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Plan your Day/s to be @ the 31st. Budapest’s Wine Festival 2022.

September, 8. – September, 11. 2022. – @ the Budavári Palota (Buda Castle)

This year’s Budapest Wine Festival awaits its guests at one of Europe’s most prestigious gastronomic events traditionally hosted on the terraces of the Buda Castle, where, in addition to the sumptuous Budapest panorama, you can once again meet the best domestic and foreign winemakers and their exceptional items. The main sponsor of the event this year is SPAR Hungary, which has been committed to the Hungarian wine culture since 2007., embracing the most important products of Hungarian agriculture, Hungarian wines and wineries. According to the company, wine is a unique – gastronomic and cultural – asset that must be nurtured.

This year, the Budapest Wine Festival welcomes the United States of America as a guest of honorwines from California, Washington state and Oregon are coming to present themselves to the Hungarian wine lovers. Just as within the previous years, the usual popular professional programs will also take place, and on the two stages during th event offering more than 30 productions to those who wish to loose along the tasting the mouthwatering wines and have fun.

This year, with new areas, programs and surprises, the wine festival offers a few wonderful days in the company of your favorite wines in a truly stylish environment.

Day ticket – Thursday, 9 p.m.CUMBIA RHYTHMS FROM SOUTH AMERICA – LOS ORANGUTANES
Day ticket Friday, 9 p.m. – FUSION JAZZ-HIP-HOP – JAZZBOIS
Day ticket – Saturday, 8 p.m. HUNGARIAN JAZZ, BEAT AND POP CURRENT – TÁRKÁNY WORKS
Day ticketSunday, 4 p.m. – MEDITATIVE, SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE – SENA DAGADUB
Last but not least within the 4-day pass ticket … unlimited visits to the Wine Festival.

For visitors attention to the fact this year as well only tickets for a specific day cannot be exchanged to transfer to another day after purchase.

A little reminder … entry according to the current epidemiological legislation.

Attention call: Aggie Reiter

The Káptalan street @ Pécs will be a cavalcade of collective art 2022.

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Shortly coming up at Pécs … concerts, literary programs and playhouse at the Múzeum utca Plusz Fesztivál – Museum Street Plus Festival.

Among dozen of programs, concerts, literary evenings and children’s programs await the audience at the Múzeum Utca Plusz Festival @ Pécs between August 18 and 21. 2022.

A taster of the programs:
A part of the Múzeum Utca Plusz collective art troupe from August 18-21. Among a lineup of superb artists: Beton. Hofi, Ohnody, I Am Soyuz, Óperentzia will perform, while the literary line is represented by famous actors such as József Wunderlich, Anikó Für, Eszter Csákányi and Steve Hajdu. Most of the programs are free to visit!

The festival starts on August, 18 at 4.30 P.M., with a parade accompanied by the joyous music of the PTE Brass Band and the dancing of giant banns. From 5 P.M., Juci Németh and Hunor G. Szabó will take the stage, and the evening will end with a folklore whirlwind and dance hall.

During the festival, Ohnody, who combines different artistic trends, will perform in the courtyard of the Museum Directorate, Óperentzia, the indispensable band of the Hungarian underground, and also to Kubali in Pécs. I Am Soyuz, with its personality and humorous and thought-provoking stories, creates an intimate atmosphere at its concerts, where special instruments such as ukulele, melodica, omnichord and banjo are played. The a/m program are are free of charge.

One of the hottest figures in Hungarian rap, Beton. Hofi, will perform in the Káptalan Kert – Kaptalan garden , whose lyrics show a great balance between street slang based on the identity of the eighth district and smart, self-reflective sensitivity. The guest of the concert is Lil Frakk.

Awesome concerts awaiting for to-day’s music lovers: Ivan & Tha Parazol, Blahalouisiana and Kaktus will take the stage there; but there will be a special concert in Pécs with the participation of O’Sullivan, Doggos, Jam&Slam + Slow, BandiT, Dj R-Nold; after which the up-and-coming Hungarian singer-rapper, T. Danny, further heats up the atmosphere.

