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Budapest Hosts First “Winternational” Gastronomy Festival – 2019

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District, XIV., Vajdahunyad Castle Promenade – Budapest

For a month you may taste the world’s winter festive meals.

December, 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020.

The organizers of the Advent Basilica, the most beautiful Xmas market in Europe elected on the basis of votes have launched another special event. Namely: Winternational is the first international winter gastronomy festival in  Budapest – Hungary.

What is actually Winternational, get to answer by visiting non less than delights from 25 vendors offering from 15 country‘s winter cuisine.  The organizers held a walk-through tasting press gathering by visiting the food booths. Entrance  to the venue is at the light-painted dome tent. Skip-the-line tickets, cause entry is free of charge.

As the visitors will be entering the venue will be greeted by eye-catching fairy tale settings: a lantern forest, light-painted dome tent, a magical miniature carousel for the kids to have fun on the chilly days of the season, and to view the iconic building of the renewed Liget park is just minutes away. Also reaching the spot many may be passing the Monuments of Hero Square and then will catch the eye of the magnificent sight of the Vajdahunyad Castle. 

When it comes to the winter traditions around the world may see not the same in every country. In Europe, Xmas is typically celebrated, but there are countries where there are other tradition such as the Western and Orthodox Christian. Not all keeping the holiday it the same way. However, when time comes in celebrating their special event, families gather and enjoying number of programs, along with traditional food and drinks.

In Hungary the main Xmas dish still kept tradition, for Xmas eve fish is prepared in several ways, famous Hungarian fish soup, baked fish with dressing and different fillings of beigli (cake).
In Eastern European origins flavor turkey with trimmings, keilbasi (Polish sausage), cabbage dishes, and soups.

Traditions kept around the world …. In the Anglo-Saxon culture, some regions  Santa Claus called (Chimney John) brings the gifts for the kids.. In Sweden, it is celebrated throughout December and traditionally until St. Knut’s Day on January 13. In Finland people believe that Santa Claus or Father Christmas lives in the northern part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they bring the gifts to young ones. Almost every year in Israel celebrate during the same time Hanukkah at Christmas. Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and it remembers the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, in Israel. This happened in the 160s BCE/BC (before Jesus was born). Hanukkah is the Hebrew and Aramaic word for ‘dedication’. In Australia, at this time of year it is summertime, schools out and celebration beside spending time to avoid the heat stay around the beach or in tents where the presents are normally exchanged between families on Christmas Day.  Santa sometimes gives the reindeers a rest and might use kangaroos to travel with the gifts for the kids. He also changes his clothes for less ‘hot’ ones! Children often leave out carrots for Santa’s reindeer and there might be some cake for Santa, with some cold beer but it’s often non-alcoholic because Santa has to drive his sleigh back home to the North.

There is also at this time of year around the world a certain identity for good wishes, spoken in local languages, for example: Sweden: God Jul, Finland: Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle and they greet each other by saying: Merry Christmas. Indonesia: Selamat Natal, Irish-Gaelic: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, Israel-Hebrew: Chag Molad Sameach meaning “Happy festival of birth”, Italy: Buon Natale, Malaysia-Bahasa / Malay: Selamat Hari Natal, Native American-Yupik: Alussistuakeggtaarmek, The Netherlands -Dutch: Prettige Kerst (Happy Christmas). Also China celebrating their most important holiday the Dongzhi Festival. So, if any of the visitors to the Vajdahunyad Castle meet any of these tourist may great them in the mother tongue language.

The Winternational is really just a few steps from the sumptuous Hero Square and the Budapest’s largest outdoor skating rink just across the Castle. Either of these hot spot venues are definitely to visit by tourists on the cool days. Spend your vacation, or relax  not missing this wonderful location while staying in Budapest making the fullest memories. A must-see and must-taste experience.

The gastronomy of these religious and cultural diversity was sought by the organizers to introduce and present to the locals, tourists staying, foreigners living in or outside of Budapest to  pay a visit to the Winternational Gastronomy Festival. Visitors can sample American (Buffalo Bill steamed meats), Germans (sausage delivery), Belgians (sweeties) French yummy (light vegetable and ham pies), Chinese (herbal drinks). Naturally, can be found in many places traditional Hungarian delicacies of the kitchen, and who are longing for hot drinks can have a taste of the delicious “AfterEight flavor hot chocolate, also with a touch of rum or with clove version. Also mulled wine and hot tea is not missing, to warm up the visitors. During the Winternational Gastronomy Festival, the Chinese Tourism Agency will permanently open a Pandah House with a special decoration, where besides the permanent programs (coloring, panda searching, photo tree) there will be exciting events, a fine place for the children to keep themselves busy.

