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The winter season continues rolling along the wine-growing areas of Badacsony

Lake Balaton is the largest Sweetwater and shallowest lake in Central Europe.  Approximately two-hour drive from Budapest. Balaton wine region is one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary.

Lake Balaton besides being an attractive holiday resort, also a wine region of ten thousand hectares.  Before wine became a tourist attraction in its own right, Lake Balaton … the Hungarian Sea was the holiday location in Hungary… it serves every possible recreational for the need, sailing, bathing, horse-riding, walking, cycling, sightseeing around castles and nature reserves. Highlights offering private Wine Day Tours and Balaton Wine and Sailing Tours.

As for the latest newsflash, starting on January, 20.

Hit the road … rolling along to the Wine Routing event organized by the Badacsony Céh Tourism Association that will resume by means of an exemplary combination of wine growing, restaurants and accommodation in the wine region, where, from January, 20.  – June, 15 wine tasting and dining opportunities will be offered by other wine-growers and/or restaurants from week-to-week.

Hit the road … rolling along to Wine Routing. The Badacsony Wine Exploring Tour A Good Adventure in the Valley of the Vulcans“, organized this year for the 12th occasion. From year-to-year became more popular since from the beginning participating 10 cellars, this year 21
cellars participation have joined the program and most guests arriving to the region connecting their stay with other adventures on the spot. Badacsony and its surroundings are an attractive destination for wintering and spring.

The Badacsony Guild Association has nearly 200 members, including wine-growers, wine cellars, restaurants, entrepreneurs and other tour operators, as well as the local governments of the destination as: Badacsonytomaj, Badacsonytördemic, Szigliget, Ábrahámhegy who have realized that they can be more efficient by joining forces. The “tangible”results of more than 10 years of contemplation and collaboration include the Badacsony’s exclusive wine tasting arriving to the New York Café – Budapest on April 14. The three main wine-growing regions of the wine region, hitting the routes on the „Bortriatlon” Wine Triatlon, the playful race  featuring: the „Szürkebarát” Tour on May, 12-13, the Blooming „Kéknyelű” on June, 2-3 and the Riesling Vacations on October, 13-14. On May, 20, Pentecost Sunday awaiting the love couples to the “Rózsakő” Rosewood again for the traditional Pentecost engagement, which is an unforgettable experience not only for couples. Wine prepared named from this region may sound for foreigners like the home planets of superheroes, but that is the unique of the Hungarian language.

The most brilliant example of co-reflection and co-operation is serving the comfy way to visit by the visitors  touring by the use of  the hop-on hop-off  Badacsony Regional Bus operated by the Association, will be running again from spring, with an expanding schedule to serve guests reaching the wine cellars and so forth. The Association has been working on providing guided tours for several years, this tour starts on the 1st of April this year with a „Moonlight Tour” and a special tour for almost every week-end until December, 1.2018.

The Balaton area produces mostly crisp and aromatic white wines, though the southern shore is producing an increasing amount of reds. Badacsony is just about the only place in the country that grows „Kéknyelű”… an indigenous grape which is difficult to grow and  slightly disappeared … which is being resurrected by a few dedicated wine makers. The  wine advantures shoots off with Istvády Workshop on 6 p.m. on January, 20. (well recomended to be on the spot).

Detailed info.: www.badacsony.com

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Visit Gyula for many reasons … Chapter3.

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Reason1. … would be to visit the Gyula Castle Spa, one of the third superb in every sence at the bath of mineral healing water.  The members of  press were taking on a spa tour by Vanda Dombovári – communications and marketing director and learned once you are at Gyula don’t be on a run to gain that special experience. Enjoy every minute healing your body and soul. The Gyula Castle Spa at 8.5 hectare park of the Almásy Mansion, that also stands as nature conservation area. Each year thousands of Hungarians, foreigners from Austria, Germany, U.K. and from the other side of the border reach a number of 10000 guests per day.  A mass visitors year-after-year again returning as guests, spending short and long stays during their holiday. The Castle Spa has also a therapeutic contingent operating full year around with assistance of supervision of rheumatologist, physiotherapist and sports specialist. More than thousands of words can be said of the awesome  power of natural mineral water coming from beneath 2005 meters in-depth chlorinated healing water of 72C reaching 10 pools. but to feel the healing heat of the spa must Visit Gyula to have that experience.  It also has a 3-5 meter in-depth diving pool for adrenaline lovers. Slides cannot be missed , where there is a family slide,  the very popular “light tunnel”, also body slide and  enjoying the one and only in Hungary the unique sliding going upwards inclining the dropping in line tube slide in a unique way. Playground in the pool for small children with their Mum and Dad where they can explore the water world. There is also a nursing room converted as a special place e.g. warming baby food  etc. To enhance with family, friends  with a separate ticket can visit the Aqua Park where throughout the year’s 4 season provides fun and entertainment for all age to relax and heal at the same time at this 5 stars  in-and-outfdoor baths.

