St. Martin Day Goose Festival with Huge Breasts and Hot Thighs 2022.

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Saint Martin’s Day marks the end of the economic year on the farms and the beginning of the period of the Fall to come, which is associated with many folk customs and beliefs throughout Hungary.

This year, the 20th St. Martin’s New Wine Festival will take place in the Skanzen, complete with festive program elements such as: folk customs and beliefs, goose feast, wine tasting and wine making programs, lantern parade, handicrafts, including children’s concerts, puppet theaters, performances by dance groups and other concerts from November, 12 – 13. 2022. Venue: Address:  75. Sztaravodai Rd. – Szentendre.

The importance of the new wine and the goose feast must be emphasized, because without them there is no St. Martin’s Day entertainment.

In keeping with tradition, guests are greeted at the gates of the River Danube Bend with mouth-watering snacks and the taste of new wine again this year. Goose dishes include various roast geese, roasted chestnuts, pumpkin, and baked apples.

To ease the thirst for the visitors  offering quality artisanal wines by the winneries following: Birkás Winery – Izsák – Greitenbach Winery – Bodrogkisfalud – Tokaj – Tamás Dúzsi’s Cellar – Szekszárd – ÉKKŐ Wine Workshop – Szentbékálla – Egedi Bormíves Tanya – Eger – Kőhegyvir – Szentendre – Laposa Badacsony/Badacsonytomaj -Lingvay Winery – Vác – Pál Mészáros wine house and cellar – Szekszárd – Nyolcas és fia artisan winery – Eger – Polgár Winery – Villány.

Naturally, connected to the St. Martin Day food to fill the visitors hunger will not be missing at the SKANZEN Restaurant – Jászárokszállás Inn building.  Soups – Main course – Sweeties …  such as: Saffron beef soup with roast goose, Baked pumpkin soup, toasted pumpkin seeds from Salafő, pumpkin seed oil. Crispy oven-baked goose leg with quince-flavored purple cabbage and mashed potatoes with onions, Goose meat on paprika sour cream, beetroot mashed potatoes, Martin’s daily plater:  Lecsós steak with foie gras and mutton curd strap, Salt with smoked goose breast, sheep’s cheese strapacska with bacon, Three-onion pumpkin gersli. Hand-pulled homemade pumpkin and poppy seed strudel, Plum jam pie,  Duck’s foot cake, Butter and honey millet porridge, forest fruit.

The St. Martin’s Day Goose entire menu with unlimited buffet food and drinks (carbonated soft drinks, mineral water, new wine, wine, beer, coffee) can be booked in advance or on the spot.

Buffet consumption is possible on both days between Noon and  6 p.m. at the pre-booked time. Table reservation: +36 30 618 6230. Price: 13500HUF (up to 12 years: 9000HUF)

By-the-way …  The Skanzen – The Open-Air Museum of Ethnography is the largest open-air museum within 63 hectare area in Hungary where the visitors can see folk architecture, housing culture, farming and lifestyle come to life from the past eras.

Recomandation by Aggie Reiter

On Screen from Delacroix to Gauguin Documentary

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From November in Hungary at the art movie theaters will be screened within the series of exhibition “From Delacroix to Gauguin” by Danish art collector.

Given the nature of the subject matter and its delivery, The Danish Collector will not be to everyone’s taste. However, for those with a raging thirst for Impressionism and/or without the means to fly to England, France or Denmark, this film is the next best thing.
It’s strange to think of Impressionists, such as Monet and Renoir, being vilified. It almost feels like a cliché, but it was the case for part of the 1800s. Then men like Hansen came along and a whole new generation of collectors was born. Somewhat dry in its presentation of Hansen’s life and influence, the real stars of the documentary are of course, the artworks themselves can be seen both Hansen’s summer home, which has almost been turned into a museum in the suburbs of Copenhagen, Ordrupgaard and its garden.  The audience may drop by places to see the best of 19th century French impressionist works and also at the London’s Royal Academy. The Danish Collector offers up a closer than close look at art by the likes of Gauguin and Delacroix.

The Danish collection is a repository of the finest impressionist works ever painted. The path leads from the romantic paintings of Delacroix, the realistic paintings of Corot and Courbet to the impressionist landscapes of Monet, Pissarro, Cézanne and Sisley, and even the impressionist portraits of Degas, Manet, Morisot and Gonzalès in his collection.

Distributed in Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

Recommendation by Aggie Reiter

Mittelcinemafest – 20th Central European Italian Film Festival @ Budapest & Szeged 2022.