But surely for the lineup of gastronomy delights the visitors need not have to get on a train nor fly over long distance and in hours to reach these delightful food.

At the Winternational feastival, expecting a decorated Xmas tree, don’t count on it, cause not all the countries at the venue keep … as said a bit earlier.  … the Xmas holidays in their country.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, Friday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Xmas: December 24. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., December 25 and 26. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December, 31. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Year:  Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Billy Wilder – “The Apartment” – Centrál Theater @ Budapest

District VI., 18. Révay Street

A trip back to one of the classic from Hollywood … Billy Wilder’s film “The Apartment” and after the great success, Neil Simon wrote a stage version.

“The Apartment” movie staring Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon are considered to be their greatest formation in the American history of films.

The theatrical version is out now on stage at the Centrál Theater in Budapest.

Director – Tamás Puskás, starring Kátya Tompos, András Stohl, Tibor Fehér and János Papp. The show also features Gabi Borbás, Lia Pokorny.  The theater play  has what it takes.

In the meantime, „The Apartment” stage production is in Hungarian language but for many will not cause hopefully problem knowing the story by heart and may concentrate at outstanding, marvelous Hungarian actors and actresses during the play. The ingredients are well cooked together having number one for a spicy stage performance, number two count love-wise and laugh-wise.

Over all the play in one-sentence … It’s about a young guy working in a large company, and tries to rise there by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but as time goes by filled with complications when the leaders ask him to hand over his apartment key for an hour or two and in exchange they will recommend him to fill a leadership job …  the rest is to find out at the Centrál Theater. Mind you the theater play has a little twist compared to the original film, worthwhile not to be missed.

Billy Wilder migrated from Germany to Hollywood and  beside other incredible movies in 1959 came out with “The Apartment”, which won 5 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director. “The Apartment” was Billy Wilder’s last great film.

For Monday, December, 23. 7 p.m. there is still available tickets. December, 29 and January, 6. already sold out. Next available date is Sunday, January, 12.  and Monday, December, 13. 2020. Tickets can be purchased at the Centrál Theater ticket box, but be aware they are sold fast.

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Aerosmith – live @ Budapest – 2020!

The good news spreading like wildfire … not otherwise, If  …”You don’t wanna miss a thing!” 

Your jaw dripping concert is to come on July, 24. 2020 at the new Budapest stadium, Puskás Aréna. This will be the venue for Aerosmith’s first show in Hungary since 1994.

The four-time GRAMMY®-winning band Aerosmith is the greatest American rock band of all time. They have announced dates for their 2020 European Tour, beginning on Saturday, June, 13 in Milan, Italy at the iDays Festival before continuing on throughout the their European tour.

Almost no need to introduce any of the member, cause Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), and Joey Kramer (drums) are the greatest rock and roll band in American history.

Over the years sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. Received countless awards accolades beside the 4 Grammys, they received 8 American Music, 6 Billboard and 12 MTV Video Music Awards.

Aerosmith took their place among rock royalty in 2001 at the 16th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, with the sign as the greatest rock and roll band in American history.

Tickets for the concert in Budapest are available from December, 13. 2019.  On your mark to get your seat cause  some of the tickets are already sold out.

Update Aggie Reiter

 

Hungarian Theater Award Ceremony @ Budapest Grand Circus.

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The Hungarian Theater Awards Gala was held for the tenth time on December, 17. 2019 at 7 p.m. This time the venue was at the Municipal Grand Circus. Emphasized theater directors, key members also arrived to be present at the evening’s award ceremony, organized at the Municipal Grand Circus.

The Hungarian Theater Society celebrated for the  tenth time, to express their thanks for standing behind the curtain to the best theater background professions at the Hungarian Theater Award Ceremony.

The awarding Hungarian Theater Society was founded on November, 24. 2008 together with several theaters in the countryside.

The Hungarian theaters Company, founded in 2010 by the Hungarian Theater Award recognizes the professional theater background and their finest theater employees who are committed to the moral and material terms. The award nomination on the basis of at least two state-recognized awards renowned professional theater and theater director nominating a joint proposal. Among the candidates elected to the presidency of the Hungarian theaters Company are award winners, who have received 53 awards throughout the past few years.

