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Thursday morning, November, 15  at the  famous Café Gerbeaud was held a press conference. It is a just a few steps to be in the middle of  Budapest’s  Downtown area at the Vörösmarthy Square.  The members of the press and media were called by Ms. Zsófia Vitézy, Budapest Festival and Touristic Center – Non-Profit Ltd., Mr. Mikós Csómos, Deputy Lord Mayor, Ms. Edit Dávid, Municipality City of Kalocsa, Mr. Kristóf Gáncs, HIA National Charity Organization, Mr. Endre Zsolnay “Santa Claus” Chocolate Manufactory, Mr. Gergely Lomniczi, organiser of the Advent Fair …  to hear and spread the news about the upcoming feast of Advent in days and weeks ahead at one of Budapest’s beautiful square.

The Europe’s Xmas markets are all about reclaiming the magic, seeing the pixie dust in the air and soaking up in the feeling of Advent. Here Budapest is welcoming you to the enchanting stalls, selling unique handi-crafts gifts among its 122 wooden huts.

This year the famous City of “Kalocsa” will be the guest at the fair. At least two things will ring the bell when it comes to the city named Kalocsa… one is  for its hell string and mild Paprika the other is by its  folks handwork of the „kalocsai” motives. They will highlight the market with their famous Hungarian traditional textiles, Paprika and hand-crafts which are pretty well-known by many or aren’t yet known by the visiting tourist. Well here is the time to get to know and this time needn’t have to travel to the city to purchase their original trademarks. A splendid occasion to meet the folks from Kalocsa and to pick one or two gifts as a present to family or friends for Xmas.

Grand Place at the “Vörösmarthy” Square is being transformed to the traditional spirit of the season’s “winter-wonderland” keeping fingers crossed for a bit of snow-dust as well.

The Vörösmathy square will be dressed in hand-made Xmas decorations that will lay a home to a huge Xmas tree which was brought from the PILIS mountains.Not only the Xmas tree will be dress up, but  mind you “visitors” in this chilly season better dress up with one or two comfy furs 🙂  The whole square will be on with the stunning Xmas lights. Anybody who will pay a visit, will be right into the heart of the Xmas spirit! Talking about the Xmas spirit, the huge Xmas tree will be for many as the only Xmas tree to stand by its side.

At the press conference it was also pointed out the importance to support the needy. The organizers wished to show their way of helping hands as to have fundraising on the spot. Especially, to give support to those living within daily hardship and difficulties. The organizers of the Budapest Xmas Fair mutually with the HIA National Charity Organization calls for everyone rolling along to the Advent Fair as to “Feed Hungary for Love”. Ont he spot there will be small, red colored card box filled with some chocolates and small gifts. The fund-raising income will go to the HIA National Charity Organization and will be distributed to the neediest.

Upon the press conference went for a stroll to look around and many hardworking quicky hands were on the job to dress the Vörösmarthy Square into a glamour Advent Fair. Talking about the wooden huts, to escape the bite from the chilly winter air go for a mug, taste the white or red special Hungarian mulled wine. Having a mug or two will surely make your day. These mugs were especially-made for you to warm you up and tune you into the Xmas feeling. Once you buy one mulled wine the mug is yours. Can take it home afterwards. So Xmas is in the air and so are the mouth-watering smell of good food. Just mentioning a couple of delights you can only have the taste in Hungary and of course at the Xmas Fair: stuff cabbage, Hungarian gulyás … many abroad prepare it as a stew. No!… it is not a stew, it is a heavy soup. Also a variety of sausages filled with duck, goose or pork meat as well. For the fish lovers they won’t be disappointed, the fish food will not be missing  At the same time the yummy Hungarian goose liver will surely make its way to be tasted, loved and brought. Cannot leave the scene without not tasting the delicious festive treats, the “rétes”, the “Hungarian strudel” and of course the so-called “kenyérlángos” a kinda flat bread with delicious ingredients on top and repaired just beside you in a furnace. Gingerbread biscuits in many shapes.The Hungarian folk art motives are very rich and many are baked of course with the use of the gingerbread. Also the gingerbread Santa Claus can be purchased in many shapes and forms. Porcelain dolls, rugs, small wooden kitchen accessories  and silver jewellery made by local artists will be there as well. So as the song says: “sugar and spice and all things nice” will be absolutely available. These aren’t just your regular old tourist souvenirs. See the genuine crafts made beautiful carved traditional wooden children’s toys. Hand-made candles. Xmas tree decorations which are made by local and regional artists with love and affection. Dress-up your own tree with some Hungarian decorations and get some for your friends, family and the lucky loved one.

This year,  like in the previous years there will be a huge advent calendar to see how close we are knocking to Xmas-time.

During the six weeks ahead, for the little ones there  will be plenty to do as  being at the daily workshops, children’s theater to be visited. On the 6th of December Santa Claus from Finland will land at the Vörösmarthy Square to carefully note the little kids request on his list. The organizers haven’t forgotten to have the daily advent music concerts  just like int he previous year at the Vörösmarthy Square.

So overall, could have made a long list of what to eat, drink and enjoy at the ceremonial robes dressed at the Vörösmarthy Square’s Advent Fair, but the personal experiences are the best and Budapest shows it best to you.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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