In between the visiting  the marvelous Castle Spa, before heading to the Almásy Mansion our day’s plan organized by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula and  Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office was invitation to ease our appetite at the another excellent gastronomy place, the Várkonyi Bistro and Bar. The food was just from the oven, yummy and top class.

Reason2.  to visit the Almásy Mansion … was a fine time to visit, because the temporary exhibition titled „Relics of the Martyrs of Arad in Gyula” is on view until March, 19. 2017. These martyrs played a huge role in the Hungary’s history, 10  out of 13 generals later executed in Arad for their part in the Hungarian Revolution, surrendered on the premises of the mansion at August, 23. 1849 and left for Arad to meet their fate.

Feel like going back in time and enjoying the atmosphere, relaxing as in the old days the residences of the nobility did. You will be certainly driven on the path of Hungary’s history lane by the power and emotion that the Almásy Mansion holds for the visitors. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

The Almásy Mansion has a long history … following the reduction of the territory occupied by the Ottoman Empire, Baron Johann Georg Harruckern of Upper Austria was allowed to purchase almost the entire territory of Békés County from the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the King of Hungary, in return for his services in the wars against the Ottomans. He set about intense repopulation in Békés County. A large number of Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans and Romanians arrived and settled in the county.

At the Mansion, there is a possibility to purchase, select some gifts from craftsmen of the Békés Country at the mansion’s souvenirs store. There are replicas of objects and items to take home as a piece of the Hungarian history. These items surely will hold memories of your stay at Gyula – Hungary. While exploring its exhibition it’s a fine time to have an exquisite coffee with their speciality of cream cake, beverages offered at the Mansion Café.

To reach both venues from Budapest drive on the M5 motorway and the M44 road and guests arriving from Szeged or Debrecen along the 47 road via Békéscsaba will arrive to  the City of Gyula.

Below a bit of background about the Almásy Mainson (source: Almásy Mansion). “The Almásy’s is an old noble family from Zsadány and Törökszentmiklós, were linked to the mansion through the marriage of Countess Stephanie Maria Wenckheim and Count Kálmán Almásy. Their son Dénes (Dennis) and his wife Ella Károlyi Almásy were very popular in Gyula due to their “infinite modesty”. The count’s wife donated large sums to support the building of the grammar school and the nearby József Sanatorium.

The Harruckern-Wenckheim-Almásy Mansion in Gyula also played an important role in Hungary’s cultural life. In 1746 it was the first mansion in Hungary to house a theater performance.The grandfather of Ferenc Erkel, the composer of Hungary’s national anthem lived in the mansion as a house musician and master of ceremonies. The great composer Ferenc Erkel himself was a frequent visitor. Members of more than one generation of the Erkel family gave piano concerts during soirées at the mansion. The famed artists Mihály Munkácsy started his career as a painter under the tutelage of Elek Szamosy, who was in charge of making copies of and restoring old family portraits and other paintings in the family’s collection.”

Reason3.  … Can heartily recommend to gain own experience, explore the real gem that determines the city by  Visiting Gyula!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Visit Gyula … Sights – Sounds – Gourmands … Just for You!

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 Chapter2. Connected update to the https://rollinginbudapest.com/2017/03/13/vii-gyulai-sausage-and-sodarmustra-2017/

Gyula is a relative small City, just about 30000 inhabitants. Yet, there are a lot of locals and tourist  visitors throughout the year and whether being a gobbler or just a modest gourmand, at Gyula will find the right place to  satisfy hunger and thirst.

