEST leads us to the Heimatmuseum Arlerhof in the Abtenau Au. There, in addition to the demonstration of an old fruit press and schnapps distillery, you can expect local delicacies from local farmers, children’s bowling and music from “Joe`s Band”. Whatever the weather, there will be a celebration here starting at 11:00 a.m. under the motto “Fruit refinement: from juice to noble Stamberl”. Already the ambience of the old farm is unique and then the delicacies of the farmers…hhhmmm delicious! Another tip would be the RÖSSLMARKT on Friday, September 23, 2016 where up to 70 Haflinger and Noriker foals are driven up.

Annaberg-Lungötz: Lammertal HayART Festival

HayART Festival Lammertal
Donkey from hay

The annual highlight in the Lammertal is the HeuART festival. This year, from 2 to 4 September 2016 Annaberg-Lungötz is the venue. In weeks of preparation, locals designed numerous hay figures. On Sunday, the hay artworks parade through the village on magnificently decorated wagons pulled by Noriker and Haflinger horses or vintage tractors. They are accompanied by snalers, bands and traditional costumes. I don’t even know exactly how many times I have seen this spectacle, but it is a special experience every time (Heuart 2012-2015: Nachzulesen unter meinem Profil). A walk (with a large cloth bag) through the GenussRegion Tennengauer Almkäse & Berglamm enjoyment mile and the craft market is especially recommended. Here there is always such a great thing from the region and wonderful souvenirs for the whole family.

Bad Vigaun: Almabtrieb with farm festival

Almabtrieb in Bad Vigaun ©tvbbadvigaun
Almabtrieb in Bad Vigaun ©tvbbadvigaun

The Bauernherbstfest at the village square has already been celebrated, but there are more Bauernherbst events waiting for you. I would especially like to recommend the ALMABTRIEB WITH HOFFEST on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from the Niglkaralm to the Golleggbauern. At 8.30 a.m. the alpine animals are craned up and then marched off. At 11.00 a.m. the alpine pastoralists will arrive with their animals at the Gollegg farmer’s house and then open the farm festival. Here you can expect, in addition to the delicacies of the Bad Vigaun farmers, a Hupfburg made of straw and crafts for the children, as well as butter churning, horse shoeing and much more. The “Weißenbacher Tanzlmusi” provides the musical framework!

Kuchl: Ingenious wood festival

Ingenious Kuchler wood festival ©tvbkuchl
Ingenious Kuchler wood festival ©tvbkuchl

In Kuchl, PARTY is also capitalized. Whether at the maypole erection, Kirtag or Oktoberfest – people in Kuchl like to be out and about. But every 3 years there is something special – the INGENIOUS KUCHLER WOOD FESTIVAL! On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016 shows here wood in all its facets from 10:00 to 18:00. Particularly interesting is the craft trail where rake makers, chainsaw artists and many more can look over your shoulder. In addition, there is a daily farm festival with a farmer’s market and live music starting at 11:00 a.m.! Catering is provided by the Kuchler Bauernschaft. Action and excitement are guaranteed in the Lumberjack Arena with its show performances! And the children will not miss out either. Playing with wood and hay is sure to be fun!

Farmer's Autumn in the SalzburgerLand ©SalzburgerLand Tourismus

But there is much, much more: Liachtbratlmontag, Mühlenfest, Krapfentag and, and, and! No matter where it takes you – enjoy it and enjoy the traditions in our region!

There is much to discover!

Showroom in the Museum Kuchl
Showroom ©Museum Kuchl

After so much pleasure and tradition you feel like culture and history? Then take advantage of the free admissions to the following museums in the Tennengau during the Bauernherbst season. On the last page of the Bauernherbst brochure you will find the matching vouchers:

  • Museum of local history and monument farm “Arlerhof” in Abtenau
  • Museum of local history Gererhof in Annaberg-Lungötz
  • Local history museum “Mesnerhäusl” in Bad Vigaun
  • Fossil and Mineral Museum at the Roman Bridge in Kuchl/Bad Vigaun
  • Museum Kuchl

Mein Tipp: Bauernhof erleben & selber Käse machen! Bei der Bio-Hofkäserei Fürstenhof in Kuchl kann nicht nur feinster Käse gekauft, sondern auch eine Hofführung gemacht und sogar ein Käsediplom erworben werden. Dafür darf man selber mit anpacken und seinen eigenen Frischkäse produzieren!

Also in the Bauernherbst brochure you will find a listing of the Bauernherbst innkeepers, farmers’ markets and farm stores, as well as a list of all “Direkt vom Bauernhof” businesses. There you can buy regional products to your heart’s content by appointment. You can get the brochure at all tourist offices in the Tennengau or order it online from Gästeservice Tennengau!

Hay work in the Tennengau

Finally, a picture of the hay work, which after this summer also once again comes to an end. Now Thanksgiving can be celebrated!

Click here for the Salzburg farmer’s autumn cakes in the Tennengau:

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