As part of the 25th Budapest Wine Festival was held the victory ceremony on September, 11. of the winners of the
4th Cheese Contest of Nations organized by the SZEGA Market – Budapest.
This year 15 countries were participating with their traditional cheese specialties in the contest. These were from countries well-known for their cheese production and were competing for the title “Favorite Cheese of Hungary”. The results of votes, previously arrived online at the http://www.nemzeteksajtversenye.hu website. On Sunday, September. 11. – 3.30 P.m. tehát representatives of the countries were present and the awarded cheese were announced at the Budapest Wine Festival’s grand stage. The cheese participating the competition were from Belgium – Charmois, Danmark – Havarti, Estonia – Pidupäeva érlelt gouda, Finland – Finn ementáli, France – Brie de Meaux AOC, Germany – Bördespeck, Greece – Manouri PDO, Hungary – Ranolder, Ireland – Porter Beer Cheddar, Italy – Pecorino Romano (DOP), Netherlands – Reypenaer V.S.O.P, Slovenia – Tolminc (OEM), Spain – Tetilla (DOP), Switzerland – Vacherin Fribourgeois (AOC), United Kingdom – Blueshires.
The final countdown was to be announced and the winners were: 2016 First Runner Up – Hungary’s with their Ranolder cheese. The Second Runner Up Italy’s – Pecorino Romano (DOP). The Third Runner up France’s – Brie de Meaux AOC. The others from the forth place received a plaque to their participation.
At the Budapest Wine Festival was an exclusive opportunity for the public to taste the 15 Europe’s best cheese and if by any reason not tasted these cheese in advance, there was an opportunity to taste all the cheese entered at the contest at a huge SZEGA Market Stand. As for the future, minding the cheese lovers … no need for having them shipping, because not just the runner-up cheese are regularly available at the SZEGA market, but other nations cheese not being in the competition.
This year the social responsibility has paid a role with the help of blind and visually impaired. The SZEGA Market goal was the special attention for the fundraising. At the SZEGA Market was an opportunity to purchase a sample taste box of the participating 15 countries special cheese for the price of 2000HUF and from each sold box the amount of 100HUF was for the aid to the Move – “Mozdulj” Public Benefit Association. At the Nation’s Cheese ceremony was announced the income results which indicated the gathered amount:150.000HUF. The check was received by the Association’s representatives on the spot.
Update and snaps Aggie Reiter