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Craft Beer Festival @ City of Gyula – Hungary – 2019

Gyula Castle Garden

Várkert  Street – Gyula

Opens each day from 3 p.m.

Just within a week from  June, 7-10. 2019 the City of Gyula will hold for the second time the Craft Beer Festival.  During these four days, artisan masterpieces and street food will not just in the air but at the fingertips of the  locals and foreigners arriving to the venue.

Mark the dates cause Beer and Music are tailored with each other.

At the festival, 25 small-scale breweries will to offer for the thirsty ones to taste hundreds of craft beer. As it turned out, a total of 215 specimens were nominated for the competition, among others from Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia and Belgium. The items were judged by an international jury. This year, not only draft beers on the tap, but also in bottled form will be presented. Many of them are specially made for the visitors to take home some and enjoy the tastes later on. Most of these beers will be coming around next year so do not miss to be there this year. There will be during the festival gift box packaging for those who wish to share and/or give the products as a gift.

The “Central European Beer Awards-2019” Beer Competition was announced as an accompanying event for the festival, for small breweries and home-made brewers.

The essential music festivals program will not be missing the day’s live music concerts that will highlight the evenings mood to the event.

Maybe not too many people know, but Gyula has a tradition of making beer for three centuries. Not yet have not tried/taste the local beers then it is your time to do so.

The City of Gyula is one of the most popular tourist destination, all year around the healing thermal spa, the attractions and the gastronomy definitely worth to visit Gyula!

Advance purchase tickets are sold out, there are only day tickets available on the spot!

Update Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s Food from Regions – Cook students competition 2019.

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The final of the 2019 cook competition was held at Felcsút – Letenyey Lajos High School and Vocational Secondary School.

The 12 team’s work could be traced on a projector and turned into a protective suit and cap in the kitchen.

After the serving the menus in competition was presented the creative manual of creative cooking and the invited participants may have tasted the menus

Eating habits have changed, new culinary trends are born, not only the world, but times of gastronomic revolution in Hungary. As a result, for the domestic labor market is a huge demand for chefs ready to use knowledge. Of knowledge with professionals in need who are extremely knowledgeable about technology in the kitchen and MAG was able to apply it in practice.

Jury members were attended by renowned chef school teachers and chiefs.

View the line up of menu snaps shown in the competition at the Letenyey Lajos High School  and Vocational Secondary School.

Update ans snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungarian Style Pancake Festival @ Budapest 2019.

Countless delicious Hungarian style pancakes and with fillings you have not yet tasted until visiting the Hungarian Pancake Festival!

March, 8 – 10. 2019

District, XI., Kőrösy József  street (next to Allee shopping center – promenade)

Pancakes around the world … You name it! … Stuffed pancakes, stacked pancakes, granny pancakes, fried pancakes, sweet pancakes, salty pancakes, sausage filled pancakes, chessie pancakes, pancakes burger, pancakes within soup, all kind of veggies filled pancakes and even the very special delicacies that can be made from pancakes. Pancakes styles from different regions of Hungary and cannot leave out the American pancakes. At the stalls offering tasty treats.

There are most probably no kids or adults who wouldn’t love pancakes in some form. At the festival see, taste the most interesting, made from the finest recipes to celebrate the event. Pancakes will be only just for the eyes to those people with a healthy lifestyle or those suffering from any food allergies. More than 100 kinds of pancakes or dishes made pancakes in one place.

For the Ladies joining the festival will have a special surprise, cause the calendar says if it is 8th of March then sign as Women’s Day!

Beyond the exhibitors, there will be a common pancake baking, pancake eating competition,  special seasonal hot drinks, wines, pálinka, street music and all our eyes desires. In addition, waffles, chocolates and sweets, hot and cold drinks on the spot.

Foreigners, tourist staying in Budapest wish to have a taste of the Hungarian Pancakes … saying “having the sweet pancake of mine” then do not miss the date, mark it on your boots list … join the festival with family and friends.

Update Aggie Reiter

Boots List – Sausage Taxi Tour – City of Gyula

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Campaign – In Gyula to Gyulai Sausage on 8 wheels!

Make your own Boot List!

These were the welcoming words to the media, press invited persons at the Gyulai Meat Shop in the City of Gyula at the transfer of fees in connection to the performance review of the Hotels and Service Providers evaluation lodging 2017/18 year.