Between November, 5-16. will be held in the Puskin and Tabán cinemas in Budapest also  between November, 10-12 at the Belvárosi cinema in Szeged.
This is a joint event of the Budapest Italian Cultural Institute and Cinecittà.
The domestic audience can watch 12 contemporary Italian films, including many festival successes, in the original language with Hungarian subtitles.
The audience will also be able to meet several Italian artists. Francesco Turbanti – lead actor and co-director of Peremlét – (Margini) who won the audience award at the Venice Film Festival.  Marta Savino, the first-time director of The First Woman, and her female protagonist, Claudia Gusmano, Stefano Chiantini, the director of Ten Years Later … and Benedetta Porcaroli, the main character of Amanda, will be here  in Budapest. Sara Serraiocco, who became known as Baldwin in the TV series Képmás (Portré), also plays in two films: Drought, which won the Premio Francesco Pasinetti award at the Venice Film Festival, and Lord of the Ants, which was also awarded in Venice, will be present.
This year, viewers can meet the creators of five films at the Pushkin cinema in Budapest.
On  Thursday, November, 10. at 7.30 p.m., the film Peremlét (Margini), which won the audience award at this year’s Venice Film Festival, will be screened. Its protagonists are members of a punk band, who finally have the opportunity to really show themselves: they will be the opening act for the famous American hardcore punk band’s concert in Bologna. An audience meeting with the film’s protagonist and co-director, Francesco Turbanti, after the screening.
On Friday, November, 11. at 7.30 p.m., Paolo Virzì’s film Siccita, which won the Premio Francesco Pasinetti award at this year’s Venice Film Festival, will be screened. One of the female protagonists of the film, Sara Serraiocco, will be there at the premiere in Budapest.
On Saturday, November, 12. at 5.30 p.m.  Amanda will be screened.  The main character of the film, Benedetta Porcaroli will be the guest of the festival. The film’s director, Marta Savino, and its female protagonist, Claudia Gusmano, will both accompany the film at Budapest.
On Sunday, November, 13. at 7.30 p.m.,  Premio Brian, NUOVOIMAIE Talent Award winner The Lord of the Ants (Il Signore delle Formiche) will be screened at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The female protagonist of the film, Sara Serraiocco, will be happy to answer the viewers’ questions.
The final film of the Mittelcinemafest on Wednesday, November 16. at 7.30 p.m. Ten years later… (Il Ritorno),
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Part 3. Autumn Festivals of Museums in Hungary – 2022.

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Part 3. Late afternoon continuing the our press tour, took a visit to the German Nationality Museum at Tata. The museum was  founded in 1972. The German population in Hungary is estimated at almost a quarter of a million, which is the most important ethnic group in our country. Its task and goal is to collect and present its intellectual culture nationwide. The exhibition was opened for the first time in 1973. In 1983, after becoming independent, it moved to the renovated Nepomuccenus Mill, which once operated as a water mill. The former water mill was built in 1758 based on the plans of Jakab Fellner, and was named Saint John of Nepomuk, after the patron saint of millers and those who travel by water. The facade of the building is decorated with a sculpture carved from wood. At the 500 m2 exhibition in the main building objects can be seen which are  regularly in use by domestic and foreign researchers as well as university students studying the subject. One of the museum’s main programs is the “Guest in the Museum” event. Each year, one county with national traditions presents themselves by a temporary exhibition. The museum plays an important role with young people who represent national traditions, so they can be the bridge between the generations. They can learn about the knowledge of the elders according to their own interests. However, the aim of the museum is also to open up space for the local and neighboring ethnic kindergartens and school children.  There is also introducing  the life of the museum with guided tours and gastronomic programs. The museum’s collections include products from the end of the 19th century, but most objects from the 20th century were brought to the museum by  the locals of Hungary. The majority of the collection are ethnographic objects, which here show material culture of the Germans living in today’s Hungary organized with the support of the Ethnographic Museum.

Almost ending day on our press tour, the press conference took place at the German Nationality Museum in Tata, whereas Ms. Zsófia Jakab – Deputy General Manager of marketing and communications of the Hungarian Tourist Agency, highlighted in connection with the event. “Q”: “Cultural tourism is a particularly important element among the tourism products of our country. For this purpose, 4.5 million guests arrive every year, who spend 13 million guest nights in Hungary. From the tourism point of view …  it is important to mention that those interested in the Hungarian culture is extremely important that we primarily provide high-quality hospitality within our services.”

Ms. Magdolna Nagy – Director Organizer Szabadtéri  (Open-Air) Ethnography Museum – Center for Museum Education and Methodology, spoken about the organizational background of the Autumn Festival of Museums, the antecedents of the concept created in 2022.  The museums organize programs related to culture, environmental protection, social and mental sustainability. She added, the rich programs awaiting visitors to lead their footsteps to these historical amazing sights. She mentioned, as in every year, the institutions can connect their events to given themes. In addition to the four topics retained from previous years, four other new topics adapted to the concept of the year as to provide in the opportunities. The number of museums participating in the series of events exceeded 120, and in addition to nearly 40 in the capital, almost 80 rural museums organize programs. Until November, 13.,  cca. 1000 events of more than 500 types of events is to attract visitors to the museum.

Hopefully my readers will enjoy a ride.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Part 2. Autumn Festivals of Museums in Hungary – 2022.

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Part 2. Continuing our tour day program, visited the permanent display of the life of the Camaldolese Priory at OroszlányMajk Camaldolese Hermitage monastery, that lays in the western part Hungary. Was built from the donations of the Eszterházy  and other famous aristocratic families in the 18th-century as a monastery complex. Recently had been renovated in-and-outside and it is considered a true rarity and unique in Europe. Previously noble families gave financial support for the construction of each hermitage, the church tower and the former monastery. The building of the Eszterházy Castle preserves the memory of the monks who once lived there. The monks lived by the Camaldolese order “silent friends”. Strove for spiritual perfection, for this purpose they lived alone praying, combining communal, monastic and hermit life as their daily lives in their cell houses based on strict regulatory principles. Each of them had Officium Rákóczianum prayer book named after Ferenc I. Rákóczi. Their prayer book was written in Latin but had a translation in Hungarian. The monastery built in U-shaped forester  surrounded by high walls. We were invited to have a look inside the 6th and 7th building out of the 17 hermitages. The house size are all same 80 m2 which has a garden size also 80 m2, here the monks grew their own vegetables/herbs. The rooms were all furnished just the way was in use by the monks. Furniture, personal items and cloths were exhibited. The house had a living room, a chapel, a workshop, a woodshed, and an anteroom. A huge mass vestments made of leather was also on display covered by a huge glass. They had strict rules to keep: fasting, physical work, self-restraint, chanting, and obedience. The camaldolian monks of today living in Bielany, near Krrakkó – Poland.

The Tatabánya Museum, located in the Agora of Vértes, presented a tour back to way back the past, visiting the archaeological monuments out on display seens the discovered in the area. Also introduced the modern and recent monuments found during the excavations. At the Tata Castle, bearing the architectural features of six centuries, has been home to the Kuny Domokos Museum since 1954, which currently has five permanent and four temporary exhibitions and all year around can be visited.

Some visited breathtaking venues and exhibition pictures can be viewed by taking a look at the slideshow.

Riport to be continued in PART 3.

Riport and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Laurent Baffie: Case-Case … Or How The Cube Bounce?

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Comedy play is on at the Belvárosi Theater from Saturday, November, 5. 2022.

A ground-breaking comedy that was a big hit both on stage and film!

Summary … Let’s take a group of unknown people, put them in a room – in our case, the hall of a world-famous psychiatrist – and close the door on them. Sooner or later it will be revealed that each of them has their own fun hep…

Our heroes stubbornly cling to their life belts, with which they can stay afloat in everyday life, and while they wait, one life belt appears after another. Real acrobatics, with which they bravely avoid each other’s life belts and try to become a real team. The stakes are not small: will they find the rules of the game, with which they can win together and separately?

Laurent Baffie’s license was mediated by SACD (France) and Hofra Ltd.

The performance is recommended for audience with Hungarian language knowledge and individuals over the age of 14.

Actors: VINCENT – taxi driver: Schruff Milán, FRED – parrot breeder: Ferenc Pataki, BLANCHE – laboratory assistant: Mónika Ullmann, LILI – fitness trainer: László Lili, MARIE – holy pot: Zsuzsa Járó, BOB – technical draftsman: Barnabás Rohonyi, ASSISTANT: Judit Cseh.

Director: Béla Paczolay … Author: Laurent Baffie … Translator: Gergely Zöldi … Set designer: Khell Csörsz … Costume designer: Györgyi Fekete … Composer: Péter Furák … The director’s collaborator: Dorka Dicő …Producer: Tibor Orlai.

Ticket can be purchased at the Theater’s ticket office.

Source: Belvárosi Theater – Budapest

Recommendation by: Aggie Reiter

“A Glass of Wine” With Winemaker Endre Szászi @ Endre Szászi Jr.


Conservation beside “A Glass of Wine” with Endre Szászi and his son at the Scruton Pub – Budapest by Anna Demeter – Magazine Hungarian chronicle. Elder Szászi said they moved to the Szent György Mountain, cause the dream was to live in an environment the same way as the old winemakers are near to their wine yards, rise together with the grapes and go to bed with a glass of wine. At first he ran a wine shop at Szigliget and did not give up his wish and slowly came true, began with planting on 1.8 hectares around their house. His plan was to build an organic farm.
Kabócás(cicada )Italian Reisling grown on the Saint Antal  mountain aside near Szigliget. Szászi Jr. join him after felling in love with the nature soundings, there is something in the air which gives the Mediterranean feeling as when the semolina plays the leading role on the scene and he brought up a memorial as when the Titanic sank the musicians were the last to have leaf the ship, the semolina retiring for the winter. Their first success was followed a year later by the second one. Because of cicada was not harvested for 8 years long. The autumn rain and mist settle in and gave difficulty. The forest have had been cut out and vines have replaced the old ones. The breeze helped the plantation not to dry out but that was not all to be cheerful about cause then the wild boar appeared and caused a huge damage at the vines. Thereafter crops were harvested in 2015 and 2018.
Endre Szászi said, he believes in the wine is an imprint of the vintage and the secret to their wines lay where the soil is basalt. Added it is difficult to stay on the market without having your own plantations. So after his wine shop, bought grapes, made wine, came catering, and accommodation was already organically connected to this. Thereafter, small press houses were bought and the venue transformed into quarters bearing the hallmarks of village tourism.

The father said he won’t bother if his son will not follow process to growing grapes and be a winemaker, but if he stays as trade and marketing that will be just fine. At the vineyard the family members are the co-workers there is a good and bad to it. Closed the conversation with: “children have to keep in mind they do not inherit the “Golden Egg” but the hen needs to be taken care of.

Riport Aggie Reiter

Budapest’s Central Theater – “A WEEK AGO” – Magyartenger (Hungarian Sea) Premiere

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Coming up in a just couple of days, on November, 5. – 7:30 P.M. a first full-length independent play by Bence Bíró on stage at the Central Theater Budapest. The contemporary drama takes place over 24 hours in a holiday home at Lake Balaton. The scene is a typical family holiday depicted in an unusual way. Kinda comedy with six male and four female characters. Sceen … gathering stormy clouds on the shores of the lake … chats are going on about politics adding comments here-and-there, surrounding five pounds of love and armed garden gnomes. Great actors such as Móni Balsai, Tibor Fehér and Zoltán Schmied take the stage in the main roles with also other actors such as: Eszter Földes, Éva Szabó, Kata Pálfy, Ódor Krostóf, János Papp and Bálint Rada. The show’s director and set designer is Róbert Alföldi, who said earlier “No matter how hard the times are, family is family and Lake Balaton is Balaton. And skeletons can tumble out of the cupboards, there can be all kinds of spoken or unspoken problems and sorrows … Lake Balaton is still Balaton … and the family is just family … that’s why it comes difficult sometimes … but love is still love. In the meantime, many may have a smile during the play in recognizing their own selves.

During the play, may see how the audience and the actors find joy in the play.

The scenery was designed by Robert Alföldi, and the costume designer was Eszter Kálmán.

The presentation is in Hungarian language.

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Part 1. Autumn Festival of Museums in Hungary – 2022.

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Part 1. On a full day study tour which was organized for the written and online media representatives by the Hungarian Tourist Agency and the Open-Air Museum of Ethnography – Museum Education and Methodology Center – Szentendre (MOKK)  in presenting the coming up events related to the Autumn Festival of Museums.  The visiting venues were at Tatabánya – Tata –  Oroszlány  – Majk Museum  which are in the region of Central Transdanubian.

Arrived to the venue by bus from Budapest organized by the (MOKK).  Arriving to our first stop at Tatabánya  … the seat of Komárom-Esztergom county …  the media representative were welcomed by – Gabriella A. Pál …  at Majk – Zsuzsanna Éva Kovács and  Tata director Richard Schmidtmayer. Our host talked about their programs,  main goal to shed light on the museums’ role in the natural, intellectual and social fields, clarify the concept of sustainability and to draw attention to the museum’s rich activities related to the Autumn Festival of Museums.Visited two superb museum institutions

In the Tatabánya Museum, was introduced the archaeological monuments discovered in the area, as well as the new and recent monuments. We could have a view of their latest project from a bird’s eye view through  VR glasses which was the topic about garbage collection around the Turul monument. As mentioned, this was made for educational purposes in a playful way to make children aware of the importance of rubbish collection collection.

There are plenty of cultural tourism opportunities in Hungary  … be a guest – visitor at one of them.

Still at Tatabánya visited the Mining and Industria Skanzen with its member institution. This venue is also unique in every sense and most probably in an international context as well. We visited the entire building complexes of the Mine and saw the miners’six-door houses, where we could see age-old tools and equipment, the furnished offices, walking outdoor saw the smaller and giant machines and among them the tools and equipment which looked as an outer space land, and in the meantime went down to the old XV shaft.

Riport to be continued in PART 2.

Riport and snaps by  Aggie Reiter

At the Tornai Winery – 7th Somló “Juhfark” Festival 2022

 

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Venue: Tornai Winery – Somlójenő – Somló Hill – Hungary

Lately visited Somló upon invitation to get to know the 17 wineries bringing 27 Juhfark delights at the Somló Juhfark Festival.

The representative presentation of Juhfark – (Sheep Tail) was organized for the seventh time with the co-operation of winemakers from Somló, where the public could participate in tasting the best batches of the past years wines and get to know the winemakers personally, ask questions, talk about their techniques of wine making, the characteristics of the wines, taste and taste again.

The Somló Juhfark (“Sheep Tail” – in English) – (staying with the original Hungarian name from now one) Holiday, was organized a special walking tasting event in many ways in providing a special experience for the wine-loving public. At the Festival one of the most popular wineries were present at the same time with their best wines. We were introduced to know the characteristics of the wine region. We could also follow the handiwork from the winemaker within tasting their items. These wines were completely different types and characters of Juhfark.

In brief back in time long the way to to-day’s Somló Winery … Endre Tornai after returning home from the war, he restarted the family farm. Instead of the grapes he lost in Badacsony, he bought an outdated plantation in Somló, barely two months old … began his small cellar the Tornai cellar. It is one of the oldest of this kind on a 0.7 ha wine-land, today expanded 50 ha. The 450 ha lands on the hill side are now cultivated by 3000 landowners becoming small plots. For the first time it has been introduced here. The process …the juice is left to stay in contact with the grapes skin for approx. 7 – 14 hours.Then yielding a brightly color, full-bodies white wine with charastic acidic-mineral taste mixed elegantly with fresh, fruity fragrance. Several grapes varietals are planted in the field … Riesling, Juhfarok, Szürkebarát, Furmint, Hárslevelű, Zeus, Zenit and Pinot Blanc. The Hárslevelű 2011 earned great gold medal at the international wine competition in Verona. In 2003 received a gold medal in Montreal and Düsseldorf and several other countries.

The wine of Somló and the Tornai winery has for ages been known … taken as medicine … In the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and beyond the Somló wines were claimed to possess medicinal qualities. Many healing powers were recorded. The wine was in favor in the court of Habsburgs, as drinking Somló wine on the royal wedding night was believed to increase the chance to conceive a male child. So along the way from 1990 and today it became, known as the “wedding night wine”

Back to highlight the festival … Juhfark and Somló is a special pairing with a mineral flavor, inimitable wine. The unique volcanic character of the mountain can best be seen … tasted … in the bottles of Juhfark wines.

Participating wineries were: 5 Ház Wine Estate, Barcza Winery, Bogdán Estate, Csetvei Winery, Csordás-Fodor Winery, Dobosi Winery, Fekete Pince, Hegedűs-Szabó Winery, Kolonics Winery, Kőfejtő Cellar, Kreinbacher Estate, Somlói Vándor Cellar, Szabó Winery, Szalai Cellar, Tomcsányi Family Estate, Tornai Winery, Zzirai Winery

At the Tornai winery can not only enjoyed the wines, but also beauty of the varied golden field of “Grapeville” at Somló.
In addition to the walking tasting, we could participate in additional programs. One workshop was a ride on a special little bus coming to pick us up just for this occasion, rolling up-and-down Somló hilly side on the vineyard tour titled “Journey around Somló”. During our ride ongoing tasting was held.

We were also able to take part in a special museum-cellap, where the history of generations in winemakers of the Tornai’s family tree and now rare wine making tools were introduced.

At another workshop, we got to know more about the Somló’s vineyards … also tasting excellent wines, older vintages and famous wines from this great wine regions, comparing them with each batch of Juhfark. Was told that the Somló Juhfark wine has crossed the Ocean to the States and there it goes through a web auction … maybe a collect or a deeply wine lover has already cherished a bottle of Juhfark.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter