Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula’

First International Beer Festival – Gyula – Part1

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Need not go to the doctor to get a prescription to heal, relax, watch the world go by before attending to the First International Beer Festival in the City of Gyula. Not-so-secret goal was by many beer and concert lover visitors to attend, taste the smooth craft  and artisan beer enjoying their time. A 4 days event with good live music concerts, food, playground for children and most of all not just the official juries to jury the craft beers and breweries  but the visitors were welcome to taste the smooth craft beers and to have a ball.

Gyula used to be the capital of the county, until the First World War. For mainly visiting Gyula in the first place is its healing hot spa and whilst in the city visiting other main attractions such as the Almássy Palace, the former home of count Almássy and the adjacent Medieval Castle. Since the 19th century in its current form, but the original structure dates back to the 17th century. The city was the main home of the Almássy Family until the World War II.. The size of the city is 255.8 km2 (98.8 sq miles) and the population is cca. 40 thousand. Taking into account of the size of Gyula, visitors beside visiting the so-called “liquid bread”  i.e. beer, were most probably witnessing many touristic venues not even expected.

The fan off Thursday welcoming the audience was by Dr. Ernő Görgényi  – major of Gyula and prominent members of the beer business. Within opening the festival spoke about the aim of the competition jointly with the festival to bring beer culture, a chance to introduce itself at  Gyula. The goal was to get acquainted with several small breweries products and their members. At the opening ceremony was urged the prizes to be handed over to the beer winners award on Saturday. Also added that there are two breweries operating in Gyula and in Békés County aBékésszentandrás distillery as well, This beer festival from now on will also call the tourists visiting Gyula whilst  healing at the hot spa to have an unforgettable memory happening at Gyula in  Békés county. This tipical event was organized for 17 years at Békéscsaba. This year, the event will not take place there. The local government of Gyula was immediately next to having the beer festival. Therefore, to the new venue an agreement was made between the major of Gyula  and Varga-Bora to organize the beer festival surrounding the Castle of Gyula. Most probably not on my own by saying there is no other Beer Festival in Hungary and maybe in Europe that is arranged in the heartbeat of a Medieval Castle, not to mention  having its peaceful hot spa just steps away from the event and many other attraction.

The 4 days of the craft beer masterpieces and street food dishes were the focus of attention, as well as publication of the Central European Beer Awards 2018 competition. The beer competitors came from Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to participate in the international beer festival, namely small brewery breweries and homemade breweries in the competition. It was in 16 categories with 167 samples examined by international jury, with Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian members.  Exactly 15 people tasted the liquid bread jointly 3-member commissions. The competition director was László Kovács from Slovakia who said,  lot of very good quality beer had arrived. He explained that drinks were thoroughly criticized for fragrance, taste, overall impression and other aspects using a state-of-the-art computer program, according to an American system.

To be continued … part 2

report and snaps Aggie Reiter

Sodarmustra – Gyula – Championship results – 2017.

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Gyula was ready to shoot off in competition to the Pork Sódarmustra on Friday morning at the Castle Gyula Garden. The festival was officially open by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula. The traditional three-day event of this year  had fewer visitors than least year, yet the sausages, smoke meat products were highly above of the this year’s sale.

At Gyula the sausages and hams were judge on Saturday morning at the VII. Gyulai Sausage and Sódarmustra. The competition began with the Gyergyószentmiklós  – Transylvanian butchers cutting the pork into pieces by the team members. The audience could watch how the handy hands were working. Their mission can to an end by filling the sausages  and preparing the other pork meat to be cooked. At the exhibition tent  the dry sausage and smoked meat products were evaluated by expert butchers within a jury team. These goods were brought by butchers from near and far from the country. The sausages were mainly been observed by the use of raw materials, spices in the process and by its properly loading, how it was smoked and preparing.

On Sunday early morning the members of the Gyula  Traditional Butcher’s Association  – Manufacture Ltd.,  also started their day by cutting the pork. Again many visitors were extremely interested how they  process.  This time as the day before the weight of the pork was 120 kilograms and from this amount of pork meat 28 kilograms of minced meat  was  filled in pig intestine and from there on the sausages were ready set to be fried sausages. For roasting sausage was good at this point the 120 kilos of pork, but for  smoked ham is used to 120-140 kilogram of pigs meat.

During the muster days the visitors could choose from the lineup of meat products by tasting then in advance at the stalls set up tents among the home-made meat products. Was the best time to shop smoked meat for the coming season of Easter and many visitors did just that beside the tastings to get familiar with different regions  special flavors. A butchers came from all over the country, and naturally the local Gyula butchers each brought their own specialities in flavors and of course  from across the borders. The Sodarmustra beside having a gastronomic tourism in favor also valued in addition to increase the number of arriving tourism to the city as well. arriving tourism as well.