Spending almost the whole day at the Sausage and Sódamustra press meeting, along with visiting the Gyula Pálinka Manufacture – tasting hall, went to the Patrióta Restaurant for supper.  It is a family business run by Katalin Nyári  and Árpád Csiszér since 2008. The professional service, is a real authentic Hungarian restaurant served real tasty good food. The chief obviously loves his profession, really nice flavours and creative compositions. His wife, being the service staff, has a diverse knowledge of wine and foodies. The interior of the restaurant is clear and simple, and very friendly, similar to the typical Hungarian small restaurants, but if you enter you feel more, because you will get a wonderful journey on enjoying the dishes. The restaurant is near of the center of Gyula, half way among the Castle and Gyula’s center. The couple pays a lot of attention to their suppliers, and to their quality, everything is made fresh. Was cared as royal feast, experienced the novelty of goulash jelly and those who prefer beef surely wish to recommend to taste the tender beef cheek with heavenly excellent homemade croquettes. Attention for the fish lovers …  the whole baked trout, fresh, tasty and juicy. Outside of Budapest’s restaurants, this restaurant is a small jewel’s of south-east Hungary. Also for the 3rd time ranked as the only restaurant in Békés county in TOP 100 of the National Dining Guide.

It would be difficult to put in words the wide range of delicacies surprised us by the restaurant, but the night was still ahead and János Kocsis – tour guide lead us through the quiet peaceful town. Closing the day turning into the night, entered the Guinness Pub – the only Irish pub in Gyula – where the welcoming happened hand-in-hand by Guinness on the tap and got loose with live blues music … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTNFgTroGSY

Last but not least, when thinking where to spend your week-end or holidays visit Gyula, where a handful of events, with sights and sounds to enjoy will be at your fingertips. A large number of hotels can choose by visiting the home page of  “Visit Gyula”

Chapter3  … The Castle Bath & Aqua Palace  and  the visit to Castle Almásy coming up.

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VII. Gyulai Sausage and „Sódarmustra” – 2017.

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The first whiff of spring arrives to the City of Gyula!

Chapter 1.

March, 31 – April, 2.  2017. – Mark the date at your Gastro Calendar!

Even though Gyula is worthwhile to visit anytime of the season, the coming event not in the peak season is to bring together families, friends and enjoy the delicious, mouth-watering yummies outdoor in the ray of the early spring.

This year it will be held for the seventh time the Sausage and Sódarmustra Festival. The main goal of this event is to present internationally with presentations, to popularization and to introduce experience-focused exhibition, by showing the traditional way with smoked products and sausages. One of the curiosities of the festival will be the “growers” trade competition. The Gyulai Sausage already been listed in a remarkable place of „Hungaricum”  goods and this festival is also a fine time to present by showing the traditional way smoked products and sausages are made. These were the introduction words by the Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula at the press gathering in the  Gyulai Pálinka House.  Also said, Q.: As part of this event will be continuing the popular series of guess the weight of the ham. He/She who guess at as closely as possible the weight of the Sódar will be the winner and to take home whole ham. A couple of highlights … Craft fair, Theme Park, participate at a professional presentation to learn about the “Gyulai Sódar”  at the HQ’s of Gyulai Traditional Butchers’ Association  guided tour to visit the Museum and tasting sausage. In addition to the 3Days event, many colorful concert program will be to entertain the visitors. On Friday, the focus will be on rollicking music, including the Republic  and the Familiar faces, Pernahajder Campbell, Over3  and the Dirty Slippers bands  step on stage. Over the years has become a prestigious cultural and gastronomic festival, which in terms of tourism is of paramount importance.” 

Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office,  spoke about the population of Gyula which has 30000 inhabitants. The city is offering so much to see and visit in the aspect of tourism. The city has 5000 beds at 3, 4 and 5 star hotel and a number of rent a room and apartments.  Mainly, known already by locals and foreigners who yearly came to enjoy the healing strength of the mineral spa at the Gyula Castle Bath – Aqua Palace. The opening of last year the Almásy Palace after reconstruction already well received by the locals and even visitors arriving outside of Gyula. The city’s main goal is to be at hand serving its resident all the locally prepared and produced honey, beer, pálinka, confectionery, hand-made bonbons, veggyies, food, meat and last but not least the famous Gyulai Pálinka. This is biggest sausage festival.  The guests once again are welcomed with local products which is an important fact for the city.  The city has so much to share with its visitors. Mainly, Gyula Castle Bath – Aqua Palace with its medical Spa is the highlight of the city. The opening of last year the Almásy Palace, after its reconstruction already well received by the locals and even visitors arriving outside of Gyula. And now in the south-east of the country has become as tradition the country’s biggest sausage festival and needless to say welcomes its guests once again.

