In Hungary, vegetarianism and veganism are considered quite new but growing. The number of followers is relatively low, although in the last two years the awareness is definitely rising. The Magyar Vegán Egyesület (Foundation of Hungarian Vegans) was established a year ago, with the aim of protecting animals and advancing the vegan agenda. There is an increase in vegan activities and events all year around. The number of vegan restaurants is increasing every year.
While traditional Hungarian cuisine is mostly based on meat (goose, duck or pork) there are a few side dishes that you can order in local restaurants catering to omnivores (see LOCAL FOOD page). You should not have any problem with the menus in Budapest since most are translated into English and restaurant staff usually speaks English. Once you leave the city, you will see that the difficulty to be understood will be proportional to the patience that people will have with your vegan requests (see VEGAN WORDS page to be better understood).
The good news is that you can stock up on vegan options available in some of the large supermarkets. Fruits and vegetable markets are regular options in the summer and sometimes in indoor winter markets too. Think of renting facilities with a kitchen to make sure you can prepare the food you like.
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