At the three-day event during the evening time the musical tent were filled at the concerts where it was entirely full with young and elder folks singing, dancing along and enjoying the entertainment shows presented by groups and bands.

All things must pass, but for the butchers  made their day … with the final juries decision …

Results to 2017. competition in ham and smoked goods were:

Special Award  – The Knights of Ham –  Bábolna special prize – Pallér Sándor

Special Award – Ham categories – Domokos Géza Tar – Surroundings

Special Award –  Cut, tied ham – Oravecz Kálmán – Gyula

Special Award  – split, tied ham – Thomas Szilasi H – Orosháza

Special Award  Bacon animals – Petrina Sándor – Gyula

Special Award Bacon animals – Tóth László – Turkeve

Ham category – prize – Bálint Imre – Gyula

Cuts, ham tied Award category I –  Knyihár Michael  – Békéscsaba

Bacon Miscellaneous category – first prize – Csörnyei Ákos – Orosháza

Other categories – First Prize – Brad Mihály  – Gyula

This year was announced that the title also  to the King Ham Smoked Goods main prize of the year  – Kothencz Tibor – Algyő

Dry Sausage competition: Special Award – Lukács Sándor – Gyula – passes, Special Award – Kovács Imre – Orosháza – passes, First Prize – Adamik János – Mezőberény

Manufacturer Product category: First Prize – Lezy Ltd – Cork

Viharsarki Sausage Championship III. award – Pallér Sándor – Újkígyós Award – Molnár Imre – Orosháza

First Prize of the Year Master Sausage MakerSzilágyi Sándor

By-the-way…if missed to Visit Gyula this unique city during the Sodarmustra of this year, then absolutely worthwhile to mark the date for the 8th Sodarmustra coming up  in 2018. The festival is usually just upon the coming weeks before Easter time.

Date and snaps Aggie Reiter

VII. Gyulai Sausage and „Sódarmustra” – 2017.

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The first whiff of spring arrives to the City of Gyula!

Chapter 1.

March, 31 – April, 2.  2017. – Mark the date at your Gastro Calendar!

Even though Gyula is worthwhile to visit anytime of the season, the coming event not in the peak season is to bring together families, friends and enjoy the delicious, mouth-watering yummies outdoor in the ray of the early spring.

This year it will be held for the seventh time the Sausage and Sódarmustra Festival. The main goal of this event is to present internationally with presentations, to popularization and to introduce experience-focused exhibition, by showing the traditional way with smoked products and sausages. One of the curiosities of the festival will be the “growers” trade competition. The Gyulai Sausage already been listed in a remarkable place of „Hungaricum”  goods and this festival is also a fine time to present by showing the traditional way smoked products and sausages are made. These were the introduction words by the Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula at the press gathering in the  Gyulai Pálinka House.  Also said, Q.: As part of this event will be continuing the popular series of guess the weight of the ham. He/She who guess at as closely as possible the weight of the Sódar will be the winner and to take home whole ham. A couple of highlights … Craft fair, Theme Park, participate at a professional presentation to learn about the “Gyulai Sódar”  at the HQ’s of Gyulai Traditional Butchers’ Association  guided tour to visit the Museum and tasting sausage. In addition to the 3Days event, many colorful concert program will be to entertain the visitors. On Friday, the focus will be on rollicking music, including the Republic  and the Familiar faces, Pernahajder Campbell, Over3  and the Dirty Slippers bands  step on stage. Over the years has become a prestigious cultural and gastronomic festival, which in terms of tourism is of paramount importance.” 

Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office,  spoke about the population of Gyula which has 30000 inhabitants. The city is offering so much to see and visit in the aspect of tourism. The city has 5000 beds at 3, 4 and 5 star hotel and a number of rent a room and apartments.  Mainly, known already by locals and foreigners who yearly came to enjoy the healing strength of the mineral spa at the Gyula Castle Bath – Aqua Palace. The opening of last year the Almásy Palace after reconstruction already well received by the locals and even visitors arriving outside of Gyula. The city’s main goal is to be at hand serving its resident all the locally prepared and produced honey, beer, pálinka, confectionery, hand-made bonbons, veggyies, food, meat and last but not least the famous Gyulai Pálinka. This is biggest sausage festival.  The guests once again are welcomed with local products which is an important fact for the city.  The city has so much to share with its visitors. Mainly, Gyula Castle Bath – Aqua Palace with its medical Spa is the highlight of the city. The opening of last year the Almásy Palace, after its reconstruction already well received by the locals and even visitors arriving outside of Gyula. And now in the south-east of the country has become as tradition the country’s biggest sausage festival and needless to say welcomes its guests once again.

