The Lungau Eachtling
The "Lungau Eachtling", which is Lungau dialect for "potato", is a high-quality product that is renowned far beyond the borders of Lungau. The all-natural soil has a good humus content and is quite sandy - the result of erosion of ancient rock - which makes it ideally suited for growing the very best potatoes. The climate of Lungau and the soil composition are perfectly suited for the cultivation of potatoes. Currently, Lungau plants about 150 hectares of potatoes, most of those grown according to organic guidelines.
In 2005, the Lungau region was awarded the prestigious title of ÖSTERREICHISCHE GENUSS REGION by the Austrian Ministry of Food.
Typical of Lungau's Harvest Festival is the mutton roast. A sheep, which has spent its summer grazing in alpine pastures, is preferred for the mutton roast, or "Schöpsernes" as it's called in dialect. It is served with roasted Eachtling (potatoes), horseradish, and lingonberries.
Specialties such as "Hasenöhrl" with sauerkraut, a tasty snack with a selection of meats and Lungau bacon "baked mice", Tauern rye beer, mountain bee honey, Kaiserschmarrn pancakes, farmhouse donuts, or Lungau "Rahmkoch" (also called Lungau marzipan), are examples of treats that are offered in the many alpine huts, snack stations, and mountain restaurants.
Hiking and dining along the via culinaria in salzburg
Via Culinaria is the name of what is undoubtedly the most valuable guidepost to culinary enjoyment in Salzburg City and the SalzburgerLand: Divided into separate tours for gourmets, sweet-tooths, beer and schnapps lovers, cheese freaks, and hut fans, the Via Culinaria highlights the top addresses to wine, dine, and experience pleasant companionship.
Fans of "firewater" will find award-winning brandies in the Moser schnapps distillery in Zederhaus and at the Franzlahof in Tamsweg.
At the Hiasnhof in Göriach and at the Trimmingerhof in Tamsweg, cheese lovers can treat their taste buds to the best cheese made from fresh organic milk. "Organic" is also the magic word at the Greilhof in Tamsweg, which is home to 40 happy cows.
At Biohof Sauschneider in St. Margarethen, the Löcker family conjures up homemade pasta and bread from Lungau Tauern rye (an old Lungau rye variety).
Those with a sweet tooth will fall in love with Confiserie Hochleitner in Tamsweg. The potato-basil-chocolate is a true revelation. You will also find sweet temptations at Marmeladen-Magier in Trausner's Genusswerkstatt in Mauterndorf.
Meat lovers will be treated to mutton roast at Gasthof Brunnerwirt in Mauterndorf or at Gasthof Andlwirt in St. Andrä.
Romantikhotel Wastlwirt in St. Michael places special importance on tried-and-true cooking traditions, and you will be delighted while watching the head chef cook in the "smoke kitchen".
The restaurant Mesnerhaus in Mauterndorf (3 Gault Millau toques and 1 Michelin star) as well as "Die Stub'n" in Mariapfarr (1 Gault Millau toque) are exceptional highlights for connoisseurs.