The event organizer: Tibor Bórdás commemorated the tradition year-by-year as the  introducing their famous butchers of Gyula.  Added, all professional appearance emphasis on the city’s gastronomic and touristic values. ​​During the festival will be presented the city’s rich region gastronomic and opportunity in displaying local values. At the event the visitors may learn the way of the traditional meat processing and its customs.  Can taste the real Hungarian pork dishes  highlighted the main organizer. The Gyula System Ltd. has managed to win the Gyulai Butchers Association of Traditional – culinary programs related technical supervisor of the event, ensuring a high standard of professional gastronomic. This year, for the first time proclaiming the Viharsarki Sausages Championship. Beside the sausages also traditional practices: as hams and smoked products will be at the international competition. Both taking place on the opening day of the competition and applicants are more than welcome  by registration.  Last year there were 117 entries, such as from Transylvania and Highland  bringing their handicraft products. Also there has been interest to join this unique festival from Germany and Spain  highlighted the main organizer.

For the media representatives a demo was shown how  the famous home-made Gyulai sausage is produced on the spot by  Imre Dinya – small producers – owner of Gyula Sausage manufacture and served  for tasting. Also at the press gathering the representatives were taken on a Palinka route in tasting dozens of winner of the world spirits awarded  Gyulai Pálinka Manufactory Ltd., at the Tasting Hall.

The coming week-end is worthwhile not to be missed to join by Hungarians and foreigners to the well-intensity programs to the quality of meat products offering special dining experience, serving excellent,  home-made prepared offers by “craft” butchers hams, smoked meats, sausages entice guests to taste. In addition to the traditional meat-processing practices, methods, of course, the presence of the majority of the pork dishes can be tasted during the event. Also keep in mind to pay a visit downtown the superb sophisticated and cozy place the Guinness Pub.

An excellent opportunity to take a break to join Gyulai Sausage and Sódarmustra

by locals and foreigners to Visit Gyula!

Visitors will be guaranteed at the time being not to be disappointed as gaining experiences on the tasting tour. Excellent food, meat products, Hungarian pálinka  and display of crafts at hand will be filled with the cavalcade of colorful programs for adults and children.

The event ticket is required. Daily ticket: 1000HUF. The 3-day pass: 2500HUF.  Free admission under the age of 10 years.

Chapter 2. with sights and sound coming soon!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Chocolate Carnival at the City of Pécs – 2016

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Saturday and Sunday – March, 4th and 5th. 2017.

Zsolnay Quarter – m21 Gallery

For two days long the City of Pécs will be all about the chocolate!

 “Sweet Family  Carnival” for not only sweet tooth folks.  The families  with children  are more than welcomed!

A huge selection of accompanying programs to choose on the spot as visiting: Fair of craft chocolates, performances, children’s programs. Interesting countdown about Chocolates … Exhibition of all times chocolates …  Chocolate makers of Hungarian craft manufactures … a fountain of pouring Chocolate … Chocolate Wrapping Exhibition … Chocolate Image Painting … Demonstration of how to make, prepare chocolates. These are a couple of places to visit by locals and  foreigners  not to be left out.  The Choco-Lada Ltd. introduces their new Pécs chocolate. Ákos Lokodi creative chef prepares special dishes of chocolate to the visitors. Gastro School: Focus on honey – Work Program. “Kispék”  Chocolate donuts prepared in the oven – workshop program. More than 18 exhibitors  awaits the delicacies lovers who can choose from the sell wares.

March, 4. 7 p.m. Chocolate Magic – Dinner Experience at the Zsolnay Restaurant. Menu offer: 5990HUF/person, a selection of wines: 1990HUF/person. Reservations can be carried out through: zsolnayetterem@gmail.com

March, 5.  6 p.m. – Chocolate concert at the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter – Pécs Gallery. Price: 1900HUF. Reservations can be made at: info@csokolada.hu

During the visit to the City of Pécs, worthwhile to spend some time visiting the Kodály Centre, the World Heritage Center, the House of Arts and Literature or the World famous Zsolnay factory and family history exhibition.

To participate at the two-days Chocolate Carnival is free of charge.

Update Aggie Reiter

Cimbaliband = World Music spiced up with folk music – Veresegyház

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Distinguish guest and press individuals were invited to the  Cimbaliband’s latest CD and cassette “Recycle live show at the Katlan Toni Restaurant and Mill at Veresegyház. The band’s joyful music in every inch was a superb partying.  During the evening the flavors of Katlan Toni’s  kitchen delights surely wiggled all senses of men and women.

The Cimbaliband was founded in 2006, and in a wink burst into being the favorite within the young audience of their folk based world music.

The Cimbaliband plays a mixture of modern Eastern European folk music. Also their music sources stem from different sources: Hungarian folk music, classical music, jazz, Balkan folk music, jazz and rock’n’roll… so all-in-one they are a real “multi-culti” band. The members of the band is a mixture  of musicians … Serbian – accordion, Hungarian – violinist and vocals, bassist – Roma, jazz drummer – Croatia, Swabian-Hungarian – dulcimer and guitar and above all Dóra Danics,  former winner of Xfactor – Hungary -2013, the female voice that spice up the formation. Those energies that were and are previously only fo nd in rock music has also gain a place in the folk music.

The band over the past 10  years had held concerts throughout Hungary and also traveled abroad having great success in Europe. The band was traveling in many countries, play music together with Romanian, Spanish, Serbs, Italians and from playing music together with these musicians they brought influences as a small memorial and included in the form of their music.

The Cimbaliband is an authentically clunky clash of Hungary’s folk music in style of rocky-rock’n’roll.The magical Hungarian instrument, the dulcimer and wherever Balázs Unger step on stage playing on the dulcimer is mentioned as „Dulcimer of Chuck Berry”

The band presented several songs from their new CD and the audience took great pleasure hearing their latest music.

And on the bottom line the name … Katlan Toni’s kitchen is not only covering a man, but the restaurant’s whole team. This team cooks for nearly 20 years delicious dishes which are prepared just and only with domestic raw materials. Furthermore, all the soft drinks, home-made beer from the Fót brewery. Furthermore, paying great attention to serve the worthy famous Pálinka also made exclusively for the restaurant. So if wish to taste these delights have to spear time to visit the place, cause the drinks are only available on the spot. Oh and here is some snaps as an appetizer

 Hearld News: … Those who have already heard the band’s music and  humming the songs and for those who have missed to see/hear them before, then on Sunday from 6 p.m. -7 p.m. December, 18, may catch up by visiting the City Hall Park – District, V., Károly Blvd. – Budapest.

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Coming up – 9th National Restaurant Week – 2016.

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As in the previous years the Dining National Restaurant Week is held twice a year during the Spring and Fall. Middle and upper class restaurants for a week offering delicious Hungarian and international cuisines.

This will be the 9th Dining National Restaurant Week

 October, 12 – 18. 2016.

Dining in a high-class restaurant generally is expensive,  except during the Dining National Restaurant Week. An overall of  100 restaurants participating a whole week to host their visitors, which is not only reachable in Budapest, but at other cities throughout the country.

To grab a seat at your chosen restaurant the guest have to click to reserve in advance at the pre-booking site at

http://www.etteremhet.hu

There are two different price of menus … 3300HUF and 4900HUF. Mind you the service fee is included in this price. You are free to choose the specific restaurant for lunch or supper and the timing to have the meal. On the website there is a list of the restaurants available.

Going out at Dining National Restaurant Week is a good opportunity for anyone to get to know more about  the Hungarian hospitality highest levels. The participating restaurants offer their best of dedicates to their guests. Usually the guest may choose  from 3-4 kinds of dishes, main courses and desserts.  Many people how have been already at the Restaurant Week’s event will be quick to hit the button as to reserve their seats at the restaurant. During the Springtime more than 23 thousand people visited one of the participating restaurants. In fact, this number covers also those who took advantage of the possibilities and during the National Restaurant Week visited and tasted the offered menus at several restaurants. Online can be seen the participating restaurants and  their menus.

Reservations for the Dining National Restaurant Week take place in real-time and are automatically approved. This means no phone calls is needed . You can see if a restaurant has seats available at a glance and the written confirmation follows by e-mail immediately after the reservation. Of course it is also possible to change an existing reservation. No need to first delete and make a new reservation.

Official public booking commences on September, 21. 2016.

Enjoy your meal … Bon appetite!

Update by Aggie Reiter