Vilnius, Lithuania’s vibrant capital, is all set to welcome spring with a unique blend of festivities that showcase the city’s rich cultural heritage and innovative spirit.
From traditional celebrations like the Lithuanian Shrove Tuesday to the novel Donut Festival and the time-honored Kaziukas Fair, there’s something for everyone this season.
On February 13th, the city comes alive with Užgavėnės, Lithuania’s take on Mardi Gras, celebrated with enthusiasm and traditional customs. This day-long event is filled with laughter, games, and the consumption of pancakes, symbolizing health and strength for the year ahead. In a delightful twist, this year’s celebration is enhanced with the inaugural Donut Festival, adding a sugary note to the day’s festivities.
February is still considered as winter but no worries, if you visit Vilnius in this season, the city still also offers a plethora of winter activities, ensuring that visitors can enjoy the charm and beauty of Lithuania’s capital even in the colder months.
The Donut Festival, running from February 1st to 14th in Vilnius Old Town, promises a creative farewell to winter. Hosted by the Stiklo Quartier, known for its inventive initiatives, the festival will feature a variety of international treats, merging the joy of Užgavėnės with a global culinary experience.
Donut Festival Menu
AUGUSTAS IR BARBORA Love Story Cafe (Stiklių g. 7)
Fluffy cottage cheese cones
COZY (Dominikonų g. 10)
Legendary custard pancakes
MAURIZIO’S ITALIAN FOOD (Didžioji g. 19a)
Bombollini Italian donuts
PULPO TAPAS BAR (Stiklių g. 16)
PUARO (M. Antokokolskio g. 13)
Belgian waffles with ice cream
STIKLIŲ PONIŲ LAIMĖ (Stiklių g. 14)
Pancakes with cottage cheese
Donuts with cabbage/mushrooms
MARKUS IR KO (M. Antokokolskio g. 11)
Pancakes with caviar
Pancakes with prawns
Pancakes with ice cream and hot chocolate
LOKYS (Stiklių g. 8)
Beigel with venison
BALZAC (Savičiaus g. 7)
KEPYKLĖLĖ GRŪDAS (Senatorių pasažas)
Set in the historical Stiklo Quarter of Vilnius Old Town, the festival is a must-visit for food enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike. It offers a unique opportunity to indulge in a wide range of Mardi Gras delicacies, from churros to pancakes with caviar, amidst the charm of the city’s ancient streets.
The Kaziukas Fair, another highlight of Vilnius’s spring calendar, takes place in early March, signaling the start of the season. This grand event, which is free for everyone, rooted in the canonization of Grand Duke Casimir in the 17th century, transforms the city center into a bustling marketplace of crafts, food, and music.
Visitors to the Kaziukas Fair can expect a vibrant atmosphere filled with live performances, traditional Lithuanian treats like baranka and gingerbread, and a variety of handcrafted goods. The fair’s lively stalls, spread across Gediminas Street and surrounding areas, offer an authentic taste of Lithuania’s cultural richness.
TOP 3 REASONS TO VISIT KAZIUKAS FAIR
1. Find Everything in One Place
The Kaziukas Fair is a one-stop destination for an incredibly diverse range of items, truly offering something for everyone. With an extensive array of traders and artisans participating, visitors are guaranteed to find items that cater to their tastes.
From charming trinkets to real art pieces, traditional handicrafts from across Lithuania, and numerous examples of modern design, the fair is a treasure trove for shoppers.
2. Experience Vilnius and Lithuanian Traditions
There’s no better way to get acquainted with Vilnius and the rich traditions of Lithuania than by visiting the Kaziukas Fair.
This event, with a history spanning over 400 years, stands as a testament to Lithuania’s enduring cultural heritage in an ever-evolving country.
3. Savor Traditional Lithuanian Dishes
The fair is also a culinary haven, offering the perfect chance to taste a broad spectrum of traditional Lithuanian cuisine.
From various breads, meats, and dairy products to honey, herbs, sweets, and the renowned Lithuanian homemade beer, the Kaziukas Fair invites you to explore new flavors and indulge in the country’s gastronomic delights.