The festive gala founder and owner of the idea of the Hungarian Theater Award, Secretary of State for Culture, Peter Fekete  who spoke about the recognition of  unknown yet professional theater individuals. He said: Q.: There is one day in the year when those in the background, who through long days and performances support the play on stage, we should stop for a minute and look back, and thank them this evening, and we applaud them as a sign of our appreciation. This night is their night!”

The award of shaping a gilded ball was awarded to theater background artist from different Hungarian region theaters who had earned by their work, personality and dedication to the Hungarian theater. Half of the prize is paid by the award-winning theater and the other half by the theater companies.

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Eszter Felkai member of the Jókai Theater in Békéscsaba together with the award of the Hungarian Theater Society.

This year’s Hungarian Theater Award Ceremony was directed by Antal Tege – actor of the Jókai Theater of Békéscsaba. The artists of the Jókai Theater of Békéscsaba gave an awesome background to the Gala event with also musical programs. In between the award ceremony was stunning circus performances by the artists of the Yakutland Diamond Circus.

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Surf Back in Time ” Kusetté” Rockabilly Night @ Budapest 2019.

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Lock the Club

Friday, January, 31. 2020.

District, II., 1-3. Tölgyfa Street Budapest

Perfect way to end the Year with friends and hubby!

Continuing the series … The show must go on … Spin back in time, experience the wave of R n’ R age where pin up girls waiting to dance with Elvis … but don’t step on his blue suede shoes.  Or go for … Your the one that I love – with Grease giving the foot for tapping sound and so forth with breaking the house down in the timezone. Dress up in those rocky period costumes and slippin’ and slidin’ the night away.

Live music is provided by the Mystery Gang, led by Péter Egri. During the party, the songs in the most original and legendary form of rockabilly, rock and roll will heat the night.

Dress code for Ladies:  Tight denim shorts or period skirts, not to forget deep neckline, heavily lipsticked flare lips, bold eyelashes, hats, scarves.

For Gentlemen: Jeans, floral shirts, striped t-shirts. Join the party with thick soled shoes … wax and comb should be in the back pocket, hairstyle B rebellious and stylish.  Not to forget the sunglasses.

Age above 18+

Get your tickets in time: https://www.eventim.hu/en/tickets/kusette-rockabilly-night-budapest-lock-the-club-1174247/performance.html

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10th Anniversary of Semmelweis Salon @ Budapest

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Semmelweis Salon  – Where Art and Science Meet

District, VIII. 26 Üllői Road Budapest

Exhibition was open by Dr. Béla Merkely rector of Semmelweis University on the occasion of its 10th anniversary of the Semmelweis Salon. Fine art collection on display has been donated to the university’s salon by invited guest artists of the past 10 years.

Were present as well: Tivadar Tulassay, László Táncos, Edina Varga curators of the salon told stories of the past 10 years.

For example was mentioned György Vukán, the Kossuth and Erkel Prize-winning composer who has excelled as a dentist at Semmelweis University – passed away in 2013. During the day, after obtained his diploma practicing as a civilian dentist. Connected to his name is the invention of the DMA, a medical allergy detection device. In the evening, he gave concerts to his jazz fans.

Several former students were  also  participating at the Salon celebration. Little memorable stories were told about their own university years, and as they also became enthusiasts of different art disciplines. One of the painter told his own story, that when he heard  the crack on forearm he quickly flipped through his anatomical study book and assume where, which bone was fracture.  It may sound a bit bizarre  to flip through his book but was handy to know for how many weeks wrapped in plaster will have to stay away from his art works.

Also featured: Béla Szakcsi Lakatos pianist, who played Hungarian folk songs in his own jazzy processing

The exhibition will be on until January 14, 2020. The exhibition can be visited by advance appointment.

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Sculptor by Gábor Miklós Szőke – Telenor Hyperfa – City Hall Park @ Budapest 2019

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Every road leads to the City Hall Park when your in the middle of Downtown

District, V.,  Károly Blvd. Budapest

The interactive Xmas tree of the sculptor Gábor Miklós Szőke  on the the City Hall Park can be seen until the end of December. The Xmas tree of Gábor lights up with more pictures when many people stand on the podium.

Another attraction has been added to downtown Budapest last Sunday with the 10-meter-high Xmas statue namely: Telenor Hyperfa by statue  creator  Gábor Miklós Szőke. With his interactive work would like to draw attention to the true essence of the holidays, to co-existence. Ferenc Molnár inaugurated the installation with a Ferenc Molnár – (nickname: Caramel) mini concert at the fair.

The statue creator said  the thousands of slats of the Hyperfa is more than just a public sculpture. It is also an interactive installation that connects people with a community experience. When six people stand on the podium at the same time, the installation literally comes to life … music starts and is illuminated by a special light painting. It  lights up magic feeling for a moment and surely gathers visitors to the fair passing by during the rush hours, and for a short time reminds, of course not just int he Xmas time that being together is the most valuable part of the coming season.

The creator of Hyperfa –  Gábor Miklós Szőke, is widely known for his monumental public sculptures around the world. Already has left his landmarks with his sophisticated public sculptures in the USA and elsewhere. For the holidays, the artist has been creating eco-conscious little Xmas trees for the past 10 years, using the remnants of his wooden installations to donate most of them to charity. The Hyper Tree is not just a 10-meter magnified replica of these Xmas tree statues. It is an interactive public space creation that becomes even more communal during the holidays! “I wanted to bring people closer together. In the case of Hyperfa, “magic” can only be lured together, by the interaction of friends, family members. The tree changes its face in the dark thanks to the video installation on it, “said Miklós Szőke.

Caramel at the inauguration of the Hyperfa, surprised those who were present giving a mini concert. He come along with his wife, Szilvi, and daughter, Sofi. He said they are in charge  at home of the Xmas tree. He is pretty much surprised to see that at the end of November there is a decorated Xmas tree at home. The singer appreciates the time spent with his loved ones during the holidays and for the first time, he will not give a big concert in December as usually, so he can spend Xmas time with  his family.

The Telenor Hyperfa stands in City Hall Park and comes to life after dark between 4.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Local or foreigners  is a must  spot to visit and can capture the experience. Also with alittle help at the hostesses, they can make a selfie and can then access at hyperfa.elenor.hu.

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The Birth of Hungarian Whiskey & Premium Apricot & Plum Pálinka from Békési Manufactory

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Excepting the Veritas Wine Trading in Budapest call to join at the presentation and tasting learnt about the latest products of the Békés Distillery.  The main cast was on the latest pálinka and their brand new whiskey product.

The presentation started along with tasting the debuts of the Békési Premium Apricot Pálinka. The background goes …This year the Békés Distillery celebrates its 35th anniversary. They are one of the largest commercial breweries in Hungary. They have added new members to the premium product line for the anniversary … the Premium Apricot Pálinka and the Premium Plum Pálinka. The 35 years of expertise  is in each bottle since 1984. Békési was one of the first to get a pálinka license at the Csatárkert, and  throughout the years he learned all  what it takes in the profession. Success was not lost in the fog, because the tradion went on generation-by-generation in the pálinka brewing and to-day one of the largest managed distilleries and breweries in the country.

The Master Threesome – Békési Premium Palinka Family … Their most successful product is the Békési Premium Plum pálinka made from protected fruit, which comes from its 27 hectares of its own plum plantation and the fruit of the local inhabitants. “Our goal is clear, wish to meet everyone’s taste. Our intention is supplemented by qualitative competition in recent years has brought many exciting technological solutions, such guided by computer control after fermentation, the traditional two-stage and modern columnar technology are present in the brewery at the same time.  said Gábor Szűcs – Békési Ltd. Chairman Board of Directors , ”

The second member, the Békési Apricot Pálinka Debut. The anniversary of the expanded premium product line brought another new member. An exceptionally full-bodied and sweet-tasting fruit experience. In its scent, can find the citrusiness and freshness of ripeness, succulent apricots, and in its flavor give a hint to our grandmother’s apricot jam in the embrace of alcohol.

The third premium newest member from the Békési Distillery  – The Békési Single Barrel Whiskey in the line. It is the birth of the 1st. Hungarian Whiskey.  The Békési Single Barrel Whiskey, has been aged for twelve years. According to Sándor Békési – commercial manager, the idea as a whiskey consumer is not that strange, as the equipment is just as suitable for cooking grain distillates. It was only for the whiskey-like maturation that the oak barrels, which had been prepared by the casades, were lightly roasted. After 12 years of maturation, the Békési Single Barrel is bottled per barrel, with having the barrel serial number on the label, so it’s no surprise that you taste it side-by-side and some items, differences in color, fragrance and taste can be discovered. In the recent years, two more attempts have been made at the Békés Manufactory in aging cellar, one in Tokaj aszú and the other in barrique barrels, previously used for aging by a renowned Irish whiskey factory.

