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Herald News: Gastronomy Time – Laposa Wine Estate @ Badacsony

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Laposa Wine Estate is one of the most popular wineries at Badacsony in Northern Upland of Lake Balaton. The family basically deals with traditional, local grape varieties which are located in the best-suited sites of the surrounding volcanic buttes. Their love for the surroundings all started in 1978, on a train crossing the Lake Balaton Uplands and in while the whole family moved from Budapest to Badacsony. This is how the Budapest-based Laposa family from the cooper trade was united with the wine-making local Barabás family.

In the early of the ’90s the winery started to grow. The parcels are dispersed among Badacsony, the Szent György mountain, Csobánc, the Köves mountain and Somló. To this day, these plots form the backbone of the Laposa Wine Estate, which has by now expanded to 17 hectares. The Laposa winery produces mostly white wines, using traditional, local grape varieties typical of the Badacsony wine region: a total of 120000–150000 bottles of wine are produced yearly comprising: Welschriesling, Rhine Riesling, Pinot gris, Kéknyelű, Furmint and Juhfark. In recent years extended their range of hospitality by opening a new place in each year. These were: Gábli – a brunch spot inside Liliomkert market of Káptalantóti,  the Kis Hableány opened in the centre of Badacsony. The frissTerasz located on the Badacsony mountain – these all serve the purpose of providing stimuli to the life of Badacsony and its surrounds.

Highlights to the forthcoming events taking place at Badacsony

At Gastrohegy  – Hableány (Mermaid) Fish Supper – October, 26. The  Hableány  (Mermaid) will play a role on Friday night with an exclusive supper party. On the menu geese and new wines at Hableány – Mermaid: Balaton bistro dishes, with harmonious wine pairs with this year’s first wines from the cellar.

“Martin’s Day” Wine Dinner – Laposa Estate – November, 09. Welcoming a small number of participants  to their traditional, Martin’s wine dinner at Laposa Estate! Of course beside the goose flavors the leader to the dinner will be the this years new wine.

Badacsony New Wine Tasting – November, 16. This fall they wish to fill the Hableány – Mermaid spaces with life and restore to its old function, create a meeting point for the region’s winemakers, and a space where can show the outsiders dropping by the wine of the region. There is no better time to do this, as of November, when its  the new period of wines.They are already beyond the harvest, and finally can taste first “fruits” of their work, the exciting, fresh new wines.

Gastrohegy – “Badacsony Flying”  – November, 23-24. Poultry meat week-end. Traditional and unconventional dishes are rounded up by the chefs’ soaring imagination: chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, guinea fowl, rooster, pigeon on the plate in all forms. The rich in taste white wines will go well with the dishes!

GastroHegy/  Non-HAKE –  November, 26-27. Fish gastronomy at Badacsony but Hake (Merluccius merluccius) by no means! But sturgeon, catfish, bream, perch, fish that the water of Lake Balaton gives on the plate at the vineyard. The menus – comprising seasonally available ingredients of local producers – is put together by our chef based on our own recipes, while having particular regard to the individual wishes of their guests.

for reservation – birtok@bazaltbor.hu

Update Aggie Reiter

Go West – Go Key West … Rolling Onward & Upward!

Key West – Florida – USA

On the occasion of the World Tourism Day the United States of America Embassy  partnership with the Discover America Hungarian Committee (DAC for short), organized a workshop on Florida Keys and Key West tourism in Budapest. The DAC  was founded in 2010, as the mission of the Discover America Hungary Association to actively support American tourism. The association widely promotes the amazing tourist attractions and activities offered by the United States of America, inspiring travelers to explore the country. DAC works closely with the Budapest’s US Embassy’s Office of Commerce and the US as a tourist destination marketing organization, Brand USA.

The Florida Keys and Key West representatives held previously similar workshop in two countries, earlier in Belgium and Austria before coming to Budapest. They said, last year the number of entries significantly, more than 15 percent increase from Hungary, so they see more potential for local entrepreneurs to Hungarian tourists. The Hungarian invited guests were introduced to the sights, activities and hotels and Florida’s famous Overseas Highway, undoubtedly breathtaking Seven Mile Bridge, or 7 miles (which is actually 6.79 miles, or 10.93 kilometers on trans-sea pillars connecting crowds of tourists to visit the small Island of the population of cca. 28,000.

