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Visit Gyula for many reasons … Chapter3.

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Reason1. … would be to visit the Gyula Castle Spa, one of the third superb in every sence at the bath of mineral healing water.  The members of  press were taking on a spa tour by Vanda Dombovári – communications and marketing director and learned once you are at Gyula don’t be on a run to gain that special experience. Enjoy every minute healing your body and soul. The Gyula Castle Spa at 8.5 hectare park of the Almásy Mansion, that also stands as nature conservation area. Each year thousands of Hungarians, foreigners from Austria, Germany, U.K. and from the other side of the border reach a number of 10000 guests per day.  A mass visitors year-after-year again returning as guests, spending short and long stays during their holiday. The Castle Spa has also a therapeutic contingent operating full year around with assistance of supervision of rheumatologist, physiotherapist and sports specialist. More than thousands of words can be said of the awesome  power of natural mineral water coming from beneath 2005 meters in-depth chlorinated healing water of 72C reaching 10 pools. but to feel the healing heat of the spa must Visit Gyula to have that experience.  It also has a 3-5 meter in-depth diving pool for adrenaline lovers. Slides cannot be missed , where there is a family slide,  the very popular “light tunnel”, also body slide and  enjoying the one and only in Hungary the unique sliding going upwards inclining the dropping in line tube slide in a unique way. Playground in the pool for small children with their Mum and Dad where they can explore the water world. There is also a nursing room converted as a special place e.g. warming baby food  etc. To enhance with family, friends  with a separate ticket can visit the Aqua Park where throughout the year’s 4 season provides fun and entertainment for all age to relax and heal at the same time at this 5 stars  in-and-outfdoor baths.

In between the visiting  the marvelous Castle Spa, before heading to the Almásy Mansion our day’s plan organized by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula and  Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office was invitation to ease our appetite at the another excellent gastronomy place, the Várkonyi Bistro and Bar. The food was just from the oven, yummy and top class.

Reason2.  to visit the Almásy Mansion … was a fine time to visit, because the temporary exhibition titled „Relics of the Martyrs of Arad in Gyula” is on view until March, 19. 2017. These martyrs played a huge role in the Hungary’s history, 10  out of 13 generals later executed in Arad for their part in the Hungarian Revolution, surrendered on the premises of the mansion at August, 23. 1849 and left for Arad to meet their fate.

Feel like going back in time and enjoying the atmosphere, relaxing as in the old days the residences of the nobility did. You will be certainly driven on the path of Hungary’s history lane by the power and emotion that the Almásy Mansion holds for the visitors. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

The Almásy Mansion has a long history … following the reduction of the territory occupied by the Ottoman Empire, Baron Johann Georg Harruckern of Upper Austria was allowed to purchase almost the entire territory of Békés County from the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the King of Hungary, in return for his services in the wars against the Ottomans. He set about intense repopulation in Békés County. A large number of Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans and Romanians arrived and settled in the county.

At the Mansion, there is a possibility to purchase, select some gifts from craftsmen of the Békés Country at the mansion’s souvenirs store. There are replicas of objects and items to take home as a piece of the Hungarian history. These items surely will hold memories of your stay at Gyula – Hungary. While exploring its exhibition it’s a fine time to have an exquisite coffee with their speciality of cream cake, beverages offered at the Mansion Café.

To reach both venues from Budapest drive on the M5 motorway and the M44 road and guests arriving from Szeged or Debrecen along the 47 road via Békéscsaba will arrive to  the City of Gyula.

Below a bit of background about the Almásy Mainson (source: Almásy Mansion). “The Almásy’s is an old noble family from Zsadány and Törökszentmiklós, were linked to the mansion through the marriage of Countess Stephanie Maria Wenckheim and Count Kálmán Almásy. Their son Dénes (Dennis) and his wife Ella Károlyi Almásy were very popular in Gyula due to their “infinite modesty”. The count’s wife donated large sums to support the building of the grammar school and the nearby József Sanatorium.

The Harruckern-Wenckheim-Almásy Mansion in Gyula also played an important role in Hungary’s cultural life. In 1746 it was the first mansion in Hungary to house a theater performance.The grandfather of Ferenc Erkel, the composer of Hungary’s national anthem lived in the mansion as a house musician and master of ceremonies. The great composer Ferenc Erkel himself was a frequent visitor. Members of more than one generation of the Erkel family gave piano concerts during soirées at the mansion. The famed artists Mihály Munkácsy started his career as a painter under the tutelage of Elek Szamosy, who was in charge of making copies of and restoring old family portraits and other paintings in the family’s collection.”

Reason3.  … Can heartily recommend to gain own experience, explore the real gem that determines the city by  Visiting Gyula!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungarian Breweries huge recognition of the high quality of artisanal beers – Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2017

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No Mistake … it is clear by now that in addition or should be said beside the already great Hungarian wines, great beers homeland became Hungary!

Humans are equipped with the ability to taste, smell and scent, the mouthfeel of foods and beverages. These senses work in combination to give an overall impression of what is being consumed. There are also other factors that play influence whether we find a taste desirable or not.  When it comes to tasting beer, what constitutes a „good beer” and a „bad’ beer”? Firstly, there are many different beer types and people will gravitate to what suits their palate. In breweries and ciders across the world, no matter how much testing and measuring goes on during production, not a single batch is released unless it is tasted by competent people to ensure that it is of the right quality and has the right flavour attributes for that drink type … isn’t that good to know!?!

The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair Ireland’s largest craft brews fair, opened its doors for the three-day festival at The Convention Centre Dublin. This year gold medals were awarded to outstanding brews from Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Spain New-Zealand and so forth.

During the 3 days it was more than just a craft beer festival, having craft cider, craft spirits and craft wine whereas was more than something to tempt all taste buds.

Now getting to the point to this year’s Dublin Craft Beer Cup competing out of 370 craft beers.Twenty-three Hungarian beers in Ireland were awarded at the craft beer festival.

Hungary participated within 44 beers from 11 breweries which also out came with prizes. This year the Hungarian beers received a huge recognition of the high quality of artisanal beers produced in Hungary.  The big winner at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair was produced by Ádám Dudok and Máté Ábrahám  the Horizont Saison Witbier – „Fűtőház” namely 327-139 stout brewery beer received the gold medal from the 28-strong international jury. The award was presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons – founderpresident of Alltech, and Dr. Gearoid Cahill – director of brewing science at Alltech in Dublin, Ireland.

Other Hungarian breweries as: HeatingHouse, Hopfanatic the HopTop, Mad Scientists, Maecenas Beer Brewing Co., Synthesis Workshop also received silver and bronze medalist for their boasts beers. The Etyeki Beer Manufactory, a Monyo Brewing co., RothBeer beers were rewarded with a bronze medal.

The grand prize was handed over on last Thursday evening in Dublin. The gold, silver and bronze medals were collected by the prize-winning breweries and those not present in Dublin at the ceremony were handled over at the Krak’n Town Steampunk SaloonBudapest (By-the-way an excellent Irish food place to have a bite or two…!)

Should like draw the forthcoming organizers attention and would like to recommend that in the future the charters hold the name of the “Country”  which the beer received the award … Thus, the beer lovers find information about which part of the world’s favorite straight draw they are enjoying.

Many may know by heart, as beer experts say… „Some ciders can be thin, dry, fruity and acidic. Which do you prefer – that’s up to your own personal taste. That’s the great thing about beers and ciders – you can find many that suit your palate. Pilsen beers can be thin on mouthfeel, taste quite bitter with no sweetness from the malt, giving a crisp clean bitterness with some fruity from the esters produced by the yeast naturally during fermentation. Some ales have body with a creamy mouthfeel, sweetness from the malt, bitterness from hops and also a great hop aroma from other hop types. Now ain’t that a hug variety when it come to have a pint of beer.”