As a national distributor, the Veritas Wine Shop in Budapest is the exclusive distributor of Békés Pálinka. Its goal is no less than to raise the profile and reputation of Hungarian brandy through its premium products both in the domestic and international markets.

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Countdown is still on – Vote to Best Christmas Markets in Europe – 2020

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1. Budapest – Hungary

More than 280,000  have voted for the best Christmas markets in Europe.

The most beautiful Christmas markets in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary,… are waiting for your votes.

Beautiful Christmas lights, a gigantic Christmas tree, local and tasty food, mulled wine and gingerbread, a beautiful ice rink, original and handmade Christmas gifts, Christmas concerts, here are the ingredients for your next  Christmas holiday, with family, friends, alone or with your loved one.

If you do not have a flying magic sled, book your flights at the best price for a dream Christmas in Europe. We also offer millions of accommodations such as a magical stay in the Santa Claus Village in Finland and the best winter activities such as Christmas Markets tour in Vienna.

Want to make the most of your holidays? Discover the 100 most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, the most beautiful Christmas lights but also the most beautiful Christmas trees and the sunniest Christmas destinations in Europe.

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For many travelers the Advent Feast at the Basilica has been their favorit Christmas market in Budapest – Hungary for a long time, but it’s official now… Budapest number 1. The Advent Feast at the Basilica is the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe!

Treat yourself to a fun afternoon on the ice rink and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and traditional Hungarian cuisine. Do not miss the lights show at night: it’s the biggest 3D light show in Europe!

In addition to being the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, the Advent Feast at the Basilica deserves the title of Best Christmas market with the spirit of Christmas but also the title of Best eco-friendly Christmas market.

Advent Feast at the Basilica is held with a community spirit in mind: guests can enjoy charity-boosting concerts, and preserve the environment by using  eco-friendly cups, and cutlery, while leftovers are being recycled.

Nearest airport flight to Budapest from Vienna takes two and a half hours … Hit two birds with one stone … Visit Vienna’s Advent Venue and thereafter visit the Advent Fair at the Basilica on the Saint István Square in Budapest.

Not a question where to stay because there are plenty of hotels in the neighboring area around to the Saint Stephen’s Basilica to discover the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe.

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Basilica Advent Feast – Ecumenical Aid Organization – Saint Steven Square @ Budapest

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The Advent Basilica has become a major tourist attraction in Budapest over the years!

This is the 9th occasion to have the Advent Feast in front of the Basilica on the Saint István Square and will in the coming days will host a series of events. Within the series of event last Sunday, children of needy arrived from Kaposvár and began their afternoon collecting experience with the support of the Ecumenical Aid Organization. First they could have their lunch served at the hut. Thereafter, were divided into four groups, visiting four venues at the Xmas Advent Fair.  The children skated on the ice rink set up on the square and meet well-known people. Daniel Gyurta – Olympic, three-time world and two-time European champion Hungarian swimmer was one of the most wanted person to meet personally. He told … it is wonderful to see as the kids explore the venue and from the corner of their sparking eyes they enjoy the hustle and bustle that goes around on the ground at the Xmas Advent gathering.

Another guest, Kisztina Rátonyi – public media presenter, also skated with children on an ice rink set up on the square. It was good to see as they avoided tumbling, then their sense of success.

The Director of Communications of the Ecumenical Relief Society, Kristóf Gáncs told that their presence is not just a one-time occasion. The impact of these adventure programs goes far beyond one day at Xmas. For the kids it is a great experience and they most probably will not forget what it was like to be at the Capital. The experience remains especially for those kids who had visited for the first time Budapest.

During the Advent event anyone can make a donation to the Ecumenical Aid Organization. In return will receive the chosen gingerbread baked on the spot and brought at the organization’s donation shop. The organization can also be supported on the local 1353 donation line. With a call or SMS can contribute 250HUF to the Advent collection.

The Relief Society’s slogan reflects … “FOOD” for the hungry, “HOME” for the homeless, “OPPORTUNITY” chance for the poor!’

Last but not least … Maybe needless to say at the Xmas Advent Feast, everyone has to watch at least once the 3D-animated movie projected on the Basilica building. It only takes a few minutes of screenings along with music, start every 1/2 an hour, telling a different story connected to the Advent time.

For locals and tourist rolling by … can’t be hungry on the spot … noway to be because can make up for the hunger feeling that the eye catch on the spot. Real Hungarian food, strudel cake, chimney cake, wine, pálinka, champagne, soft drinks and of course the spicy mulled wine in the season’s chilly weather will do it right.

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter