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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

FINA Artistic Swimming World Series – Budapest – 2018.

The Hungarian Synchronised Swimming Federation has the honour to invite you to Leg 5 of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2018., to be held in Budapest, Hungary.

This will be for the first time in the history of FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, Budapest as to be the host of the competition during May, 18. and May, 20. After the great success, the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships which was held in Budapest and Balatonfured, the best athletes of artistic swimming will return to the Hungarian capital, the Danube Arena.

District XIII., 38. Népfürdő Street – Budapest

Day 1. – May, 18. 
11 a.m. -12.15 p.m. – Duet Technical Routine
5 p.m. 5.30 p.m. Free Combination

Day 2. – May, 19.
10 a.m.-10.30 a.m. – Team Technical Routine
11.30 a.m. -12.30 p.m. –  Solo Technical Routine
5 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.-  Highlight Routine
6.30 p.m. 7.45 p.m. – Duet Free Routine

Day 3. – May, 20.
10 a.m. – 11.05 a.m. – Solo Free Routine
3 p.m. – 3.35 p.m. – Team Free Routine
4.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Gala Exhibition

Besides the best Hungarian artistic swimmers, many world champions showed interest in competing in front of the best and loudest crown in May. The team of Ukraine, Italy and Spain are expected to come.

FINA event integrates recognised artistic swimming competitions around the globe and establishes an international ranking based on points accumulated over a ten-meet circuit.

Further info:  FINA

Update Aggie Reiter

A Half Day Tour – Balatonfüred – Lake Balaton 2018.

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Lake Balaton by the Hungarians is considered  as the Hungarian Sea. It’s a sweet water lake and the largest in Europe.

Lake Balaton has two sides just like the coin … in style of venue. The Northern side of the lake is a more quiet, comfy, relaxing, filling up individuals energy.  The Southern side of the lake is more of a hustle-and-bustle of life, full of life characterized by being razzmatazz.

But now on tour at the Northern side of the Lake Balaton in visiting Balatonfüred. First stop payed a visit and received high welcoming at the Bistro garden – Vino Terazza. A real Italian foody and moody restaurant. Upon the visit had the real experience to dive into the pampering hospitality and with their own imaginative delicacies. Besides the non everyday delights was extremely delicious. The peaceful panorama was amazing. Wine lovers can also get to know the local wines, and enjoy, ease the guest hungry here. Within the half day program was organized for the participants to see more of the region by rolling around on the Segway. Thereafter, was taken on a walking tour around the Balatonfüred. We also visited venue of the annual Anna Ball site. Each year one of the participants of the Ball is elected to be the queen, crowned as Miss Balaton.

Within the tour headed to the port and strolled along the well-known inhabitants once lived at this area. Beside watching the world go by on the port and cultural sites, Balatonfüred is worth the time to visit the gastronomic delights. Its elegance and style is unbeatable, it preserves the traditions of the past, but it is one of the most dynamically developing cities in the Balaton part is Balatonfüred, which will never let the visitors to be bored and dazzle the most demanding guests. At Balatonfüred right from the first minute can feel the visitors arrived to the right place to spend their holiday and relaxation.  The region goes back to a long tradition. It was already inhabited in Roman times, thanks to its beneficial Mediterranean climate and its carbonated springs it has long been a renowned spa town. In 1926, the renowned Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore was reappeared in the renowned Heart Hospital of Balatonfüred, where he was planting wood on the picturesque promenade of the city, which still preserves his name. The memories of the past can be seen in a beautiful state: the magnificent XVIII. and XIX. century buildings define the city’s mood. Due to Sándor Kisfaludy, Balatonfüred can tell the first stone theater of Transdanubia, which opened in 1831. In the last century, the city has served as a relaxing place for many renowned artists and celebrities. Blaha Lujza Villa is today an elegant restaurant and hotel, the Vaszary Villa is a prestigious gallery, as well as a café and a private cinema.

In the early afternoon participating on the EXTREM BALATON sailboat from the harbor out to the smooth water with comfy breeze and the peaceful silence just blew our mind away. From the waterfront also could admire the site of the Tihany panorama … The jewel of the North Port.  Also the sight of sailboats in the harbor was awesome.

Before leaving Balatonfüred had a peak at the Koczor Winery. Have to go back there one day to gain experiences.