 

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

20th Jubille – Miami Jewish Film Festival – 2017.

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20th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival
January, 12-26, 2017.

During the last two weeks  the best of international cinemas returned to Miami. The  Miami Jewish Film Festival took over the city for its milestone 20th year, bringing 65 films from 20 countries, and hosting 50 filmmakers and special guests.

On the last day, based on the votes from the audience Ferenc Török – titled “1945”  historical film won the award of Best in Class.

The film “1945” was sponsored by the Hungarian Film Fund,  the Claims Conference, and the  Catapult film production. Iván Angelusz, who died tragically last October was the directing producer.

European history film will have its premiere at the Berlinale Panorama – Germany in February, 2017. In Hungary, the “1945”  film will be first screened in early April, during the Titanic International Film Festival – Hungary.

Ferenc Török’s new film “1945” introduce one day of August, 1945 depicting after World War II, a new start in rural Hungary. The theme is based on Gábor T. Szántó short story.

“The Miami Jewish Film Festival was established in 1996 and has grown into a core cultural program for South Florida’s vibrant arts landscape. In 2013, with the hiring of new Festival Director Igor Shteyrenberg, Miami Jewish Film Festival entered an era of expansion and commitment to educational and artistic quality. This commitment was evidenced by the tremendous success of the Festival in the last four years, which saw its original audience increase from 4,000 in 2013 to 23,000 in 2016. During this time, the Miami Jewish Film Festival was also named “One of the Best Jewish Film Festival’s in the US” by the prestigious publication The Forward and a finalist for “Best Festival” by the Miami New Times Readers

The Miami Jewish Film Festival is now one of the worlds largest and most respected Jewish film festivals, the fastest growing film festival in the state of Florida, and the largest Jewish cultural event in South East United States. So much of the Festival’s extraordinary success is due to its solid foundation of cultural commitment to the community. Its programming and platform are designed to engage the public with internationally diverse and award-winning films about culture, arts, and lifestyle. Through this effort, MJFF engenders mutual respect within our society by providing a memorable and enriching experience to all of Miami’s film lovers.” 

Update Aggie Reiter

The 5th Budapest Jewish Film Festival – 2016.

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The 5th Budapest Jewish Film Festival will be back  again in November, 17-20. 2016.

Művész Art Cinema

 District, VI.,  30. Teréz Blvd.

Budapest Jewish Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. With a broad line-up of the latest movies depicting to-day’s Jewish culture and heritage.

During the 4 days film festival will introduce 30 movies and 8 additional programs by countries as: France, United States, Argentina,  Germany, Canada, Hungary and Israel. 

A variety of genres and interpretations of Judaism is offered to those movie going audience interested and the skeptics. The majority of these films are to be seen for the first time in Budapest.

The festival opens with the „Denial” – Starring Rachel Weisz,  the story of acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt who battled for her truth when David Irving, a renowned denier sues her. Denial is a fast-paced drama about freedom of speech and the questions of understanding our past.

The festival takes place in the vibrant downtown of Budapest. The screening venue is good choice, because of enabling visitors to explore at the same time the city’s Jewish heritage, also to discover cultural gigs and the best of local culinary.

Update Aggie Reiter

 

Travelling 80edays Around the World Using No Fuel!

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New Beginning, Renewable Energy and New Ecosystem so was said at the travelogue of the 80edays around-the-world trip by electric cars held by József Helmich and Csaba Mészáros – president and owner of the evopro group at the TAMA Restaurant in Budapest.

Barcelona hosted the start off the major electric event of the year.

The ten pure electric cars and an electric bus lined up at the Arc de Triomf to participate in the ELDURO.  The end point was also at Barcelona.

Before getting into the depth of information, starting with what usually is mentioned at the end of an update wish to highlight the following fact … The winner in its category for its self-supporting, modular, full composite body Bus designed by Hungary’s evopro and manufactured by Russia’s NCC, won International Innovation Award! Now that its done, here goes the insight to the electric cars around-the-world race. Definitely had to keep in mind that anything can break down. That is why it was a key factor during the designing of Modulo to minimize the amount of parts and to avoid unnecessarily complicated details, so it was said by József Helmich.

In the 80edays tour there were 11 teams, traveled over 25000 kms, crossed over 20 countries, including three continents. The rolling teams on 80edays were Austria, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany I., Germany II., Germany III., Hungary Spain, Switzerland I., Switzerland II., USA with electric cars around the world. The goal was to prove, once again, the sustainability of electric vehicles.The project was initiated by Rafael de Mestre, who in 2012 managed to circle the world in 127 days. He participated this time along with the teams with a car Tesla Model S.

The rally rolled through many different geographic areas … plains, deep vallies, mountains high, narrow street sections, through a lot of potholes, due to restriction heights, barriers to bridge the bus had to change directions make detours, but they did not loose too much time in figuring out which way to continue the race and also drove over 2000 meters above sea level. In each country they travel through the teams plant a tree along with a memorial plaque.

From Europe ten cars have been transported across the Atlantic. The Electric Bus of the Hungarian team was transported by ship to Halifax/Canada that was the first North American stop. From Halifax to New York and then on the road led them throw the States to San Francisco and Los Angeles. From there on, the vehicles were flown over the Pacific Ocean, until reaching Guangzhou – China and off they drove on the road again ending the race at their starting point in Barcelona, Spain. The teams traveled 25,000 kms across 20 countries and three continents. The teams passed along iconic cities, where over 40 events were organized to raise awareness about EV technology. Residents and tourists strolling by the boardwalk stopped by viewing these electric vehicles. Many among the observers said they are hoping to travel in the future at their sub-urban and inner city areas on these gas-free buses.

After having arrived from America and Spain back to Budapest, the Modulo vehicles are now promoting electro mobility in the capital as well with two 80edays buses. Furthermore, the Hungarian-developed electric bus showed the world that electro mobility is accessible for everyone in public transportation as well.

The 80edays around-the-world electric car rally (11 EVs) set up a new world record. The teams successfully completed the navigation trip and drove the total of 289.662 kms. together across Europe, North America, and Asia with 100% electric vehicles, including the time in cross-continental transportation. At the finish line the teams were warmly welcomed and congratulated by Professor Gunter Pauli a.k.a. “The Steve Jobs of Sustainability”.  The crews had plenty of challenges on their way but successfully made their way home.

Overall, the Hungarian invented #Modulo #electricBus has successfully completed the North-American and European sections of the 80edays. The race also served as to promote awareness of sustainable transportation, fast, comfortable, silent, environmentally friendly.

More to it … rewriting the automotive history and proving the capabilities of modern electric vehicles have already become an essential part of our lives.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

The 4th Oktoberfest – 2016 – Budapest – Hungary

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September, 29. to 2 October, 2. 2016.

Get your tickets to Route Oktobertfest!

It’s your day … for the liquid bread lovers … as the Hungarians call the beer…   cannot complain … that’s for sure of lack of beer at the 4 days Octoberfest Festival in Budapest!

The world’s biggest beer festival this year will be rolling along to Budapest. So you can live in Hungary and be under the Big Tent and feel for the 4th time as if you were in the true land of Bavarian experience in Budapest!

The people of Europe and at several parts of the world celebrate their own way German way of celebrating the Oktoberfest beer. The more than 200-year celebration will bring together the beer lovers. The event is held in other countries as Munich, Paris, New York and Sydney and now for the 4th time the beers and delicious bowls of meals and finger food lovers on the parade ground in Budapest.

As known it is biggest brewing giants holiday! Just like around the world dancing party, Sramli mood music, official Paulaner Oktoberfest Shop and giant adventure park will be set up at the ’56’s Square in Budapest. In addition to our country’s international craft breweries and beer manufactories can be visited at the ont the spot at the „Budapest Street”.

Just as in  the previous years the locals and foreigners staying in Budapest may feel the atmosphere as just as being over in Munich.  Enjoy the „Beery Nights” programs with a bunch of  entertainments, when  the audience with over fifty artists and band, included… hosting Mr. President, Beatrice, Tibi Kasza, Gigi Radics, Gabi Tóth, Caramel, Charlie and others can feel the mood getting higher. The retro Sramli artist and band will also provide a great atmosphere. Beside the Bavaria  beer,  the best craft breweries from Hungary all on the spot and other country’s beers will be presented “tap on the spot” during the four-day event offering altogether a choice of hundreds of beers. To  higher the mood other two tents will be present the Hacker Pschorr tent and a Retro Party tent. 

Last year the tickets were sold out as a wink, therefore if your intention to be at the biggest beer festival of the year, you have to buy your ticket ASAP. Could be, that in a few days before the festival it will not be possible to get your tickets online, nor to buy tickets even on the spot!

Good Q. …What comes along with the purchased ticket … the custom-made Paulaner Oktoberfest Budapest mug as a gift only for pre-brought tickets. Anyway, if there may be some available tickets on the spot no mugs does not go with it. Food and drink coupons can be purchased online only.

These were all announced at the Paulaner Beer House – Budapest during the press gathering.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Competition – European Nation’s Best Cheese in Hungary – 2016.

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This year has started for the fourth occasion the Nation’s Cheese Contest organised by the SZEGA Foods based at the Budagyöngye. At the press meeting was announced, that this year 14 internationally plus 1 Hungary recognized countries in cheese makers will be in the ring to win the award of the Best European Cheese 2016.The French Jury President Roland Barthelemy formerly cheese maker said … Q.:”It was a great success in the domestic semi-final, but this does not mean the others in competition failed with the Hungarian cheeses. They brought very diverse cheeses which were tasted and experienced the good quality. Arriving as jury member to the cheese contest, the world-famous French cheeses knight, Roland Barthelemy’s visit is not the only important to as to judge the best Hungarian cheese. He  also is known as an extraordinary “diplomatic on cheese” and takes the news of the best Hungarian produced cheese to many countries around the world. As he said it is a great pleasure and honor that he could be here and take part in the jury which took 3 hours at the semi-final. Finally, the three-member jury judged the best Hungry’s cheese to compete with the other 14 nations cheese and the first place was awarded for  Hungary’s Ranolder cheese that is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

The cheese knight added, unfortunately, the Hungarian cheese has not received the well derved role in the international field, but now here experiencing the products made he is sure that the change will come.  Next June (2017) at the World Cheese Contest 150 kilometers from Paris, at  Tours  among the other Hungarian cheese their place is there to be beside the Ranolder cheese and will also be represented. Last but not least, he said Q.:”This competition is a great opportunity, because finally Hungry’s cheese may reach its worthy place of this fantastic country.”

“This is a character special cheese, which is due to receive a unique bacterial flora bringing the characteristic flavor. There are prepared in different stages of ripening. Hungary’s winning cheese will be on store shelves after nine months of maturation. The Ranolder cheese goes with almost any food. It is excellent to serve as a cheese platter or any food as seasonings” said Mrs. Mária Tóth Tamásné.

The winning Europe’s finest cheeses will be announced on September, 11. at the 25th Budapest Wine Festival – Buda Castle – Budapest said Ádam Gábossy – Managing Director – organizer SZEGA Camembert Ltd. Sample box of the cheese in competition can only be purchased … where else than at the SZEGA Food Store.

The voting started today … Have you vote for your favorite? … Go as you please and pass your votes at the website: http://www.nemzeteksajtversenye.hu/en/contact/index/

The Hungarian organizers aim is to give an opportunity to introduce the locals and foreigners the major cheese producing countries by introduce themselves. Where else than at the SZEGA Foods. Previously, the Hungarian Food magazine spread the news as Budagyöngye Shopping Center –  SZEGA Foods – “Independent supermarket” The Year’s Best Shop – 2016. The SZEGA Foods has the rich selection of premium deli products and was found most worthy of the award.

Here are the 15 European nation’s cheese participating in the contest:

Greece – Manouri (PDO) … The ancient Manouri cheese is prepared by the sera of feta or kefalotiri. This cream and white manouri has a texture of cottage cheese pie up to a light. The cheese has fresh, milky, slightly lemon flavor and it melting in the mouth. The taste is slightly sour, like fresh yogurt. From Sheep and goat’s milk also can be produced in various forms.

Netherland – Reypenaer V.S.O.P. … The Reypenaer V.S.O.P. is made in a traditional way by a small cheese factory. After this, the cheese is historically ripened for 2 years in the unique micro climate in Woerden (Holland) with natural differences in temperature and humidity. The cheese has an extraordinary intense taste with surprising mineral crystals and complex aromas: caramel, light chocolate and toffee.

Ireland – Porter beer Cheddar … This handcrafted cheese, produced using Guinness-brewer Porter is smooth in texture with a distinctive marbled pattern which is the most attractive part of the cheese. This cheese is perfect as an hors D’Oeuvre when sliced and served with a tossed salad. It is equally as good when served as a center piece on an after dinner cheese board.

Hungary – Ranolder … The Hungarian Ranolder cheese is prepared at two-and-half kilometers from Sümeg at a small countryside factory with the producers heart and soul and of course cow’s milk!

“The specialty of the Ranolder cheese is originating from the simplicity and tradition and craft-making techniques. According to the preparation of the cheese we use only locally produced fresh milk. The cheese has a special characteristic flavour and aroma, a slightly hard but crisp substance, which is about the first quality milk, the unique bacterium flora, and for the long, bark maturation happening on more monthly air. The taste of our best quality cheese is because we are maturing them in Merlot Wine, which makes it even more complex, harmonious. A special cheese taste, character and full, highly diverse, well; structured and long. The cheese flavors aromas is the most intense between of 15-20 oC. Next to the initial slightly sweet and salty flavor of the cheese appearing the cashew nuts, and from among the dried fruits onto the fig reminder flavour tickets” added  Ms Mária Toth Tamásné.

Germany – Bördespeck … The Bördespeck has been manufactured in Germany since 1879. Following the old traditions they using the same recipe to make the cheese. Because smoked on juniper berries and oak the taste of the cheese is salty and slightly smoky. Its taste the distinct flavors of hazelnut.

Italy – Pecorino Romano (DOP) … Probably the most popular pecorino is Romano, which is made in province Lazio. The cheese is produced between. It matures in 12 months, and develops a characteristic flavor: salty and fruity. The older is more spicier. It’s an aromatic hard cheese, which is excellent for grating.

Spain – Tetilla (DOP) … Tetilla is a typical Galician cheese. Since 1992, it has been one of the four cheeses that received DOP recognition. The name Tetilla is Galician for “small breast”, which describes the shape of the cheese. Its texture is soft, thick and smooth with scattering of air pockets. Yellowish ivory in color Tetilla has a creamy mouth feel with buttery, slightly bitter and tangy flavors surrounding the palate. The maturing, which takes place between 10 and 30 days, happens in the hot and humid climate of Galicia.

Switzerland – Vecherin Fribourgeiols (AOC)… Vacherin Fribourgeois is a Swiss semi-soft cheese made with raw cow’s milk. The milk for the cheese is sourced from Fribourgeois breed of cows that graze on the Alpine grass and wild flowers all the way through the late spring and summer. As early fall arrives, the cows are brought down to graze on grass and summer hay. This traditional cheese making process ensures that Vacherin Fribourgeois has a pleasant nutty flavor.

Slovenia – Tolminc (OEM) … Tolminc cheese with a protected designation of origin is today one of the most recognized Slovenian native cheese. Tolminc cheese was first mentioned in the thirteenth century: at the time tax was paid with cheese for the landlord. The cheese is matured for at least 60 days. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy.

Update and snaps Agie Reiter