There will also be no shortage of literary programs. In the framework of “Trans-hearing, Karinthy and his friends, Kabaré 2.0”, may take a poetic journey around the skull of Frigyes Karinthy and his friends with the participation of Eszter Csákányi, Ferenc Elek and Steve Hajdu.

“Word – Game” is a reading performance of the word games of contemporary poetry with actors such as Gabi Hámori, Zsolt Trill and József Wunderlich. What can we hear? Paraphrases of great poems and today’s viral poems, quarantine cabaret dialogue and monologue.

On the closing day, may enjoy a soul-refreshing literary inhalation entitled “Minden Titok” – “All Secret” at the musical literary evening with Anikó Für and Róbert Hrutka.

This year as well, there will be Design Liget – Design Grove a creative space and art market, children’s programs, guided tours, a Roman-era playhouse, a children’s concert by Alíz Bogárdi, and those interested can try the Parnassus game, which is a creative provocation on the border between theater and visual arts. In the Rózsakert – Rose Garden families are welcomed on Saturday with Episcopal children’s programs, including a Kaláka group concert.

The ISTER stand – Roman-era playhouse and digital museum offers varied programs for children and adults every day of the event from 10 A.M. – 7 P.M. Roman jewelry making, Roman food tasting, Roman clothing demonstration, Roman coloring, archaeological puzzle, site exploration tools presentation (radar, drone, metal detector), quiz, urban detective adventure game, but there will be special guided tours of Baranya Aranya – An Early Avar Cemetery Reveals its Secrets. exhibition and crafts based on Vasarely’s works.

During the event, the programs organized by the Janus Pannonius Museum can be visited free of charge,  but the museum exhibitions can be viewed with extended opening hours and with a 10% discount.

On August, 20-21, a slice Pécs gastronomy – Baranyai Gastro Piknik will add color to the Múzeum Utca Plusz event, where you can sample the best of the region’s restaurants in two days under the shady trees. Bistro food, street food, wineries and local producers on the spot  around one place. Enjoy the traditions and new flavors from all over Baranya County.

Organisers of the Festival: Zsolnay Örökségkezélő NKft, Made in Pécs, Janus Pannonius Museum, Diocese of Pécs.

Update 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

Rediscover the “Paloznak”Jazz Picnic – Hungary 2021.

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July, 29. – July 31. 2021.  Location: Paloznak, 2. Sport u. 2

Pandemic restrictions are still in place, but hopefully can make up for last year’s event due to the missed Covid-19 by the time of this year’s  “Paloznak” Jazzy Picnic  to spend a 3 days unforgettable togetherness  the picturesque Balaton Uplands.

Herald News: rollinginbudapest.com is pleased to spread news to the forthcoming giga ConcertsWines from Csopak-Paloznak region … mouthwatering Gastronomywhat else … for a fabulous week-end!?!

Overview of programs … First day – Thursday, July, 29.
Mario Biondi the Sicilian descent well-known as the Italian Barry White as they hear his special voice. The singer is considered as the European performer in jazz and soul. He exploded into the music scene in 2006 with his hit „This Is What You Are”. He is a story teller in betwen his soul/jazz sound songs. Released new album „Dare” after his 50th birthday. Biondi visited the vineyards of Paloznak for the first time in 2017 and gave an superb concert to the Hungarian audience.

Biondi is followed by a true legend band  Level 42. the English jazz-funk band formed on the Isle of Wight in 1979.
They had a number of UK and worldwide hits during the 80s and 90s. Was a big favorit from the 80s and millions have been still in today. The British band mixes elements of jazz, rock, pop, funky, and soul and blues in a unique sound that millions have been a fan of ever with Mark King the forefront bass guitar player as he conjures up his instrument. Sure will bring their well-known songs to Paloznak such as Lessons in Love, Something about You, or It’s Over and other giga hits. They have more than 30 million records sold worldwide.

