The Wachau is a region which straddles the banks of the Danube, is rich in history and blessed with a mild climate and outstanding white wines. Surrounded by this magic scenery a Festival takes place that over the past seven editions has won its place on the international gastronomy scene. During its three-week-long program, the world heritage site of Wachau dazzles with a delicious culinary programme and the presence of top international chefs.

Over the last six years, "wachau GOURMETfestival" has been established as one of the most important international culinary art festivals. It is mentioned in one breath with festivals in St. Moritz or Rheingau and other benchmarks and has long outrun numerous traditional and well-established festivals.

The apricot dumpling, or Marillenknödel, is emblematic for the Wachau region. And it is also a clear illustration of how the Austrian people are open to other cultures. This delicacy combines what is originally a Chinese fruit (the apricot) with a plant from Polynesia (sugar) and an Upper Austrian idea for preparing food (the dumpling).