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The Grand Market Hall began its series of Nation Days in 2005 upon the joint agreement between the Metropolitan Municipality Directorate and the Grand Market Hall. The event brought alive was to target,  introduce to the Hungarians different nations gastronomy, culture,  products and tour information from the four corners of the Earth.

This year was the second year, whereas Downunder was on the spot for a week-end with products brought to the venue by Hungarian dealers distributing Aussie authentic musical instruments – didgeridoo, toys, boomerang, a kinda geological fair was present with wonderful small pieces of rocks and semi precious stones … not only from Australia, but from the surrounding countries …, treasures beyond the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea, diverse homeland plants e.g. the tinny eucalypt tree, interesting geological formations and last but not least shark were present, NO real bites only their  different size of tooth from their jaws  formed into medals and bracelets,  which were for many a  feast for the eyes. A travel agency brought leaflets, gave practical advice to visitors planning to go Downunder and New Zealand to celebrate the New Year event beside the Harbour Bridge.

One of the highlights at the event was not only viewing the products, items at an exhibition, but were also available at the booth. The target dry Sheila’s and Mate’s Outback full length coats and hats brought to the venue by Ilona and Tamás were very famous. They both started their business in 2005 by importing a range of original Aussie country-style Outback Features. They surely were eye-catching pieces and showed much interest to the strolling by tourist  to stop and shop around. These bit-and-pieces targeted my heartbeat as well, especially the “Southern Cros” Kangaroo leather, suede exterior, light rumpled outback hat.  They have a website at where anybody can find outfits for their own taste.

Indeed was good to be present and see a slice of Australia, whereas not only the Hungarians, but  a crowed of tourist on their sightseeing tour entered the market hall and many foreigners picked some goods and items beside the Hungarian flavors on this very special shopping day at the Nation  Day of Australia”  in Budapest.

Unfortunately, one twist was at the Aussie National Day … The cakes had nothing to do with the original cakes and cookies available Downunder. The man on the stand said the pastries are made by an Australian bloke who lives in Austria and has a bakery in Budapest and he made these cakes and cookies  for the Aussie  days according to the original real flavors. Sorry to say, wasn’t even close to what the Australians actually have. The “apple with ginger” …. the ginger was  probably on holiday. The Limonite … was simply a sponge cake covered with chocolate – sprinkled with coconut. The cookies with carrot were simply just a sweet cookie  …  probably the bloke was out of carrots. Oh well hope nobody who tasted these will think this is what the Aussie tummies adore! They were very much alike as the Hungarian pastries. –

The event was under the patronage of the “Stake of Being” preventive Foundation.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter