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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


Budapesti Nagycsarnok

International Tourism Days

District IX., 1-3 Vámház Blvd. – Budapest

Each International Day is held  on the same  week-days and time :

Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

A great part in bringing under the umbrella these live events is the Municipality Hall and Market Board of Directors and the Embassies in Budapest.

There are so many places and venues to visit whether your just visiting, staying or working in Budapest beside rolling along the historical buildings, visiting museums or to watch the world go by, sitting outside a coffee shop or restaurant by the lazy River Danube on your free day. Yet to visit the Grand Market by itself  is also a unique experience in Budapest. The building itself was dressed up in the 19th century with a unique architecture, colorful porcelain ornaments from Zsolnay – Porcelain Manufacture Ltd.  Stepping inside the entrance gate immediately catch the eye of its beauty. It is also one of the oldest and huge market in Europe. Also won the 1st place by the CNN chose among the 5 most vibrant city markets in Europe, followed by Mercat de San Josep de la Boqueira in Barcelona, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the Portobello Road market in London and Les Puces in Paris .

The Budapest’s Market Hall  has three-story, on the lower level fishmongers, special home-made Hungarian sour qualities, pickles and food shops. On the first floor products can be purchased to cook a good lunch, dinner. Upstairs is the area for buying all real souvenirs for tourists … a last chance to do it, if something is left out of the list before  traveling home. Well that was in brief what to expect in entering the Grand Market Hall.

Of course there is a reason about talking the Grand Market Hall …Each year the Grand Market Hall holds the so-called Tourism Days, whereas the aim is  to introduce within the 3-days event an exhibition of that particular country’s  international traditional food and tourist attractions. It may be an interesting day for locals and foreigners to have a tip … useful information and advice  for their upcoming traveling plans and also to get into the world of international food  and folk design items. This year some international days have had already been present, as the Hungarian Days, Cypriot Days, Moroccan Days, Croatian Days and Indonesian Days.

But never-the-less there’s more to come during 2014. Here are the updates to the forthcoming international days …

Portuguese Days – May, 22-24.

Australian Days – May, 29-31.

Croatian Days – June, 12-14.

Polish Days – June, 12-14.

Indian Days – June, 19-21.

Brazilian Days – July 3-5.

Japanese Days – July, 10-12.

Mexican Days – July 24-26.

Egyptian Days – August, 7-9.

Thai Days – August, 14-16.

Israeli Days – August, 28-30.

Transylvanians Days – September, 11-13.

Korean Days – September, 18-20.

Hungarian Days – October, 2-4.

Peruvian Days – October, 9-11.

Polish Days  – October, 16-18.

Bulgarian Days – October, 29-31.

Japanese Days – November, 6-8.

African Days – Madagascar – November, 20-22.

Finnish Days – December, 4-6.

British Days – December, 11-13.

Update by Aggie Reiter