A while ago was the Annual World Tourism Day.  It’s non better time to plan and visít, escape from the cold winter weather heading to  the “Bracelet of Islands” to a little paradise on our Globe from Hungary.

During the presentation we took an imaginary journey, with video, map sheets, booklets which really made the appetite for many to visit Key West right away. A place full of adventures, with a large scale of venues and to stay at one of the magic hotels at six ideal locations.  By-the-way here are around 527 hotels and other lodging accommodations, so having plenty from 3 to 5 stars for a perfect vacation. Traveling across the bridge arriving to the cities the Island offers unique experience … Colonial-style chalets, palm trees, bars, tropical archipelago, soft breeze. Key West is also called the southernmost settlement of the United States and the only “Caribbean island”.

In brief a couple of venues not to be missed … Key Largo accomodations are tailored for everyone … boutique lifestyle hotel – the Gates Hotel Key West – relaxing in lush tropical gardens, also having entirely smoke free stay, cozy and standard rooms to family cottages with kitchens or enjoy – the Waterfront resort Key West – right on the Histroic Habor. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Key West Aquarium and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary venues fun for everyone, not just for kids. The Key West is also notable for its landmarks like Mallory Square, Southernmost Point. Though Key West is not well-known for its beaches, there are a few charming areas where both travelers and locals can completely unwind while sunbathing, skipping in the white sand beach and enjoying fun water sports. Have a close look on the Duval Street and enjoy Fort Zachary Taylor. The Mallory Square located on Wall Street in Key West’s historic Old Town, just west of Duval Street Islamorada – Divers Paradise … History of Diving Museum – featuring one of the world’s largest collections of international diving helmets and artifacts, this museum is a must stop for anyone who love to scuba dive. Watch the Caribbean sunset at the still waters off the coast, jam to the Island beats by live musicians. As the sun goes down hundreds of locals and tourists gather to watch the beautiful sunset and also to enjoy exhibits of arts and crafts and street performers like clowns, jugglers. The Hemingway Home & Museum is a must-see landmark, especially for literature aficionados and certainly is  one of the top visited venue at Key West, Florida with its beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture mansion built in 1851 from rock, native to the area. A visit to Dry Tortugas National Park with its spectacular 19th Century Fort Jefferson and to drop over to Vandenberg where the former United States Navy ship was intentionally sunk in 2009 to create an artificial coral reef. The Turtle Hospital – Sea Turtel Center – rescue – rehab – release  – will most probably steal the hearts of the visitors on the Island of Marathon. This hospital is dedicated since its opening in 1986 specifically to the treatment of sea turtles. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a marine sanctuary, there is also a mock-up of the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory called Aquarius. Taking adventure off the coast of Key West by sailing on a katamaran choose the glass bottom boat from the Island and watch dolphins swimming and jumping alongside. Keeping eyes wide open enjoy in the shallow-water snorkel above and the coral reef.

There is no better way to get closer to a new place than rolling BY FOOT around its beautiful streets and alleys gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of its charming Caribbean architecture.There are many interesting houses built out of coral-rock or salvaged ship-boards that will amaze every history and architecture enthusiast. Discover the Island BY BIKE explore the cool spots. Renting a bike would be a fantastic idea to explore alone, if the visitors prefer driving around the island in getting closer to the past and the present of Key West. The Island is rather small in  terms of driving.  BY DRIVE the whole landscape can be seen in one day, of course rolling on the 2 or 4 wheels. For those who don’t want to explore it alone by guided tour. BY FLIGHT to Key West first of all, getting to Key West is easy and depending on how long your vacation is going to be. In addition, there is also BY BUS to take you from Miami to Key West … the rolling wheels takes around 4 hours.

Make a Key Plan to Key West surely will be remembered as a lifetime holiday. Yes, but to have it, first to make that trip to cherish the memories.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

First International Beatles Festival @ Budapest 2019!

Just in case if it slipped out of mind!

Are you extremely fond of the Beatles? Wish to purchase a couple of Beatles relic? If you say yes to at least one out of two then your place is nowhere better place to be on the first weekend of October at Analog Music Hall and Hard Rock Cafe in Budapest! Organizers will bring a huge slice recalling the Lads from Liverpool to Budapest as part of the first Hungarian Beatles Festival!

Previous Herald News: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2019/09/17/a-100-beatles-experience-from-liverpool-budapest-be-a-day-tripper-2019/

A 100% BEATLES FESTIVAL!

ROLL BACK IN TIME – GET INTO THE MOOD!

Here are the planned programs and the performances:

DAY 1 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 5. 2019.

MAIN STAGE

2 p.m. – Doors open

2.30 p.m. -Official Opening – The BlackBirds, Sergey Radchenko, Egri Road Beatles Múzeum, VOX

3 p.m. – Sergey Radchenko (UA) – storyteller – Ambassador of The Beatles Story Museum, Liverpool). Where does genius come from and how young John Lennon found the key to his success, s

4 p.m. – Petruska – Acoustic concert with Petruska. Little known songs by The Beatles.

5 p.m. – Helen Anderson (UK) – designer from Liverpool, creator of the iconic Lennon hat talks about John Lennon’s school years and the times they spent together.

6 p.m. – Intermission

6.30 p.m. – Raffle (FREE raffle with entrance tickets.) Prizes include VOX harmonica with Beatles sheet music, radio, promotional gifts, Hard Rock Cafe gifts, official APPLE and Beatles Museum Merchandise sponsored by Egri Road Beatles Museum.

7 p.m. – The BlackBirds (Hungarian Beatles & Solo Years Tribute Band) feat. Vitáris Iván (Ivan & The Parazol) – Abbey Road full album LIVE – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the Abbey Road album with The BlackBirds, feat. Vitáris Iván (Ivan & The Parazol).

8 p.m. – Jay Goeppner (USA) – (top John Lennon tribute act from Chicago) From Please Please Me to Double Fantasy – John Lennon songs from the first Beatles LP to the last John Lennon solo album.

SMALL STAGE

3 p.m. – The winner of the Beatles Weekend’s Talent Contest.

4 p.m. – Márton András (drummer of KFT) talks about his book Yesterday, his translation of Beatles lyrics.

5 p.m. – Zoltán Czutor (Belmondo, Nyers) talks about his love of The Beatles and plays his favourite songs.

Other events all day long:

Sgt. Pepper’s Cafe & Bar – hot and cold  yummies.

RomKafé  – exclusíve Beatles Specials – hot chocolate in 3 different flavors: Honey Pie, Savoy Truffle, Strawberry Fields Forever.

VOX exhibition – vintage and new amplifiers, guitars, pianos, harmonicas.

Official APPLE Beatles merchandise and CD’s available in Egri Road Beatles Museum’s shop.

Beatles Fair – vintage record (vinyl) market – Official Beatles Weekend Shop

Alcoholic & soft drinks at Analog Music Hall’s bars.

DAY 2 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER, 6. 2019.

Hard Rock Cafe is exclusive to Beatles Weekend all Sunday afternoon.

Extra day for the biggest Beatles fans. Special event with original Hard Rock Cafe Beatles relics.

MAIN STAGE

2.30 p.m. – Doors Open

3 p.m. – István Mikó actor talks about the Beatles and the legendary Beatles Forever stage play.

4 p.m. – Intermission

4.30 p.m. – Jay Goeppner (USA) & The Blackbirds: Unplugged. Best Lennon ballads and rare Beatles songs.

6 p.m.  Oh Boy … Now you missed the Beatles Week-end Budapest 2019 – THE END

Update Aggie Reiter

Part2 – OMÉK – 1 Drop Pálinka (1 Csepp Pálinka) – Hungexpo

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At the OMÉK on the campaign rumbled at the Pálinka National Committee Booth, whereas Béla Géza Master of Pálinka – Member of the National Pálinka Council gave a lecture and tasting of “1 Drop Pálinka” (1 Csepp Pálinka) made from different plums grown in Hungary.

The “1 Drop Pálinka” received the most prestigious achievement the “Best Hungarian Pálinka” in 2015 and the “Most Successful Pálinka Distillery of Hungary” in 2018 and had also received awarded medal rating of 9 gold 5 silver 5 bronze. The pálinka distillery was founded in 2013 and housed in the 105-year-old “Machine House” which was renovated at Hegykő in the area of ​​Fertő-Hanság National Park. Familiar environment has the tradition of making pálinka with the most modern technology.

Upon the tasting time by Béla Géza Master of Pálinka – Member of the National Pálinka Council were served ten Pálinka all made from plums growing in Hungary.  A couple in nutshell: The Besztercei  Plum Palinka made from best type sweet plum. This old traditional Hungarian pálinka is most people favorite strong spirit. It appeared in Hungary at the end of the Middle Ages. Presumably of Syrian origin. The Stanley plum Pálinka produced from quality plums. Origin 30 km in the Körös valley. It has a slightly yellowish color, a pleasant taste and smell. It was told, “It brings love out of the heart!” It featured high quality and it faithfully reflected the fragrance and flavor of the fruit. The Nepocita plum origin from Kisvárda with the fruity typicality, with a strong presence of chocolate, spicy notes, discreet but warm fruit sweetness and a mild background seed flavor characteristic of stone nuts.

It is an old Hungarian and especially true saying … “That what can be used to make jam is also good to make Pálinka.”  Of course there is a long way to go for real delicious Pálinka. Excellent Pálinka can only be made from first-rate mash, and the base of the mash bringing excellent fruity taste Pálinka.

Overall …  Pálinka is part of cultivated alcohol consumption and is a complement to gastronomic delights.

Pálinka is part of Hungarian culture, Hungaricum!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Part1 – OMÉK – An Appertizer to the “Catch it!” Booth – Hungexpo

The National Agricultural and Food Industrial Exhibition and Trade Fair (OMÉK – ’79) – venue HUNGEXPO. still until Sunday, September, 29. 2019., not worth to miss!

Giant aquarium and a show kitchen “Catch it!” Booth – Hunexpo – Budapest

The appetite maker to the “Catch it!” Booth is in the “A”pavilion, 104/Stand)

The Agricultural Marketing Center (AMC) awaits visitors to the booth at the 79th National Agricultural and Food Exhibition and Fair (OMÉK) with a twenty-thousand-liter giant aquarium, visual kitchens and tastings. September 26-29, 2019 between fish consumption in the areas of HUNGEXPO not only serve the audience with fine cuisine and delicious fish dishes framework of incentives “Catch it!” campaign, also made professional presentations representatives of the fishing industry. Twice Michelin-starred chef Jenő Rácz  makes  fish finger foodies by his own recipes and the visitors may have a taste on the spot.

The OMÉK on the campaign rumbles on in promoting fish and fish dishes with a show kitchen twice a day on the spot  so said Péter OndréManaging Director of the Agricultural Marketing Center.

Ferenc LévaiMember of the Board of the Hungarian Aquaculture and Fisheries Trade Union (MA-HAL), drew the attention of visitors to the booth for some programs that are of interest to the professional and the general public. Among other things, visitors can learn about freshwater fish found in Hungary.

Update Aggie Reiter

Herald News: Károly Gundel Prize Winners of 2019.

 

Károly Gundel (1883-1956) established the Károly Gundel Prize in 2014, with the involvement of professional organizations, in the memory of the iconic restaurateur. The award will be given to individuals who are exemplary followers of Károly Gundel’s career and gastronomy in the Hungarian hospitality industry. The prize is awarded to those who have been outstandingly successful in the Hungarian hospitality industry for at least 25 years, have a solid professional history and an exemplary career, cherish the historical traditions of Hungarian hospitality, support the young generation’s professional development, and contribute to in the promotion of Hungarian hospitality. Recognition can be granted to the best in the hospitality industry, up to three per year.

The Industry Council publish the names of the winners each year, so we learned this morning’s press conference at the Hungarian Museum of Commerce and Hospitality in Óbuda. The date of  its notification is connected to the birthday of Károly Gundel  – 23rd of September.

There was 13 professional organizations, delegates from 3 institutions, the Gundel Restaurant and a representative of the Gundel family to decide on the nominees for this year’s winners. This year there were 14 people who were in the nominations. According to the consensus of professional organizations and institutions, this year’s winners were Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll chef and Tibor Meskál. So that means next year Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll will mark the Banquet Lunch at the November’s Gundel Prize.  This year’s winner to celebrate the 125-year-old Gundel Restaurant, the chef award winner, in this case is Tibor Rosenstein takes care of it.

The Banquet Lunch celebration event  with the awards has been changed and the new venue will be at the Kopaszi-Gát Gulf House Event Center – Budapest.

