If you’ve been keeping up, you know that a couple more visits to the Rathaus Film Festival have been on my Summer List. Truth be told, I’ve been a couple of times already, but I like to make it as often as possible before the summer nights fade away.
The festival is both for food and film. Many of Vienna’s restaurants host booths, and it’s probably the most concentrated area of diverse cuisine here in town. Austria isn’t exactly known for embracing the cooking traditions of the orient, or frankly anywhere else in the occident. It’s schnitzel and frankfurters around here, Italian if you’re lucky. So it’s nice to be able to go to one spot and be able to choose from all types of Asian cuisine, Iranian, Indian, even Australian- basically all the types of food we take for granted in the US. This year’s big addition is a Mexican restaurant! Hurrah! No margaritas this summer for me! Boo!
The movies are recordings of famous concerts, sometimes ballets, and are shown at sunset at the jumbotron in front of the Rathaus building. Wine is readily available and Ottokringer has their own booth – and all alcohol is served in real stemware- as it should be. And somehow, there don’t seem to be piles of broken glass about – it just doesn’t happen here.
If you’re looking for both dinner and a movie, check it out – the film schedule can be found here. The best is to work in teams: one to collect the food and one to scout for available tables to eat, the competition can be fierce!