If you are looking to experience an old Czech tradition but in the middle of downtown and at a 5-star hotel, this weekend is for you. As a traditional start to Czech Carnival celebrations (typically called Masopust, which loosely translates as good-bye to meat), the InterContinental Hotel is putting on a Hog Feast on Saturday February 26 from 11am-5pm.
Zabijačka is a traditional pig slaughter usually held in the countryside, or at festivals and other events. Its association with Masopust is to eat lots of meat to keep your strength up for the upcoming fast during Lent. Thrifty chefs used as much of the pig as they could making a variety of specialties, which you can still find on Czech menus today.
To enjoy this day, you must like pork – a lot. Outside on the large patio next to the hotel, they’ll be roasting a pig and serving up roast pork and sauerkraut, along with traditional Czech pastries, lots of beer and slivovitz (plum brandy, another traditional Czech drink). Live music will add to the festive atmosphere.
Photo courtesy of Londo Mollari