However, at first a bit back to have to go a year or two. The first step joint with local companies gathering goes back to the year 2014. At first the joint promotion and image campaign began with the Gyula Castle Bath, Gyulai Tourist Office Ltd. and Gyula Meat Ltd. In 2014 took the initiative from Gyula to Gyula. The goal was in the presentation to introduce more widely the Hungaricum – the Gyulai sausage. This option was and is highlighted then and even to-day by flyers placed on desks at the hotels to draw attention to the tourists visiting Gyula as an option to visit the meat shop and purchase delicacies. After all, as the saying goes … nothing is better than your own experience. The highest number of the guests from hotel’s arrived to shop showing the leaflet received at the hotel, the Gyula Meat Ltd. as a gesture rewarded the hotel for their support with a present of their products.  By the autumn of 2017, the Visit Gyula city program included as an option for tourist staying in Gyula to join the Gyula Sausage Tour.

In 2018, a joint collaboration was launched with Gyulavári Castle, Gyula Tourism Ltd. and Gyulai Meat Ltd. with the pedestrian sightseeing tour and the Gyulai Sausage Taxi on the Road. Was so successful that the opportunity to once a week  tour was upgraded to twice a week back-and-forth to the store and for the passengers on the Gyulai Sausage Taxi. Passengers could enjoy the trip while on a small sightseeing tour as well.

Highlighting some mouth-watering  appetizing flavors of the Gyulai Meat products … Dry Sausages, Salamis, the Gyulai sausages and salamis have characteristic taste, which formed by the microclimate of valley of Körös rivers, the traditional smoking technology, produced by the history of one-hundred years. The Gyulai-Royal Deer products in the line was awarded with Hungarian Quality Product Award in 2014, and was selected for New Product Expo in Amsterdam in 2015. It is a real gourmand delicacy!  The Liver Pastes is very popular among kids. Besides the classical taste there is one other flavor with a touch Marjoram. The Ham and Cold Cuts are one of the main favorites, especially the so-called Mályvádi ham, which is heavenly tasty. Once tasted it surely be favorite but can only be purchased at the  local shop or at the presence of Gyula Meat on a gastro event. Was awarded with Hungarian Quality Product Award. The name Mályvádi comes from the nearby Mályvádi forest. Cooked-Smoked Products, besides the traditional drying method, cooked and smoked sausages and cold cuts are also popular. The Hungarian „paprika potatoes” are not real without the Gyulai lecho sausage. Lacto-free meat products are also made at the Gyula Meat Factory. In 2013 the Gyulai Sausage was graded HUNGARICUM by the Technical Committee. Also in 2015 Gyulahús Ltd. was awarded by Hungarian Product Economy Grand Prix. The „Gyulai” brand also won the title of HungarianBrands, SuperBrands and Business Superbrands. The line of the Gyulai-Royal Deer products in 2014 received the Hungarian Product Grand Prix.

Sausage  goes well with beer  … they are pretty good in company! Within visiting Gyula would be a pitty to miss the Brewery – City tour – Sausages! This year at the Gyulavári Castle a range of gastronome is at their fingertips … “Alakor” organic wheat beer, the “Corner” Brewing beer for tasting by the visitors. The plant plan is to strengthen their 6 beer on the tap with bio products as well. Gastro tour every Wednesday of the week from 2 p.m. – 5.45 p.m. departing from in front of the Tourinform Office, maximum 12 persons.

Beers and a visit to the World of Tastes every Thursday of the week from 3 p.m. – 7.45 p.m. departing from the Tourinfom Office, maximum 12 persons. Beer Corner has a selection of Elixbeer craft beer: India Pale Ale, Gyulavári Stout, White Wheat beer.

Last but not least it was said beside the above heard at the press gathering the Gyulai Meat Shop’s wish is to reach at least once a week at the hotels in Gyula to introduce at the daily breakfast the wide variety of Gyulai Meat products, so for the tourists and locals arriving from other regions of Hungary would meet the flavors.

Update, snaps by Aggie Reiter

ENIT – Italian National Tourist Board Evening – focuses on the Mediterranean diet!  

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ENIT – Gala Dinner – Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall. The evening was arranged by personal invitation to illustrious V.I.P. and special guests, also dedicated to Italian and Hungarian tour operators with a dinner focusing on the Mediterranean Diet and the ENIT 2019 Activity Program.

Beside the mouth-watering flavors, the entertainment was throughout the whole evening.  The Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall with its interior architecture  “fesko”(a screen of the “so calling” landscape of Italy) on the stage’s back wall is simply beautiful with it as if we have had been just arriving to Italy.