Balatonfüred with its sights-and-sounds … surroundings boast from spring to autumn with colorful programs  is always something for folks to visit.  The coastal part of the city center, right next to the Tagore Promenade and the port, as well as the reform era neighborhood, the waterfront provides services for all needs for active recreation and vacation travelers and sailing enthusiasts.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s beer status at Dublin Craft Beer Cup – 2018

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Again, Hungarian Kraft Beer was recognized as the best in the Dublin International Beer Competition.
Hungarian breweries received  high degree of recognition from numerous domestic small brewery breweries in Ireland’s largest craft beer at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair.

This year’s lately report within update of Hungary’s craft beer breweries role in Dublin: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2018/03/21/hungarian-success-at-the-dublin-craft-beer-festival-2018/

Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2018 Grand Prize Winner was the one where beer and rail met together with the M63 BULLDOG, and from the same brewery had two more medals received: bronze (327-139, M40 PÚPOS) and one silver medal (M61 NOHAB)… (The figures relates on the plate serial number of the steam  engines. The brewer’s father who also beside as engine driver worked his lifetime along as a brewer and enriched, making him the most successful domestic starter.)
There were also 2 breweries in  Dublin in scaling their beers beside the top: the Hopfanatic and Guri brewery received awards as well:
Hopfanatic – Christmas Hoppudding – silver medal
Hopfanatic – Jindilli – silver medal
Hopfanatic – Whitehops – bronze medal
Hopfanatic – Nohoplimit – bronze medal
Guri Brewery – Pompeii – gold medal
Guri Brewery – Black Ball – silver medal
Guri Brewery – Sztahanov – bronze medal

Update and snaps: Aggie Reiter

Decision by “SwimranKing” = Dániel Gyúrta

An end of an awesome era of Hungarian swimming sports has been completed with the announcement of

“SwimranKing” = Dániel Gyúrta

Q: “Making the most difficult decision of my life, I am saying goodbye to competitive swimming. I am not a “give-up type of guy”, but I had to admit that it’s time to let it go. I am grateful to the whole nation for standing behind me and for the fact that I won everything a swimmer may dream of: I was undefeated for 6 years in the world. I will not show my back to the world of pools, Hungarian swimming can rely on me!”

Five-legged games at 200 meters, the first Hungarian of the World Championships, after the Olympic success

Beside being on the stands so many occasions, received a diploma for sporting action from the International Fair Play Commission (CIFP) at the Paris ceremony in 2013.

He traveled to Norway, where he met with Dale Oen‘s parents and brother Robin in a gala gathering. Gyúrta received an international fair play for his act. As he said at the event: Q: “It can and must be sported that rivals do not seek to destroy each other, but recognize who is the better in noble rivalry.

Update Aggie Reiter

Hungarian success at the Dublin Craft Beer Festival 2018

Gold Award – Rétság brewery – Fűtőház Sörfőzde – Dublin Craft Beer Cup

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair, one of Ireland’s largest festivals which took place at the Convention Center in Dublin City between March, 8-10, 2018.  Hosted local plus overseas craft beer beverages  with the latest beers and spirits all under the one roof .

This year 23 Hungarian beers were awarded  in the Dublin Craft Beer Cup Irish Handicrafts Competition.

Dublin Craft Beer Cup – 2018 Winner: M63 Bulldog by Fűtőház Sörfőzde (Hungary.

The golden strong M63 BULLDOG, however, was not “just” awarded with gold medal but won the Grand Prize of the Champion’s Champion.

The Grand Prize was awarded the Dublin Craft Beer Cup by the 28 international jury members for the stout beer (327-139) from the Rétság Grocery House Brewery. Beside the grand prize, this year the Rétság brewery (beyond its own performance) won two bronze medals  – M40 PÚPOS) and one silver medal – M61 NOHAB. Also  two other breweries: the Hungarian Jászapáti Guri Brewery and Hopfanatic  also returned back home with medals.

Previous years winners: 2017: Horizont of Hungary: Saison Witbier, 2016: McGargles: Francis Big Bangin IPA, 2015: Coisbo: Eleven Russian Imperial Stout, 2014: Coisbo: Four Russian Imperial Stout, 2013: Hilden Brewery: Twisted Hop

In 2013 was created to provide an opportunity to build brand recognition within the industry for smaller craft brewers. It has grown steadily each year and last year more than 450 entries were received from all over the world, including Japan and Venezuela.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Hungexpo Travel Fair 2018 – The Explorer is/was in you … just gave the inspiration!

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It ended this  March  organized between 1-4. at the Hungexpo – Budapest Fair Center, the 41st Journey Exhibition.

Travel 2018 – “The Explorer is/was in you …  just gave the inspiration!”

Optimism and continuous growth. Such are the traits of international and domestic tourism, which have also defined the recently concluded 41st Travel Exhibition. The event held 280 exhibitors from 23 countries introduce for more than 25 000 visitors at the HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center. The domestic guest of honor was Hévíz, whilst on this occasion, the foreign guest of honor was Morocco.

At the stands, Hungarian and foreign exhibitors talked about the latest trends of international and domestic tourism and it was good to see in person the familiar foreign faces who are almost coming home when arriving to the Hungexpo Travel Fair.

Guest city of Hungary was: Hévíz -Lake Balaton received the Hungaricum Award Hévíz Gyógyfürdő a prestigious international award in 2017.  The city which previously relied on the visits of Russian tourists was hit hard by the financial crisis, yet through the cooperation of the private and business spheres, it managed to overcome the slump after a few years with its regional partners and just closed a record-breaking year.In additional to developments at the Hévíz Balaton Airport and  further achievements will increase people to heal and relax by the warm mineral water source.

Guest of honor foreign country: Morocco. On the official opening day, Mohammed Sajid, the Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco  held a presentation. As he said,  Just as in Hungary the driving force of tourism to be developed in  Morocco is in getting more attractive as well. Tourism relations between Hungary and Morocco last autumn were closer when MUISZ and the Moroccan National Tourist Office signed a cooperation agreement. Accordingly, the Association of Hungarian Travel Agencies will hold a meeting on 23-26 March 2018. will hold its Spring Assembly in Morocco, the venue will be in Marrakech and the participants will also visit Agadir’s resort town.

For many in the past the famous movie Casablanca already warmed the hearts to visit Morocco. Now-a-days it takes only 3.5Hs to land in a country that has thousands of faces. You can visit whilst being there the stroking waves by Sea and also enjoy the green-green oceanic landscape, visit the highest altitudes known by the flat Atlas mountains, barren deserts and enjoy the sparkling sun in the snow-covered landscape. There is a distinct contrast to each other.

Had a fruitful and interesting conversation with Ms.Bouchra Adnane – office manager at Atlas Tours in Algadir, professional tourism experts!…who told so many interesting information about Morocco, I feel in love on the spot to feel and see it with my own two eyes. At first to be ready as to visit a country of colors: If you really want a relaxing holiday, you should seriously consider choosing a city on the Atlantic coast, that is,  Agadir. Who is looking for a hot desert the gem of the country their place is Merzouga. Casablanca, the place of old houses is increasingly populated by modern buildings. The Blue City of Morocco: Chefchaouen, in the ray sunshine (almost everywhere), blue buildings radiate almost peace of mind. She also mentioned the oldest royal city: Fes, the medieval medina, is the world’s most preserved inner city. The Ouzoud Falls are near the High Atlas Mountains is simply breathtaking and one of Morocco’s most beautiful natural wonders. The office manager surely gave appetite to love Morocco to upload experience about country to have a chance to fly the next day.

The Indonesian exhibition is always renewed with a breathtaking presentation, as it was recently as well, with the introduction of traditional country costumes, accompanied by different spicy and non-spicy food tasting.

Before ending the rather long update wish to draw your attention to one of the peacefulness place outside of Hungary which is at where the tourist visitors number has been growing the heights. This venue is Park Gallanti – Holiday Village – Italy. As Mr. Mario Visentini director said: Q: It will also run this year the latest, furnished bungalows where every day is a great day, because the magic of nature holds new surprises. The calm Sea, the long and wide beaches, the nearby silent landscape for families who want a quiet break, that’s the place to be.

As in the previous year arrived from Austria to the exhibition Ms. Sylvia Brudniak – sales manager – Octoberfest Office to spread the news about one of the most wanted events by locals and foreigners. Namely: “The Austrian Octoberfest” – Austria’s largest traditional customs and Wiesn-Festival.  Information in-depth  to the September, 27 to October, 14. 2018 at the Kaiserwiese meadow at the Vienna Prater Park will be soon coming. Until then worth to mark your calendar to keep in mind.

Just as in the past years, the Gastronomy Courtyard was highly successful, whereas showcased the various cuisines of the world.

Update and snaps: Aggie Reiter