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Hungary’s largest tourist parade at HUNGEXPO –TRAVEL 2016.

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DAY1 ... Even though the data are under processing on the opening day showed the tourism trends show that the visitors are mainly looking at inland offers. Never-the-less there is still 3 days to go for visitors to look and see what the foreigner exhibitors can offer them.

Many foreign exhibitors were here last year and having good experiences with their offers, came back this year aswell.

The list would be extremely long to mention having from 28 countries with 399 exhibitors of domestic and foreign exhibitors, but a short note to see a couple of offers at their stand can be learnt. On the first hand, Budapest – Hungary as the City of Guest of Honor, with its slogan “Budapest hosts Hungary”. In 2016., the Budapest Summer Festival and the Budapest Spring Festival offering this year within the spirit of Romanticism assembled cultural activities and including for tourists special packages to book also available during the exhibition on the spot. At the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, Hungarian and International artists will be on stage  such as: Andrea Rost, Erika Miklósa, Zoltán Kocsis, Támas Vásáry, Gergely Madaras, Hawk Dominic. Welcoming foreigner stars on stage will be Yuja Wang- Chinese pianist, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guez, Giuseppe Filianoti, James Valenti – opera singer, Stacey Kent – jazz diva, guitarist – Stanley Jordan and London’s Globe Theater and the Monte Carlo Ballet. As a novelty 3 Tenors opera gala  and  there will be Virtuosi festive variety show, circus and concerts as well.

On the second-hand, a wide variety of foreigner exhibitors arrived this year aswell to make the Hungarians wish to spend their holidays abroad, and most probably if they really want to know a country’s cultures then certainly will learn through its gastronomy. As mentioned, more than two dozen foreigner exhibitors are present, so here is a couple mentioning to visit their stand.

Austria – Offering  unforgettable entertainment and loads of fun at the Wiesn Festival – September,22. – October, 9. 2016. (More info  to come)

Israel – The israeli stand was opened by His Excellency Ilan Mor Israeli Ambassador to Hungary, by saying Israel is a place to visit once in a lifetime, these were the first welcoming words. Take a journey through the ancient Holy land, learn, discover the authentic Israel with family, friends or fellow travellers. Whatever the season experience something new, interesting and exciting, including activities, customs and places that are unique.  Hear more about the travel opt. on the spot. There is a huge of holiday offers that will surely catch the eye.

Turkey  – A place where nature, Sun and Sea,  health and wellness, sport, culture  can be all  reached having vacation at Kemer/Antalya with family or friends.  There are many hotel just by the Sea where the spectacular mountains and sea view of the Mediterranean can be perceived on the spot.

Malta –  Is closer from Budapest than many may think. It is a small countries with marvelous places to visit, for instance: Popeye Village, the Grand Fort and during the fall holds the Birgufest – Candlelight event at Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa) – which is one of Malta’s oldest and most historic cities.

Cyprus – Was a good reason for the visitors by telling, Cyprus can be visited any time of year that suits you.  Many places rich of ancient ruins can be found there and also very handy is a “free” weekly guided tour, I was told.  Was highlighted to visit Pafos Archaeological Park. It is at the entrance of the harbour one can access this quite stunning park which houses a truly unique collection of remarkable treasures dating from far back in time in the 2nd century B.C.

The visitors strolling around  the stands were pretty surprised by the sight of Mr. Piano Man rolling along  the pathways…

Coming up  more adventure at the Travel 2016. Hungexpo – Budapest

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter


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As the rum is the medicine for the sailors out on the Sea … the pálinka for the Hungarian’s was … still is as an universal miracle medicine for external-internal pain reliever, sleep aids and in use for antiseptic.

Still more than a  half-day or so to roll down to the Pálinka Festival, if you haven’t made it yet, to taste the  PEAR  Pálinka of the Year 2014 cause will reach the end by 10 p.m. this evening.

For many foreigner visitors staying in Budapest, small group travelers may have been introduced for the first time and went on a full-day pálinka tour when joining to taste the blend of the Year which was this year the Pear Pálinka at the City Hall Square this week-end. Furthermore most probably they enjoyed the good atmosphere, tastes and the good performances all along the way. One of the best way to learn about the country’s culture and traditions is to be where things are happening, and yepp the Pálinka Festivals in Budapest always are the timing to be around.

In addition to the well-known distillers, this year the visitors have  had the opportunity to see-taste-buy several pálinkas to  enjoy and to fulfill their foregoing experience by taking a sip at home.

Pálinka is not for the faint hearted folks, but there is a so-called saying … … If the pálinka is stronger than you than you’re not a man, so test your self and see on what you have to improve.  Anyway having too much tasting, head on over to one of the food stalls offering home-cooked traditional meals which are boiling on the spot to ease the hunger.

A record number of exhibitors were busy throughout the festival explaining to their visitors, customs about their background at their domestic pálinka distillery.

The number of pálinka distilleries  present at the festival were higher than even before and these qualified pálinka makers were passionate about their work and  more to it valued their customers.

Many Qs and As filled the air and many old pálinka festival visitors and foreigners learnt a lot of why the Hungarian Pálinkas taste rich in fully fruity and delicious flavors.

Just mentioning a couple of stands beside the overall 41 of them to be worthwhile to visit and have a sip: the „BUTI” Distillery and Pálinka House is a smaller family own environment, but as small as it is the wider selection of fruit and „veggies” are the stars, as: pumpkin, rose hips, elderberry, blackthorn, hawthorn, rowan, wild plum pálinka. Tasted the pumkin and hawthorn and became speechless, not because having too much but words can hardly describe simply heavenly, rich in flavors.

This year celebrating the 30-year-old „BÉKÉSI” Pálinka House, an invitation stood on the wooden-wall at the stand to come and celebrate together this anniversary by having a shot of pálinka from the Békésiville, of course this invitation was to call all who this year celebrated their 30th birthday. is as wonderful as the owner, so friendly and full of hospitality.

Many stop by at the „ZSINDELYES” Pálinka House stall  and was curious to taste the house speciality the: walnut liqueur.  While taking a good look at the lineup of assortment, a kind couple was looking at the lovely decorated stall and were wondering which on should they taste. Having a short chat with them, Estel, the young lady came from Barcelona and her boyfriend Emre from Cyprus, a lovely pair (see slide show). What really was amazing, she told me she met already the site and has read articles and also about the Pálinka festival and so they are both here right now. Well was a coincident situation … you ain’t meeting too often folks who come upon a visit reading the herald news of events to come in Budapest.

Last but not least, indeed worthwhile to pull attention to the MÁRTON AND DAUGTHERS” Pálinka House. Having to have spoken to Mr. Márton learned something new which may pull attention for many of interest.  As he said the Marton and Daugthers wished to produce kosher pálinka, but soon learned that it has rules to be kept having to be kosher and they cannot make it at the same distillery. Therefore, bought another pálinka distillery named „MATHEUS” Pálinka House, where under the rules of producing kosher pálinka was  under the supervision of two rabbis. One Sephardi rabbi arrived from Jerusalem from the Beit (House) Yosef Badac who is present keeping the Bet Yosef’s standards and the other rabbi Michael Scharf from London who is present, observing the compliance with the rules of producing kosher pálinka.   Mr. Marton and Daugthers have surely gold fingers to produce such a velvet taste in the BARDIN aged apple brandy which can be also tasted on the spot as well.  It has an awesome VSOP quality. Received a bronze medal at the Destillata International Spirits Competition in Austria in 2007.

The highlight on the past 4 days having finally beside the warmth of the sunshine days, Márton and Daughters booth served the cool long shot , a mixture of juniper pálinka with tonic, lay on with ice.

Well „So long!” for  now till the Year the Pálinka of 2015.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter