Every Thursday evening from May to September the Faaker Bauernmarkt takes place. "Bauernmarkt" is the German word for Farmer's Market and the Faaker Bauernmarkt is one of the most popular summer markets in the Villach region. At the market, farmer's and artisans sell their wares. Tables of schnapps, handicrafts, and crates of fresh local produce await shoppers. In addition to the typical farmer's market fare, there are also food stalls that serve hearty food that showcase the best of the region.
The Faaker Baurenmarkt is a popular meeting place for locals. On a busy market day, there can be as many as 1,500 visitors enjoying the fine weather and tasty food. Even when the market is at its busiest, people at crowded tables are happy to move over to help accommodate another friendly face. Expect to see glasses of beer, plates of sausages, shots of schnapps, as well as other Austrian snacks in abundance at the market. In addition, regional specialties such as Gailtaler speck, honey schnapps, and fresh Lachsforelle fish from the local waterways are also for sale.
For many people, the Bauernmarkt is a summer tradition. The opening of the market at the start of May usually signifies the beginning of summer. The Faaker Bauernmarkt is one of my favorite summer activities in Villach. Typically, my husband and I will go to the Bauernmarkt for dinner and drinks to meet up with friends. I enjoy eating the gemischtes brot which is an open-faced sandwich consisting of hearty Bauernbrot slathered with toppings ranging from butter and salami to fresh cheese with chives. Yum. Is it Thursday yet?
Chelsea Navarro is an American expat from California, USA.
She has lived in Villach with her partner and dog since February, 2016. She enjoys exploring the Austrian wilderness, drinking Villacher beer and traveling around Europe.