The keystones of the evening was the promotion of the Italian tourist offers – Made in Italy – one of the richest artistic heritage in the world. Breathtaking landscapes, the warmth of the Mediterranean, extraordinary sounds-and sights of Italy. Also was to introduce the forthcoming ENIT 2019 program of activities. Beside the mouth-watering Italian gastronomy, was told that tourist enjoy their visits from Budapest to Italy back-and-forth exclusively to experience the world of so many things to enjoy Made in Italy. Was  pointed out by visiting, exploring of the places where culture, history, art and good kitchen and home-made real “mama”cuisines” …  real “à la carte”  made in Italy style are available and are not to be missed. Was introduced three Hungarian tourist office’s representatives who were invited to explore some Italian  cities, towns, vineyards and other venues which are not listed in their tour offers to Italy and known by the Hungarians. They spoke about the experiences and the wonderful hospitalities they gained during their study stay. Mr. Francesco Maria Mari  President – Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary outlined the tourism situation in Italy and that next year another opportunity will come forwards for tourist offices to explore the discoveries Italy.

After tasting through the Mediterranean Diet awesome food, cakes and top wines, fun time has not been left out.  András Hábetler and Beatrix Fodor, two grand opera singers performed a superb opera stand up featuring exceptional sounds and with fully packed of humor.

Coming close to the end to the grand gathering a Huge Cake was rolled into the Giuseppe Verdi Hall with the sign on top of it saying „Welcome to Italy”.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Extraordinary Italian Taste – Journey into the world of Italian wines – 2018.

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The Italian Trade Institute (ITA) wine tasting was held for the 3rd. time on the occasion of the Italian Culinary World Week with masterclass for Italian and Hungarian business meetings. The Italian wine tasting seminar titled “Traditional and Quality” were present H.E. Massimo Rustico – Italy Ambassador to Hungary, and representative of the Italian Cultural Institute, the ICE-Agency Office, ENIT, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary.  The “Wine & Food” workshop within the framework of the Third World Italian Culinary Week was held after the seminar at the Marriott Hotel – Elizabeth Ballroom (District, V., 4. Apáczai Csere János street Budapest. In parallel to the technical seminars, meetings were held between Hungarian and Italian producers, 11 importers, distributors,  restaurants members and hotel sales, as well as members of the press.

Within the series of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade and the Italian Gastronomic World Week the ICE Office – Budapest invited  Ms. Barbara Tamburini, an internationally renowned wine expert.  In the first part the expert lectured on the emergence of the Italian wine makers, and then after followed to the tasting one-by-one from north to south of 10 Italian excellent wines, which demonstrate the excellence of Italian wine production.

The tasting hosted by ICE offering a snapshot of 10 Italy’s grand wines from Head-to-Toe … meant from North to South of Italy’s  superb wine regions:

Number 1. Lombardy Vigna Dorata Franciacorta Brut. Grape variety Chardonnay 80% and Pinot Nero 20%. The soil composition is alluvional morain soil of early origin with an extremely sandy structure and very frequent presence of moraine stones.The Vineyard comes from the village of Cazzago San Martino. The exposure and height South-West exposure with light slope, 230 meters above sea-level. Taste: vanilla and perfume fragrances. Franciacorta was the official provider of sparkling wines for the Expo Milano 2015.

Number 2. Umbria Fiorfiore Roccafiore  (2017). The grapes 100% Grechetto di Todi and organically treated vineyards at a height of 380m. above sea level are on the bottom of slate, chalk and clay. They are harvested manually. The vineyards have a South and South-East orientation. The winters in Todi are cold and rainy, the summers warm and windy. After the soft pressing of the grapes, the juice and the must get a natural fermentation, followed by a ripening on large Slovenian barrels for a year and in bottles for 4 months. It is best served after 3 or 4 years after the grapes were harvested. Tastes: golden apple, pineapple, small yellow flowers with very delicate sweet spice notes.

Number 3. Campania Donnachiara Greco di Tufo  DOCG (2017) The Campania wine region is in southern Italy. The region’s most prestigious white wine, made predominantly from the grape variety that shares its name. The Greco di Tufo grape is a clone of Greco Bianco and is believed to have been introduced to Campania by the Pelasgians, an ancient people from Thessaly in Greece. The best Greco di Tufo vineyards are found on the volcanic hills of the Avellino province in central Campania.The Greco di Tufo wines are cultivated at an altitude of 450 to 500 meters. Often typified by warm tropical fruit and a touch of oak. Aromas ripe citrus, nectarine passionfruit drive this style. Recommended with White Fish.