Second day – Friday, July, 30. Caro Emerald – Dutch singer. Her concerts brings the unique blend of jazz, pop music, swing music, electro swing, easy listening, tango and the groovin ’jazz of the 90s. She is popular singer throughout Europe. Her albums are  total of one and a half million sold. Then in the evening continues with the melodies of MF Robots adding inimitable sounds, mix soul, R&B, funk and pop music into energetic, new-sounding music. Genre: Jazz.

Third day – Saturday, July, 31 German jazz collective, unique downtempo jazz player De Phazz will hold a joyful evening.  The ensemble combines modern musical trends with elements of soul, Latin music, trip hop and drum and bass in a lounge sound environment.  Dutch  saxophone goddess Candy Dulfer who don’t really have to be introduce. Candy created a deeply personal and unique blend of musical genres & influences, bound together by her trademark sound, showcasing her extreme versatility. She was in a minute really recognized when recordered with David A. Stewart – Lily Was Here.  Dulfer was also the featured saxophonist at concerts with Madonna, Prince, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and others. Genres: Jazz, funk, soul. Also continuing The Kraak & Smaak band have had been booming all over Europe in recent years, giving character and creative performs to the international music within their Dutch formation for the best funk – hiphop – acid jazz ensemble in Europe. They are a Must see live band. Genre: Funk, Electronic music, Dance/Electronic.

Last but not least, in addition to international jazz performers in a wide spectrum of the representatives of the Hungarian section eminent domestic genre on a smaller stage.

Admission to the Paloznak Jazz Picnic is free of charge for children up to the age of 14 … who have not yet reached the age of 15 on the day of the festival event. Tickets and passes are already available in all categories, in addition to day tickets, two- and three-day passes, as well as VIP tickets and passes can be purchased. With the pass, jazz is yours every day from door opening to dawn!

For those who want to party and be present either on two legs or along with their favorit four leg pet, cause the Paloznak Jazz Picnic is doggy friendly.

The organizers are working hard to bring the legends of alsort areas of music lovers to spend an unforgettable 3 days together in the picturesque Balaton Uplands.

Tickets in English lanuage: https://en-jp-webshop.netpositive.hu/category/jegyekworldwide

Travel back-and-forth, accommodation options coming soon.

© Aggie Reiter

St. Martin’s Goose Feast & New Wine Festival Traditions @ Hungary

Organizers connected to the St. Martin’s Goose Feast and the year’s New Wine gatherings throughout the country announced with great regret they will not be holding this coming week-end the traditional Hungarian St. Martin’s Day celebration according to current Covid19 government regulations.

“Q” How does St. Martin’s name relate to geese?
“A” In 371, after Martin was elected bishop of the city of Tours, he protested his election and hid. The legend tried to hide in a goose hut, but the geese betrayed them with their gagging. Thus, Martin was finally elected bishop. He did important conversion work and converted much of the surrounding pagan villages to the Christian faith. Its popularity is unbroken up till this day.

Also in the Roman times November, 11  was the beginning of the winter season and large feasts were held for new wine of the year newly produce. It was the last holiday before the 40-day fast before Xmas, so feasts and fairs were kept since then. At such times, great eating and drinking was arranged as to have plenty to eat and drink throughout the coming new year.

After the large number of events throught Hungary have had been stopped, never-the-less, many families will be holding their own St Marton’s feast day with goose meals and new wines of the year. The Fest is going to last through November, 11-14. 2020.

Below a snap of my St. Martin’s Day Goose Feast preferred with excellent wine from the Szentpéteri wine cellar – Néro Rosé  – year’s new wine selection 2020.

The Szentpéteri’s cellar covers the experience of three generations @ their Family Winery. Their winyard area lay on 65-hectare which is located in and around Kiskőrös, on sandy and loess-bedded calcareous soils … Kiskőrös is the 6th biggest city in Bács-Kiskun county by its population. It is 22 kms (14 mi) East from the River Danube and 110 kms (68 mi) South of Budapest.

Back to St Martin’s goose and wine folk tradition… According to the beliefs …
“Indeed people to drink new year wine on this day, they will have more strength and be healthly in the future.”
“Those people who does not eat typical dishes include goose soup and goose roast on Martin’s day will starve all the coming year around.”

The same day the weather was predicted:
“If Martin comes on a white horse, a mild winter, if a brown, hard winter is expected”.
According to another saying, “On Martin’s Day, if a goose walks on ice, it will dust in the water at Xmas.”

Wine could not be left out of folk prophecies either: “St. Martin is the judge of wine” as said. This could also be understood as the fact that the new wine is already drinkable at this time, according to another meaning, the weather of Fall will decide what this year’s wine will look like. Also was in their mind … at least before they got drank … the more they drank, the healthier they would be.

 ©  Aggie Reiter & snap

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.

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter

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

The Basilica Quarter is Transformed by Advent Festive Spirit @ Budapest!

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Top3 European Best Xmas Fair Budapest.

The top market destinations you should never miss when your in Europe for Xmas!

Nothing is far away if you want to feel good … Visit St. Steven Basilica Budapest – Hungary.

District, V., Saint Steven Square – Budapest

November, 22. 2019 – January, 1. 2020.

Quality exhibitors … Environmental awareness are the headlines at this year’s Advent Fair!

On November, 22, for the 9th time, one of the most beautiful festivities in Budapest open the Advent Fair at the Saint Steven Basilica. Was on a social media guided tour whereas spoke about this year’s program having underlining interactive self-help points and a 12-meter huge Christmas tree.

On the social tour visited the selfie spot, where can create a unique pattern on the facade of the Basilica,  take a photo and post your own special creations typing an e-mail address to share with friends or family. Can choose from 5 pre-designed decorations having Xmas greetings in over 40 languages. Following the Prosecco stand where from the region Treviso, Prosecco DOC  wine and also showing the sky high price champion available. Visited The Hungarian Ecumenical Charity Service, where every item brought there income goes to the needy. Another highlight on the square was the giant wreath entering into the Fair’s area. Next stop was really for the young kids and even their parent where they will not walk on by without looking at the small Legoland figures. Many might have already heard or seen the famous Hungarian blue paint materials. Clothes and other handy accessories. The lady on the stand told that there was a time when Antonio Banderas bought a hat from her. We stopped at the B & Q stand where hamburgers are made from the Hungarian grey cattle meat.

In the middle of the market, there is an oval skating-rink where everybody once again experiences in going back in time as being a kid. Skating training for children on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. It is free to use under the age of 14 and if the skates are not in hand can borrow some for free of charge. If the small ones are insecure on the ice, they can take part in training every weekend.

More than ever, this year’s program is complete with interactive self-help points and a 12-meter twinkling Christmas tree. The 3D light painting goes on every day from 10 o’clock in the morning. The screening goes on within every half an hour from 4.30 p.m. – 10 p.m. The thrill in viewing the light on-and-off on the walls of religious scenes come alive on the Basilica facade. With special plastic glasses can view the animation and which can be purchased on the spot.

Walking around shopping makes you hungry soon-or-later but no worries special gastronomic offers for visitors are there what their eye desires. Stay to enjoy the delicious gourmet food and drinks offerings, homemade handicrafts and artisan culinary delights.

The market will offer typical Hungarian culinary products and will also feature artisan food products and Xmas gift at the wooden chalets ideas from both local and European traders.  So if you have left this year’s Xmas shopping until the last minute. No worries … sneaks into the last-minute Fair.  Discover decorations, toys and gifts as the air comes alive with festive sights, scents and sounds.

During the season of Advent transforming its weekly market into enchanting Xmas fair loosen yourself and enjoy the time at the Saint Steven Basilica filled with holiday cheer. Friends and family give yourselves over to the festive moods, shot mulled wine and perhaps watch next to the rink as the skaters roll, a time for everyone to see  Xmas lights and the view of the grand Basilica as it shines up.

Open from Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. 8 p.m.

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Furthermore: December, 24: 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

December, 25.- 26. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

December, 31. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

January, 1. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Slip into the Xmas spirit and enjoy the tasty dishes at the many gastronomic wooden stands here in Budapest – Saint Steven Basilica Square.

 

Update, snaps Aggie Reiter