Organizing committee of the gala lunch will be Lajos Bíró (Bock Bistro), László Kovács (MVI president, La Fiesta Party Service Kft. József Balázs (Tacuba Café) and Bíró Bernadett (professional secretary of MVI).

On this event will be held out the  “Taste Guide” booklet which covers over sixty colleagues and friends recalling their memory moments in common with illustrated with pictures and recipes of own homemade recipes, is edited: Zsuzsa Gyimesi.

Update Aggie Reiter

A 100% Beatles Experience from Liverpool @ Budapest – Be a “Day Tripper” – 2019

 

First edition of the International Beatles fest downtown Budapest in Hungary devoted to the Fab Four!

Saturday – October, 5. Analog Music Hall – 2 p.m.  – 10 p.m.  – District, XI., 8. Kondorfa Str.

Sunday –  October 6. Hard Rock Cafe – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – District V., 3-5. Deák Ferenc Str.

The format of the festival is designed to create a vibrant, fun experience by offering top entertainment

Alongside THE BLAKCBIRDS, we hear the world’s premier John Lennon entertainer, as well as domestic Beatles fan stars like Petruska, Zoltán Czutor, István Mikó or drummer András Márton.

One of the world’s top 5 Beatles Tribute bands, is celebrating their 15 anniversary. THE BLACKBIRDS  band was brought under the roof by the Hungarian Beatles Museum on the Egri Road in the City of Eger. THE BLACKBIRDS was the first Hungarian band to join the Beatles Festival in Liverpool which open the gates for Hungarian bands. Since then, they’ve traveled around the world and made it to almost all Beatles festivals.

They have toured in Liverpool five times already. Now they wish the to bring the atmosphere of these festivals to the Hungarian audience, so for the time being do not have to travel to Liverpool to see a world-class Beatles festival.

Sergey Radchenko – Ukraine – He is an ambassador to the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, and the patron of the Beatles Weekend in Budapest. Arriving to Budapest  from Liverpool the designer for John Lennon’s iconic cap – Ms.Helen Anderson. Ms. Anderson is the creator of the iconic “Lennon cap.” She went to the Liverpool College of Art with John and Cynthia (Lennon’s first wife). Helen Anderson became a successful fashion designer in the ’60s, and John Lennon began wearing genuine leather hats she designed in 1964, among others in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ movie. To higher lighten the program of the festival – the world number one John Lennon rapporteur from Chicago – Jay Goeppner  will join the stage with The Blackbird.

Naturally, the Hungarian Beatles celebrity fans wouldn’t  miss this chance to be present, therefore „Come Together”  with the winner of the Hungarian Beatles Talent who will also have the opportunity to perform on stage. The festival’s other big super concert namely Abbey Road 50, which will feature a concert-like presentation of this year’s 50-year-old album will be heard  by The BlackBirds with Iván Vitáris from (Iván & The Parazol). 

During the Beatles Weekend Festival having a full-day Beatles Marketplace with contemporary records, rarities. And if it weren’t enough to celebrate the Beatles – Band of the 20th Century, the shop of the Hungarian Beatles Museum – from Egri Road is coming to Budapest full of original Beatles souvenirs.  The Vintage ’52 Sound Service and VOX will be holding an exhibition with rare and new amplifiers and musical instruments.

Those who are curious of having to taste of The Beatles yummies will have a chance to taste plenty food by Sgt. Pepper’s Cafe and Bar. The place is located next to Margaret Island, at 4. Jászai Mari Square. The Hungarian Beatles fan base, opened two years ago in Budapest. Beatles songs fill the air and naturally crunchy-munchies namely taken from the Beatles tunes. Also  by  RomKafé will be offering 3 handmade limited edition Beatles hot chocolate on the first day.

Enjoy the Beatles Festival, the music, the atmosphere from the time of the British invasion. May dress in the wild fashions of the late ’60s, just as the hippies, flower power, bell-bottom jeans, headbands and granny glasses. Roll along through the Octopus’s Food Garden, and check out the activity at the other stages

Get your tickets through: https://tixa.hu/beatles_weekend_2019

 “Come Together Right Now” … 2 days Beatles Festival @ Budapest – Hungary 2019.

Update by Aggie Reiter