Number 4. Friuli Venezia Giulia Aromatic Traminer (2017). The wine made in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Once part of the Venetian Republic and with sections under the influence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for some time, the wines of the region have noticeable Slavic and Germanic influences.The area is known predominantly for its white wine. Is internationally styled Merlots, The Tazzelenghe (meaning “tonguecutter”) produces a very tannic and fruity wine that mellows as it ages but maintains a good amount of its fruits such as: herbal, apricot, peach and pear.

Number 5. Le Sabbie dell’EtnaEtna Rosso DOC (2016). North-eastern slope of the Volcano – Sicily, the largest active volcano in Europe. The vivid ruby color of the grapes of the native Nerello Mascalese, implanted for centuries in the volcanic area of Etna, Nerello Cappuccio and anticipates a delicious bouquet where cinnamon, black pepper, cherries alternate and blend is really admirable. Soil is loamy and sandy of volcanic origin and mineral content, including phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.

Number 6. Piemonte …  Barolo  DOCG (2014). Origin from Gancia dell’Annunziata farmhouse – Barolo. Grape 100% Nebbiolo. Soaking peels for 12 days. Fermentation in steel tub, ready maturation in French barrel for 18 months. Intense scent, mature fruit and rose petals.

Number 7. Toscany …  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Podere la Vigna (2013). From the region Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany. Grape Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica). Color dark-berried and it is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Smooth wine with Beef and Venison.

Number 8. PugliaPrimitivo di Manduria “Sessantanni” Corte Giara DOC (2015) …Editor’s remark … Pardon me … this was excellent – my favorite! Most Popular wine in the region Primitivo di Manduria. The”Sessantani” is made from the grapes of vines almost 100 years old, the oldest of the Feudi di San Marzano. Deep ruby-red colour.  The fragrance is very rich, on the nose it releases primary aromas of fruit, ripe plums and blackberries, cherry jam, afterwards, spicy and fragrant notes of liquorice, sandalwood, cardamom, pepper, tobacco, incense and cocoa, It is rich, intense and explosive on the palate, but exquisitely balanced and elegant. A powerful wine with considerable body, but also smooth and caressing. The wine enhances meat dishes such as lamb chops, veal stew.

Number 9. AbruzzoMontepulciano D’Abruzzo Teramane Hills Reserve  DOP (2011). Grape type: Montepulciano. Garnet red color. Fruity and spicy scent. Intense and persistent taste, suggested with rich first course, red meat and medium and hard cheese. Awards: International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016 – Silver, International Wine Challenge, 2016 – Bronze Mundus Vini, 2016 – Gold International Wine & Spirit Competition and 2015 Bronze.

After the workshop visited a couple of Made in Italy products around exhibitors tables … cheeses, olive oils, olives and vegetables, sweets, liqueurs and grappa by Italy, Italian coffee beans and tourist agency: suditaliahotel – Forio.

The report became slightly long so only highlighting one of the wine table … The Rosso Piceno D.O.C. (D.O.C. stands for = perfect for grapevine cultivation). Organic “CARPINO NERO” ZEROQUINDICI was pretty cool organic wine with low sulphite content and prepared without the use of preservatives, origin from Sangiovese vineyard which is located at Marche region – central Italy. The estate is still among the most esteemed wine producers of the Piceno wine-making region. The Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes grow on the clayey texture of the soil which determines in the wines the richness of extracts. The nose is perceived with strong notes of red fruits and sweet spices. Pairings goes well with pasta, meat and/or tomato sauce or with grilled meat and cheese. Received Award for the year (2016).

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

 

 

 

 

Made in Italy – Apericena and typical Puglia products

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On the Italian Gastronomy World Week, attending at one of the dining restaurant Ristorante Gustolato – Budapest. 

On a non virtual tasting tour of the best foods of Puglia, Italy to Ristorante Gustolato – Budapest.  On the evening it was possible to taste the typical Puglia products, which are the basis of the Mediterranean diet. Puglia cooking is all about local ingredients. A rich gastronomic offer was made for guests based on the Puglia traditions. Among the typical products of Puglia were some of the most famous Italian delicacies the decadent creamy Burrata di Andria and the well-known extra virgin olive oil.

At first, had to figure out if the name is Apulia or Puglia, and heard as to clear this up, Apulia is the ancient name of the region, coming from Greek meaning “those who live on the other side of the Adriatic Sea.” Puglia is the modern-Italian name of the region and is used today. 

Where is actually Puglia !?! … at the heel of Italy’s boot lies Puglia, a land so rich in flavors and local delicacies that it has become a favorite culinary destination for both Italians and tourists seeking real traditional Italian food.

At the restaurant can be purchased several Italian pasta, spice accessories, sweets, cakes and many other dedicates all made in Italy.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter