Hungexpo – Exhibition of Agriculture – Budapest – 2015.

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This fall once again the Hungexpo – Budapest Fair Center is organizing the 77th OMÉK – National Agriculture and Food Exhibition between September, 23-27. 2015.


The main objective of the largest agricultural and food exhibition in Hungary is to demonstrate the achievements that have been made during the past year. Also upon traditional farming is to present the forms and the way to enviroment friendly and effective farming whereas at the same time beside the agriculture experts, farmers, nine touristic regions join the fair to introduce their sights-and-sound, special local food and traditions.

During the exhibition many demonstrations, stage programs, interactive attractions and intimate stalls can be visited, also offering traditional food – home-made cheese, jams, sausages, folk items, a wide scale of Hungarian wines from the wine regions, meat and fish food. Talking about fish food …  two celebrity stars, singer Zséda and Peti Puskás had prepared at the OMÉK’s kitchen walleye fish dishes. The two stars intention was to raise attention and popularize the “Get it!”  fish consumption campaign booth.


Chef Róbert Bede gave instruction for the celebrities behind the kitchen desk. At the “Get It!”  stand  leading chefs will be holding cooking shows throughout the exhibition where the visitors can learn how to prepare quickly dishes, the unusual way from different kind of fish as: walleye, trout, carp or catfish.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Cheeseville – III. Nations Cheese Competition Finalist at the Wine Festival – Buda Castle – 2015 – Hungary

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I.  “SZEGA” Cheese Celebration

Between August, 24 – September, 13. 2015. at the SZEGA MARKET – Budagönyge

Open: 10 a.m. – midnight

Attended at the III. Nations Cheese Competition press briefing. Concluded 17 countries ambassadors, and/or representatives of their Embassy were present. Each country was about to introduce their own point of view about their cheese in the forthcoming nation’s cheese competition. Ádám Gábossy – managing director of  the competition welcomed the distinguish guests at the SZEGA Market – Budagyöngye – District,I., 121 Szilágyi Erzsébet Ave. on the -1 level.

At the end of the presentation all had said they have high hopes that their national cheese will be this year’s winner.  Here is the list of cheese anybody can taste at the SZEGA Market and also purchase with a rather low discount price.

United States of America – Sartori Bella Vitano Merlot – Merlot wine dipped matured semi-solid greasy cheese.  Austria – Mölltaler Almkase – 12 months ripened Alpine-fat hard cheese. Belgium  – La Hervé Á La Biére A.O.P. – beer-washed crust, greasy, soft cheese. Czech Republic – Zlatá Prahá – semi-soft, fatty cheese fermentation with holes. Denmark – Danbo – semi-solid, greasy,  washed crust, soft cheese. United Kingdom – Red Leichester – traditional farmhouse semi-solid oily greasy cheese. Estonia – Forte Classico – aged 10 months. Lactose-free, semi-skimmed, hard cheese. France – Comté A.O.C. – Traditional farmhouse oily greasy, semi-solid cheese.  Greece – Kefaloteri – traditional, raw sheep milk, hard cheese. The Netherlands – Edam Balls – semi-solid, semi-greasy, national cheese. Ireland – Dubliner – greasy, hard, Irish cheese. Hungary – Abbey – fatty semi-hard cheese with rugged holes. Germany – Limburger – traditional, washed crust, semi-greasy, soft cheese, Italy – Provolone – traditional, greasy, semi-solid, Italian cheese. Portugal – Sao Jorge D.O.P. – Seven months of maturing, raw milk, fat, semi-hard cheese.Spain – Idizabal  D.O.P. – raw sheep milk, fat, hard cheese. Switzerland – Appenzeller Extra Noir A.O.C – Six months of maturing, fat, semi-solid cheese.

The participating countries representatives also offered their products for tasting at the briefing and could already vote in person to choose by their own taste as to be the one of 2015 year’s runner-up cheese.

At the Nations Cheese Competition 17 countries and also cheese capital representatives/producers will be on the spot for the guests to taste these mouth melting cheese. At the same time the tasters can vote on their taste to be 2015 year’s best cheese at

I had the opportunity to taste the products and talk to the dedicated …  and we did not have to travel around Europe for good cheese, at last we ate finally traditional  real yummy cheese made of cows real milk at the press meeting

Indeed the Cheese Road protagonists of artisan cheese maker produce unique and special, high-quality cheese products for their local and foreigner buyers. The tourist can expects quality. The visitors collecting experience who will therefore choose the route to  be present at the finalist of the Nations Cheese Competition  will  most probably enjoy their stay in Budapest and will not be unsatisfied.

Based on the votes, the winner country’s cheese is to receive the award at the venue of the 24th Wine Festival at the Buda Castle.

Nations Cheese Contest Award Ceremony:

 Sunday, September,13. 2015. 5.20 p.m.

Here is in brief  a peak into the presentation given by the Greek and United Kingdom part to the history, tradition kept to their cheese  … Below is a part of the Greece presentation given by Konstantinos Flouris – Economic and Commercial Office – Embassy of Greece – Budapest and it goes like this Q.: “According to the Greek mythology, the gods of Mount Olympus sent Aristaeus, son of god Apollo, to teach men the art of cheese making. It was called a “gift of everlasting value”. Greece is rich in cheese production, with a cheese loving population. For the Greeks cheese is not just an accompanying food – it is food per se. The annual per capita consumption is about 25 kilos, one of the biggest in the EU countries. Greece is classified in the 9th place based on cheese production among the 28 EU countries. There are 16 million sheep and goats in Greece, whose milk is used to produce cheese and yogurt. Following in the footsteps of tradition, Greek cheese makers managed to produce an important selection of cheeses, some of which are unique in the world.  The art of cheese made in Greece has evolved over the years. Feta cheese is made in Greece for over two centuries, and is the undisputed number one item on Greek dinner tables. It is noteworthy, that in Greece approximately 300 different types of cheese are produced, either in small or large quantities, and 21 Greek cheese varieties (among them kefalotyri, feta and graviera cheeses) have been accorded PDO status (“Protected Designation of Origin”) by the European Commission.

As for the presentation of Adam Kettle-Williams  – UK Embassy in Budapest talked about the Red Leichester cheese going for the award in the competition …  saying this is a special cheese in the UK, Also told the story of the traditional cheese rolling race which is pretty popular in the UK … Q.: „Thousands gather each year to watch Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling competition. Contestants in the men’s race chase a replica Double Gloucester Cheese down the steep gradient during the annual cheese-rolling Bank Holiday tradition in Gloucestershire, England. Contestants from around the world tumble-down the 200m slope, like a rocket to win the world-famous event and the one who first get down the hill receive the Double Gloucester Cheese as the reward. … Also a quicky history.: „Randwick, Gloucestershire, had two, probably unrelated, calendar customs of note. The cheese-rolling was described in a letter, dated April 1827, published in William Hone’s Table Book, which related that every May Day three large Gloucester cheeses were decked with flowers and carried on litters in procession through the town, and were then rolled around the church before being cut up and distributed. This custom has been revived, following closely the old description, but with only one cheese being distributed and the other two set aside for rolling at the start of Randwick Wap. The term ‘Wap’ has not been satisfactorily explained, but it is the name for the local revel or feast, which was held on the second Monday after Easter, and it perhaps pertains to the weaving trade which was the mainstay of the village economy. The celebrations included a mock mayor ceremony, first mentioned in 1703, and suppressed about 1892 because of the drunkenness it encouraged. It was revived in 1972,  along with other celebrations of the new Randwick Wap.”

The Wine Festival of 2015 will take place at the same venue within the Buda Castle beginning from

Wednesday, September, 9. until Sunday, September, 13.

These various European cheese perfectly will go along with your wine either having a sip of dry, red or sparkling wines and good to keep in mind to give it a try from afar the American cheese to be first introduced in Hungary, which was previously an award-winning cheese in the United States of America.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Rowing in Budapest! … Danube Regatta!

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Splashing Rowing on the River Danube!

  Sports Festival Of The Year!

Saturday, April, 25. 2015.

Before getting into deep Herald News, here are some figures to make your day … Two top US universities,  rowers on the water 324, 36,000 meters down the River Danube, A number of 3470  beat sound on  the dragon boats.  With 1684 supporters, also counting on cca. 13000 visitors. Up to 26 Bayside programs around with 20 extreme sports, 10 music programs having 5 finalists. These were the figures to the coming up third Danube Regatta, so we heard at the press conference at the Danube Whale Center inside the “Esetleg” Bar and Bistro house. “On board” was present: Anikó Gorácz  – press officer – Antall József Knowledge Center, Péter Jánosi – president – Hungarian Dragon Boat Association, Bendegúz Petersburg-Molnár – European rower champion, hosted by Gábor Gundel Takács.

The Harvard  and Princeton rowers team from the States will be participating – rowing in the Danube Regatta competition. Rowers and dragon boats will swarm the most picturesque section of the Danube. Professional and amateur teams will race off against each other and the champions of last year’s Regatta, between the Parliament building and the main building of Budapest University of Technology.  For the time being of the programs traffic on the river will be stopped.

This huge water-sports event is by the patron of Colleen Bell – US Ambassador to Hungary who will be present to open the event on Saturday, April, 25. 2015.

The whole event is organised by the Antall Knowledge Center.  The basic idea of Hungary’s biggest sports festival was called three years ago  for several purposes … on one hand to promote the sporty lifestyle among the youths and to light up so many ways … options the venue of the River Danube can be used.

At the Danube Regatta races, two in a rowing race finals of six Hungarian and two US universities professional racers drive consisting of eight ships will be participating. The starts goes off  in front of the Parliament Building and the finish line will be in front of the Technical University of Buda at the new K-building.

Another interesting competition to the program is to draw the attention and spread the news, which promises to the dragon boat race. Péter Jánosi, president –  Hungarian Dragon Boat Association, said: 12 boats within two USA, three and nine provincial capital’s boats on the water.  University of enthusiastic amateurs recruited 18-strong team from a total of more than 200 students will be measured by volume. Each team is has skilled drummer and drive control, the preparation, the team-building exercise at their disposal will be at the „Lágymányosi Bay” on the open waters of the Danube. The organizers calling this event “The year’s sports festival in Hungary”. The water sports fans will be awaited, especially to see and cheer at this unique rowing sport.  extreme sports to challenge those who wish to try themselves how skillful  they are. After the gripping Danube Regatta  competition there will be no full stop,  plenty of musical programmes will continue throughout the evening until late-late night, with giving the beat to the  Intim Torna Illegál band, the Sound of the University with the sing-off contest, dancing to the beat of the DJ Whiteboy closing the big party.

As the press conference ended there was a choice for a voluntary participation  to measure his/her rowing power against Bendegúz Petersburg-MolnárEuropean rower champion, rowing on a special rowing ergo meter bench off  on a 200-meter run. Despite the fact that the candidate was above the fifties, received 100-meter run advantage from Bendegúz and even though he at the finish line rowed in first. Here the victory was not important. Indeed the candidate got slightly sweaty and said at the end it is not so easy to paddle as it seems.

Here are the participating rowers at the Danube Regatta: The Andrássy Gyula German University (AUB), the Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB), the  Budapest Business School (BBS), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), the  Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), the National Public Service University (NCU), the Catholic University (PPKE), the Semmelweis University (SE), the University of Physical Education (TD), the University of Pécs (PTE), the  Széchenyi István University (KAU), the University of Szeged (Szeged),  Two  American universities … the eternal rival teams from the Harvard and the Princeton University!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter


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National Theater … Hungarian State Folk Ensemble evokes Ruthenia 

Director-choreographer Gábor Mihályi

7 p.m. – Sunday, November, 16. 2014.

Update and sharing yesterday’s prolusion at the National Theater – Budapest … The Transcarpathia people of diverse and rich traditional culture reminiscent by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble new productions: „Summoned Ruthenia  … beyond passes”. The production will be on show, Sunday, November 16. 2014.

This is for the first time to introduce by dancing through the palette the past decades  summarizing  the Transcarpathian life and history by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

With featuring Hungarian, Romanian, Ruthenian, Jewish music, solos also sang by Agnes Herczku  and Hetényi Milan. The dancers superb performance wish to introduce and prove that the tradition can apostrophized for the people of today. Not only the choreography and the original authentic period clothing is spectacular but all-in-all throughout the change of periods and places, the scenes are glamorous… Worthwhile to check the ticket box, if there have not been made any program for the evening.

Following the premiere on Sunday,  November, 16. at the National Theater, the presentation will be on show at the House of Traditions – Budapest.  The  tapping foots, traditional live music,  and dancing  throughout 70 minutes surely proved this is a well design production, not to mention the hard work which is behind the State Folk Ensemble dancers whom fulfilled a superb show.

 National Theater: District IX., 1., Bajor Gizi Park – Budapest

Order through local  telephone number: 476-6868

 Ticket booth opening hours  on Sunday 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. or before the show on the spot.


Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter


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February, 5-10. 2013.

Being at the City of Miskolc, it is impossible not to stop for a  while to mention the illustrious dramatic actress, (Jókainé) Laborfalvi Róza (+November,20.1886.) who played on the stage of the National Theater Miskolc. She was the wife of Mr. Mór Jókai, the Hungarian realist theater pioneer, who himself entered the Hungarian theater history. The platitude is so true in the case of Ms. Jókainé Laborfalvi Róza, that „behind every successful man is a woman.” The only difference is that the “great Hungarian storytelling, the well-known writer was behind and next to her husband as a successful actress.

At her apex of glory in 1883, celebrating her artistic career 50 years jubilee  granted by the National Theater Miskolc, played her old-time favorite role of Volumnia in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. The entire audience was present in full gala, as the presence of the King in person, I Franz Joseph personally crowned her by a golden cross on merit.4

On the occasion of the opening of the National Theater  Miskolc, September, 3. 1857., Mór Jókai held the opening speech and Róza Laborfalvi played as a guest actress. Ms. Laborfalvi retired from the stage in 1859 until  then she was most dominant drama actress in the house.

After skipping back in time, now wish to pull the attention to the “SZEM” = “EYE” … FESTIVAL  brought  in the frame with updates from inside the historical walls at the National Theater Miskolc.


The 1st International University and College Theater Festival at the National Theater Miskolc

February, 5-10. 2013.

Hundered theater artists from Six European countries!

Mr. Csaba Kiss, Director National Theater Miskolc, opened the festival  saying why the festival is called SZEM? … (stands for EYE in Hungarian language) … „I believe  in the moment … a good conversation, a good meeting and the as „SZEM” –  EYE  sees, feels … it is about Confidence, Curiosity, Openness and Honesty. This is why the SZEM – EYE is represented on the festival’s flag,  it is important in terms of expression, because we feel, we are living in a very lean year in finding curiosity, openness an contacts. The  SZEM  – EYE is our first  international  festival by many reasons, just mentioning one … even though the National Theater at City of Miskolc is outside the capital of Hungary, organizing, bringing  European academic young adult artists performing with their homeland productions into our city  is unique  by itself. This evening at this 1st International  SZEM – EYE festival for what you are about to see and hear is shown by the young musical artists  member, bless with good voices from the University of Theater and Film Arts, Budapest, Hungary.  It is also rare to have a musical class with so many extremely talented singers. We would surely like to count on the group to perform at our forthcoming summer theater festival. Hope “we can work  it” ! The Director quoted an extract from Goethe’s fairy tale: „The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily… Where are you from? … The crevices  … said the snake – where the gold room. … What’s cooler than gold? … said the king. … Light – replied the snake. … What is more refreshing than light? … said the other. The conversation – was the answer”

At the end of  the director’s welcoming speech, he wished the audience not just only for this evening, but to the forthcoming 5 days performances to come along and enjoy the shows .  As he left the stage, the  lights slowly were turned into darkness. In the auditorium  softly whispering voices saying … good-night … good-night,  filled the air. When the lights were turned on again two-member of the band were on the stage  and the Beatles show began with the „Good-Night Sweetheart from the ’68 album of the Beatles. Wow … what a starter and the whole 2 hours was absolutely breathtaking… not just because of the young artist’s superb show, but each-and-every song’s lyrics were played on the stage, coming alive like the “Fool on the Hill” with excellent choreography. I bet this musical performance would be even number one in the UK, the homeland of the Beatles! The acts and the songs matched  perfectly. Sorry can’t bring  the picture but here are some titles  which were sung and played:  Sgt. Pepper, Let it be, Because, When I’m, 64, Your mother would know, Roll over Beethoven, I’ll be back , I need you, Misery, Ask me why?, Oh Darling, Something, Twist and Shout, Here comes the Sun, Fool on the Hill… oh but I mention that earlier, but many more unforgettable tunes were in the air. So this was just a sample of the jolly good tunes to come alive by the grand musical class’s show.  At the same time, seen at the show… listening to those unforgettable Beatles songs that once hit the charts  for many in the audience rang the bell of their once-upon-a-time loved songs caming alive again. Many were shaking their shoulders  and probably tapping the rhythm.   Thumbs-up for the class …well done indeed and hope this production will be on the „must see” performance in the near future throughout Hungary and abroad, because I believe these talented young adult artists from the Budapest’s  University of  Theater, will rock the stages no matter where they will be invited. The groups imagination showed their superb talent by reinterpreting the biggest BEATLES songs of the 60’s.  When the show came to the end, a storm of clapping hands fulfilled the theater hall and they were called back with nonstop applause six times to the stage.  Their success was in the air  … made many  their day, I mean  their night!  … „Happiness is a warm gun” … as the Beatles tune says … and it was all the way through. The young artist and the audience felt that warmth and happiness …  Bang … Bang … Shoot … Shoot … OH YEAH!!!

Three actors  in show are from Ms. Eszter Novák and György Selmeczi graduating class. They are spending their practical and tutorial period at the National Theater in Miskolc. They are also performing in every production brought to the stage at the National Theater  Miskolc.

Students of the musical actors’ class have had created an awesome musical theater, their full night performance on the opening  evening surely highlighted the SZEM Festival. With this production not only the musical, but the organizers of the SZEM – EYE festival really hit the high standards.

After the  first evening’s  production there was a  reception party arranged by Mr. Csaba Kiss, the director for all the participants  joining the SZEM – EYE Festival. Had a chance to ask him about how he was able to achieve  financially the background to bring it to happen this festival? A.: „Actually, this festival was low costed , because the participants are still attending their education time, therefore there was no fee involved.  Another note he added:  “Wished to organize a festival, by covering all the costs and by this way we were able to choose between the productions. There was no exclusion criteria. If you want to call someone and tell him/her that all costs will be covered by the organizers, then usually they will be available to virtually  be at any ensemble. In practice that meant, covering from our side such as the transportation, travel, boarding and lodging. The only „must” from our side  was to have them stay, share their views, learn from each others experiences. So the idea was to let them work together, be at workshops, getting acquainted with the others productions, build a relation with each other and enjoy their stay at Miskolc throughout the whole 5 days at the theater during the festival. “

Mr. Csaba Kiss also spoke about the European universities and academies saying: ” In Europe there are around 60-70 tertiary actor training institutions, universities and academies. About a half-a-year ago sent a circular letter around Europe’s institutions to see whether there is willingness and a production to bring to our festival. Requested to pass a DVD and we one-by-one  selected the  performances, thenafter  sent out our invitations to the institutions. Usually, the festivals are organized by the universities. The SZEM – EYE’s invitation was unique by itself, because a countryside National Theater  invited  Europe’s academic theater artists. This seemed to be a great opportunity to host the best theaters and their artists to participate, be together throughout  the festival’s five days. Furthermore, to work together, exchange experiences at these workshops  by staying for the time being (usually the hosted theaters and artist „lift-off ” as soon as they step down from the stage), get acquainted with the others productions, build a relation with each other and enjoy their stay at Miskolc throughout the whole 5 days at the theater during the festival. Last but not least as to remember for a long time their gain experiences at this festival and their stay at the City of Miskolc. Quoting Goethe at the opening, was … I believe and hope in the next coming five days we will admire the young professional, meet with them, have discussions, and  have a festival of openness, trust and curiosity.”

To be continued with further updates …

 Update and snaps Aggie Reiter