The event organizer: Tibor Bórdás commemorated the tradition year-by-year as the  introducing their famous butchers of Gyula.  Added, all professional appearance emphasis on the city’s gastronomic and touristic values. ​​During the festival will be presented the city’s rich region gastronomic and opportunity in displaying local values. At the event the visitors may learn the way of the traditional meat processing and its customs.  Can taste the real Hungarian pork dishes  highlighted the main organizer. The Gyula System Ltd. has managed to win the Gyulai Butchers Association of Traditional – culinary programs related technical supervisor of the event, ensuring a high standard of professional gastronomic. This year, for the first time proclaiming the Viharsarki Sausages Championship. Beside the sausages also traditional practices: as hams and smoked products will be at the international competition. Both taking place on the opening day of the competition and applicants are more than welcome  by registration.  Last year there were 117 entries, such as from Transylvania and Highland  bringing their handicraft products. Also there has been interest to join this unique festival from Germany and Spain  highlighted the main organizer.

For the media representatives a demo was shown how  the famous home-made Gyulai sausage is produced on the spot by  Imre Dinya – small producers – owner of Gyula Sausage manufacture and served  for tasting. Also at the press gathering the representatives were taken on a Palinka route in tasting dozens of winner of the world spirits awarded  Gyulai Pálinka Manufactory Ltd., at the Tasting Hall.

The coming week-end is worthwhile not to be missed to join by Hungarians and foreigners to the well-intensity programs to the quality of meat products offering special dining experience, serving excellent,  home-made prepared offers by “craft” butchers hams, smoked meats, sausages entice guests to taste. In addition to the traditional meat-processing practices, methods, of course, the presence of the majority of the pork dishes can be tasted during the event. Also keep in mind to pay a visit downtown the superb sophisticated and cozy place the Guinness Pub.

An excellent opportunity to take a break to join Gyulai Sausage and Sódarmustra

by locals and foreigners to Visit Gyula!

Visitors will be guaranteed at the time being not to be disappointed as gaining experiences on the tasting tour. Excellent food, meat products, Hungarian pálinka  and display of crafts at hand will be filled with the cavalcade of colorful programs for adults and children.

The event ticket is required. Daily ticket: 1000HUF. The 3-day pass: 2500HUF.  Free admission under the age of 10 years.

Chapter 2. with sights and sound coming soon!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hearld News: “The Rising Sun” country coming to the City of Gyula – Hungary – 2015.

City of Gyula welcomes the Japan Day in the historic spa town for the second time!

Date: Tuesday, July, 7. 2015.

Location: Gyula Vigadó  –  35. Béke Street

Free admission!

Japanese Day at Gyula whereas Koszuge Dzsunicsi – Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Hungary will visit the event. The delegation will be welcomed during the noon hours by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula at the City Hall. During his stay on same day starting at 4 p.m. the city of Gyula with the Embassador will open the Japan Day.

The Japan programs for day …The national festival is contributing exhibitions, performances, in order to make Japanese culture more familiar to the Hungarian citizens.  At 4 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Judith Vihar  “Meeting love” … 4.30 p.m. Uchikawa Kazumi -Hungarian children’s books … 5 p.m. András Trom former MTI reporter in Tokyo … 6 p.m. Japan’s premiere sports – kendo, karate. … 7 p.m. Kiyo-Kito Taiko drum concert … 7.40 p.m.  Pernahajder Campbell Orchester. Additional programs: Exhibition, origami endless possibilities, Sushi-making. Even on the spot can be tasted the original sushi dedicates. This is again an event of historical importance, which is now held City of Gyula upon the relationship over the two decades between the two nation taking place based on international level. One of the major connection was in  2002 when the Japanese imperial couple’s visit to Hungary. Was another prove of joint connection in the case when the Japanese Crown Prince couple arrived to Hungary on the occasion in joint connection over 140 years and the 50th anniversary in 2009. On this occasion the sister organization presented as a gift for Budapest with decorated lights on the Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsébet-Hid), also within the same year a joint stamp was issued by both countries. The Japan–Hungary Friendship Association. The joint „Friendship Cultural Festival” event is organized every four years to demonstrate traditions and ways of Hungarian culture in Japan, or vice versa to bring achievements of Japanese culture closer to the Hungarian public respectively. The Hungary–Japan Friendship Society (HJFS) was established in Budapest in 1987 with the intention of  disseminating the traditions and values of Japanese culture and present an authentic picture on Japan on the grass-root level in Hungary. The initiation was taken by a handful of enthusiastic founders, and since then we have registered hundreds of members, who have a deep interest and respect for Japanese culture, ways of life and traditions. The event is sponsored by: Békés County Government Office, Gyula Municipality, Gyulai Cultural and Event Management Office, Gyula Castle Bath, DIG-BUILD LTD.

Update by Aggie Reiter