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The 176th Season-Opening @ Lake Balaton – Hungarian Sea!

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Keeping the tradition, opening of the Lake Balaton Season was held in Trnava again this year.

On April, 16, 2022, Balatoni Hajózási Zrt.held the press conference of the 176 season-opening @
the port of Siófok on the flagship of St. Nicholas. Present was László Dónucz – Sales and Strategy Director and Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART, evaluated last year’s record year and talked about this year’s plans. Said the following: Q: “From the middle of May, BAHART will present a renewed offer in the eastern basin. Instead of the usual Siófok – Balatonfüred – Tihany route, the direct ships will be launched between Siófok – Balatonfüred and Siófok –  Tihany. The passengers will be able to get to their destination more conveniently and quicker. In the high season there will be 9 cruises/day, on Fridays and weekends there will be 10 cruises/day between Siófok and the northern coastal destinations. There will be direct ships between Balatonfüred  Balatonföldvár, and the ships will also stop @ Tihanyrév. Within the planned programs, instead of 2 party ships, 3 party ships/week in August. The Magic Boat for children additional departure times will be added.”

Also was told at the press conference about the fleet development which will play a key role in the first phase with the construction of 2 new ferries and 2 new catamarans.  The ships are expected to arrive @
Lake Balaton during this year. After the successful operational tests of the first ferry, its dismantling for transport will begin, while the first catamaran will be launched soon after painting and mechanical installation work. When the water level of Lake Balaton will allow it, the ships will be transported in mid-May. Renovation of the existing fleet is also continuing. In addition to the environmental and fuel consumption engine upgrades, there will be major renovations on the Szigliget ship, Badacsony catamaran, Szántód ship and Tünde nostalgia ship, which is being built for its 95th birthday.
Closing the press conference was told that the development of BAHART’s services will continue, and the wines of the Balaton wineries and local craft beers will be available in the ships buffet counter.

Thereafter, we sailed to over to the northern port of Balatonfüred, where was welcomed the ship of St. Nicholas. Upon arrival to the port of Balatonfüred the local greeted the audience with a festive show. At Noontime St. Nicholas’ boat made a free tour from Balatonfürend.

Riport & snaps by Aggie Reiter

New York Palace – Winemakers of Badacsony are waiting for the wine lovers again @ Budapest

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New York Palace – in the hall of Rome

Badacsony winemakers are pulling up their sleeves, welcoming in preparing for the tasting with renewed vigor, huge anticipation, a keen zest for life and real masterpieces.
Guests can enjoy a rich selection of Badacsony’s outstanding wines in the Rome Hall of the New York Palace. The exhibiting wineries fill the glasses in person, while telling us about their work and the common passion we all have for wine. This year’s slogan of the event is also intended to convey this mood: “We call to life”. These two words conceal renewal, spring, and all that the easing of restrictions in people addresses. After all, life is like a bottle of intoxicating wine.
Badacsony in New York has been characterized by real cooperation from the very beginning and a special, friendly atmosphere, which is due to the fact that the introductory wineries and exhibitors organize themselves, with the help of the Badacsony Guild Tourist Association.
Almost 50 exhibitors are waiting for the lovers of the Badacsony Wine Region at the tasting. This time, visitors can taste more than 160 types of mineral-rich wines from 34 wineries. The “protagonists” of the event are specialties that are born exclusively in this wine region, due to the unique minerality of the soil, the specific effects of basalt, sandstone and climate. Such is the case with the most loyal inhabitant of the Badacsony basalt hill, Kéknyelű.
Another interesting feature of the program is that in addition to the wineries, accommodations, restaurants and event venues will also be introduced, and of course the master classes will not be missed either.

Tickets for the event a on the spot for a limited number of 9900HUF
After 4 p.m., the hall will also open to the general public, and all wine lovers will find an exclusive tasting.
You can also take part in a master class to taste the following wines, the matching snacks are also made by András Wolf: Málik Cellar – Zeus 2015, Villa Tolnay Wine House – Green Veltelini 2015, Borbély Family Winery – Bács-hegy Olaszrizling 2015, Németh Cellar – Olaszrizling late harvest 2015, Vörös Szőlőbirtok Szürkebarát 1996, First Hungarian Wine House – Szeremley Estate Kéknyelű 2006, VáliBor 2016.

Master Courses time and wines to be tasted:
2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dr. András Csizmadia – WINE BEDS – We are ideal for volcanic wines with bites.
4 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Dr. Gabriella Mészáros – THE MAGIC OF COMPLETENESS – Matured wines from Badacsony.

Admission entitles you to unlimited wine tasting on site.
Combined ticket I. (entrance ticket + 1st ticket for the master course) – 10800HUF
Combined ticket II. (entrance ticket + 2nd ticket for the master course) – 10800HUF
Combined ticket III. (entrance ticket + 1st class of the master course + 2nd ticket of the master course) – 13800HUF

Student ticket (with a valid student ID) – 5900HUF

See you in New York! Let’s get … toast together!

Update: Aggie Reiter

Hungexpo – Bocuse d’Or Europe 2022 Competition & Food – Wine Fair

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The Hungexpo Congress and Exhibition Center – Budapest again had the opportunity to host the European finals of the world’s most prestigious cooking competition.

Provider of the ingredients for the competition was SIRHA’s key professional partner the HORECA development leader of METRO.

At this year’s contest, Jerome Bocuse – son of the competition’s founder, Paul Bocuse was also present. The Bocuse d’Or Europe 2022, 17 national teams, including the Hungarian team were present for the competition. The Hungarian team finished in second place, thus qualifying for the World Finals in Lyon in 2023. Denmark won this year’s competition, with Norway taking third place. The best chef came from Sweden, the best ‘theme on plate’ was provided by the team from the United Kingdom while the best meat dish was served by the Swedish team.

This year the largest foreign exhibitor was Italy: many guests flocked to the flavors of Italy stand, where visitors could sample the gastronomy novelties of 20 different firms.

Stopped by the Giusti Family balsamic vinegar from Italy and found out slightly about their background. Since the seventeenth century, passing on the recipe that created a complex harmony of flavors and an excellent product. This balsamic vinegar has a perfect taste, also found out can be served with fresh pasta, ravioli, grilled meat, fresh fruit, fruit salad, desserts.  Tried personally on top of creamy mashed potatoes and result superb taste.. It is aged in barrels with the addition of matured balsamic vinegar extracted from centuries-old barrels.In the dense and sweet sauce, the aroma and taste of plum jam and red fruits are intertwined with honey and vanilla.  Just a reminder … about the allergens … may contain traces of: Sulfur dioxide and sulphite expressed as SO2.

Made in Italy – Latinum Ltd. have been spreading the products at the Hungarian Food Stores, whereas it is introduced Italian gastronomy and promote Italian products to Hungarian customers.

Baker Street Ltd. products  joined with their products to the fair with home-made selection of all-free biscuits are popular both in Hungary and abroad. The Freescuits and Highbake biscuit family is a 100% Hungarian product made from Hungarian ingredients. The Freescuits and Highbake biscuit family won the free award in 2019, which was one of the major recognition of their mission.  Popular both in Hungary and abroad. The Freescuits and Highbake product family, are being gluten-free and vegan, do not contain milk, added sugar, eggs, casein, soy and other allergens.

Wine producers from 91 domestic winemakers debuted in front of a number of international wine experts, journalists and as a result visitors were able to roll around to taste all the wines.

In a brief overview of a couple … At the METRO counter, tasted the Sweet by Tokaj 2016 Late harvest  wine which is available in bottle sizes of 3.75 liter and felt in Heaven with its rich sweet taste of the ripened by the sun’s rays grapes bottled at the harvest time from the best vineyards in the Tokaj wine region. In November, the grapes are harvested, which were already blended in 50% Furmin, 30% Yellow Muscat and 20% Hárslevelű. Their goal was to make a rich wine full of fresh, intense, fruity aromas.

Borbély Family Winery is on the Northern side of Lake Balaton. Badacsony’s landscape, grapes and wine have defined the life of their family for generations. Gyula Borbély and Gabriella established their first joint plantation in Badacsonytomaj in 1981, where today’s estate center is located. Their wines have the fruity aroma and mineral, terroir character of the ripe volcanic soil. In addition to their dry wines, also offering special wine from late harvest. These are the Ice Wine made from frozen grapes or the Italian Riesling Aszú, with which Gyula Borbély won the title of Master of Balaton Wines of 2007. Their wines are produce from Grape varieties i.e. Furmint, Irsai Oliver, Blue-tongued, Muscat Ottonel, Italian Riesling, Pinot Noir, Rhine Riesling, Rose Stone, Pinot Gris, Zeus.

Androsics winery is located a the southern shores of Lake Balaton in Balatonöszöd. The winery was established to process their own grapes. Have been in practice their vineyards for more than 40 years to wine consumers. They organize wine tasting and cellar tour for max 50 people and also vineyard tour for max.10 people. The venue is also suitable for both small and 120-person weddings. Some of their wines without the endless list: The princess, Italian Riesling, Ottonel muscat, Pinot blanc, Red wines and Rosé. Their Rosé wine tasted nice and fresh. If you like not only wine but also fresh air you should visit the winery and surrounding.

Whether long for sweet flavors classic sour cherries, pears, plum, canned veggyie or spicy pickles within the Rege bottles or can cn find the Hungarian tastes. Rege won the Superbrands Award for Outstanding Brands in 2019. Superbrands is a trademark that symbolizes outstanding quality. In addition to the decision of the prestigious expert committee on the award of the prize, the opinion
of consumers also plays a very important role.

Riport & snaps by Aggie Reiter

Taste Gastro Locations Around the Lake Balaton

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Last Rays of Summer @ The Lake Balaton

Balaton Circle – “Taste the Circle!” … This year’s first event of the “Kostold Körben” – “Taste Around” wine & gastro festival with restaurants, wineries was held in a worthy location … where else … than at the middle of Lake Balaton, on the ferry between Szántód and Tihany.

GasztroFerry gave gastronomic presentations within 10 restaurants and 10 wineries out of almost 50 members of the Balaton Circle. Find out what flavors, scene, experiences and programs awaited the invited guests and media representatives.

We were one of the One Million passengers on the ferries on Lake Balaton!

In recent years, September has also become a summer month, and it is during this period that Lake Balaton shows its most beloved face. There is no more mass tourism, so they can deal with the guests even more and organize a quality program that promotes the region and the restaurants of Lake Balaton. The goal is to even out the often extreme fluctuations in terms of the number of guests, and to allow entrepreneurs in the region to plan with a year-round opening time. Also added…Many new quality restaurants have opened around the lake this year not only for local businesses, but for the interest of all of them to make Lake Balaton not just a weekend destination. In the future, travel decisions will not be determined solely by the weather report, as in all circumstances and every month, guests will find the right place to visit where programs, attractions and gastronomic experience are in favor around Lake Balaton. With the services and local products of the members of the Balaton Circle, they contributed in making Lake Balaton one of the outstanding gastronomic regions of Hungary – told Lajos Szilágyi – President of the Balaton Circle.

Alíz Markovits – CEO of Veszprém-Balaton 2023 Ltd., spoke about the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2023 project, it had already been recognized in the tender phase that only the region and Lake Balaton could achieve outstanding success. “This aspiration is confirmed by the fact that more than 103 settlements have already joined, and together with them, they can support the aspirations of the Balaton Circle with diverse cultural programs”

“This year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the BAHART was pleased to join the initiative of the Balaton Circle. During the autumn season must be filled with meaningful programs and quality services, which include wine, gastronomy and shipping.” – emphasized Gábor Veigl, CEO of BAHART.

A total of 26 restaurants, confectioneries, wineries and brandy distilleries of the Balaton Circle were presented at the Autumn Opening GastroFerry event. All dishes were freshly prepared on portable hotplates. Participants could get a taste of the yummy finger-food and delights.

“Taste the Circle!” The fleet was divided into two parts, serving on one side were the gastro delight and on the opposite side the wines, Pálinka and gin.  There was an abundant supply of wines and Pálinka. Wineries such as Attila Hajdú – Olaszrizling ⋕1 from Fürjes Winery. The winemaker. former goalkeeper later found his future occupation in hospitality – deals with wine production and can be reach at Fürjes Villa PensionBalatonfüred, Pócz WineryBalatonlelle, Kemendy Traditional Champagne Workshop – Balatonfüred, Szabó and Son Wine Cellar – Balatoncsicsó, Martinosa Winery – Mount Tagyon … just mention a couple brilliant wines from a/m wineries.

An everday Q! …Wanna be loose well all who tasted the „Dare-Devil” – „Fenegyerek” selection of Pálinka from Zamárdi surely felt the succulent fruit flavors. Gábor Pach, one of the founders of the Balaton Circle, opened his pálinka distillery in 2014, but he calls it the Wellness Fruit Center. Gábor Pach has been dealing with pálinka over12 years, but he would not have thought at all that he would moor in this area, in fact, he didn’t particularly like pálinka. Then, through an old business relationship, he started working with the Zimek Pálinka Distillery and was completely enchanted by this world. He completed all the training related to pálinka in Hungary, but he actually learned a lot in practice. At the Zamárd plant he still practices the cooking of mostly fruits around Lake Balaton. Was a real pálinka oasis, on the spot to taste almost complete offer of Fenegyerek pálinka and Gin … such as: blueberry, apple, married with apple+raspberry, peach, quince, grape, grape+late cherry. Every sip was exploding and powerful. Tasted a couple and must say Gábor Pach’s pálinka deserves to be known not just in Hungary and/or Europe but overseas as well. Succulent fruit world – wizard of man.  The COVI-DINKA pálinka within the series of “Dare Devil – “Fenegyerek” bombastic within 73% Alcohol. It is a booster of mix fruits. Furthermore, it is so strong that could probably kill the COVID as well :-). A guy who tasted the „Dare-Devil” „Fenegyerek” pálinka said „Leaps and bounds better than anything in showy boutiques or that you can find in a store. We made sure to get a few extra bottles to take back to Texas this time.”

The invited guests on board the ferry were invited to sample the region’s traditional and flavors.  On board the John’s Pub (Restaurant in Keszthely) served a mini mangalica burger with all the goodness of flavors, sweet potato bars, celery salad and various homemade sauces. Tasty cold appetizer were amazing, the salmon trout with beetroot remula and wasabi salad. Next to it, the Lavender Terrace – Balatonvilágos offered pistachio duck liver on top “ice cream” with a cake stick. The sweet tooth lovers made their day as the taste buds felt like being in heaven tasting the MóniSüti Confectionery – Gyenesdiás. The guest tasting plum pie and “Rákóczi” cottage cheese cakes along other sweeties. Walking along the fleet the eye caught the sight of the catfish ceviche of the Vocational Training Center – Siófok – could not resist offering their avocado slices, decorated with sprouts and burnt dough donuts and the pear-chocolate cream dessert.

The “Taste Around!” Lake Balaton following stations of the wine & gastro festival series will be on  October, 9. 2021 – Siófok, November, 6. 2021 – Kövestál, December, 12. 2021 – Balatonfüred, January, 29. 2022  – Zamárdi, February, 12. 2022 – Keszthely.

Riport & Snaps Aggie Reiter