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The 33rd International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

International Palace Games at Visegrád – 2017.

July, 7 – 9. 2017.

Hungary’s largest celebration event at the unique and credible historical environment indeed will be showing a slice of Hungary’s medieval history, commemorating for 33 years. Replaying the 1335 Visegrád kings meeting, when Róbert Károly called the Czech and Polish rulers to the courthouse where was held a huge celebration with medieval dances for the guests and their entourage. This was one of the most important events of medieval Europe.

Calling Hungarians and foreigners to travel back in time for almost 700 years, as around 1,000 people from almost 10 countries in Europe dressed in traditional costumes appear at Visegrád. During the three days kings, battlefields, street comedians and dancers overwhelming the streets. The event also holds three different international tournaments, which will be held 10 times during the festival’s 3 days in the original course of the Royal Palace. On horseback tournaments, Europe’s best traditions show battle scenes, horse and pedestrian battles, falconer and archery shows, dance shows, and also traditional canals such as costume archery and live racing. In addition to the knights tournaments, there are more than 100 programs in the city that await visitors during the event. On the open-air stage, era’s music concerts, medieval dance shows, comedy shows and a children’s puppet theater are waiting for the audience between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and handicraft fair with more than 100 merchants ont he spot. Throughout the day, street enthusiasts and comedians entertain the guests all day, and as in the past, they will also be able to showcase craftsmen’s shows. On Friday and Saturday, after the evening torch tournaments, the Royal Wine Yard will host a party at 2 p.m., where concerts and dancing parties await guests. The V4 street, where the countries of the Visegrád Co-operation are presenting themselves, promise to be a specialty in the cozy piano line.

Visitors with only one ticket can enter and view the exhibitions at the Royal Palace and the Solomon’s Tower, the colorful programs taking place there, and the programs of the Wine Yard’s open-air stage, the fair and the city park. To the knights tournaments need to have a special entry ticket.

Visitors can enjoy a number of ticket discounts: ticket sales and tickets for knight tournaments as well as pre-announced group ticket purchasers are provided free of charge by day-ticket organizers. The same is true of those who wish to travel by on boat to Visegrád can take an excursion boat on the River  Danube to the International Palace Games of Visegrád (any three days). During the festival there will be free parking in the city area, but keep in mind those interested to visit the venue better to arrive early.

The International Visegrád Palace Games were held for the first time in 1985. Today, the festival has become to be a massive performance, attracting international attention to the most important historical sites of Hungarian culture and European culture. In the history of the festival, it is an important milestone that the Royal Heritage of Visegrád was awarded the European Heritage title in 2009 as one of the most important historical monuments. The prize is a priority in European history that has played a prominent role in the European dimension of buildings, memorials and cultural goods. In 2015, the International Festival of Visegráds won the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) award for the best festivals in the European Union’s most important cultural and artistic event. Performers from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Transylvania and Russia will attend the event. According to surveys for tourism, the festival is the second best known attraction in Visegrád. The Visegrád International Fireworks is organized by Pro Visegrád Cultural Service Provider Nonprofit Ltd. The main sponsors of the event are: International Visegrad Fund, National cultural Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs, OTP Bank Ltd., Gambling Nonprofit Kft.

For a detailed program of Visegrád International Palace Games and ticket information,  visit

Update Aggie Reiter

Two new gastronomy members on the charts of Hungaricum – HUSZ – Budapest

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The best way to learn about the country is by its gastronomy !

József Birinyi – President  and Gábor Mathiász – Vice President of the Hungaricum Association … hereinafter: HUSZ welcomed by invitation the previously and lately added members to the Hungaricum Association. Also guests and press individuals were greeted by  attending the ceremony.  During the past  weeks  round 20 members have been added  to the “HUSZ”.  Lately these iconic were the Omega band’s musical heritage, the 100-member Gypsy Orchester –  the Hungarian Gypsy music and its songs as musical heritage. The ceremony took place at the  St. George Residence Budapest‘s first “All Suite” hotel. Europe recorded among the hundred best hotels, five-star hotel on the basis of written documents dating back  from 1311, it is actually a three medieval foundations Baroque corner building complex. The 700 year-old buildings and more than 200-year-old hotel rightly bears the oldest hotel in Budapest.

Among the special guest, the HUSZ invited actor Gabor Koncz. Many knowing him as an excellent horse rider as well, but only a few know him as a Fishman. As for the story of his love for the fish he spoke of his own little island  where  the carp are brought up by him at a hundred square meters pond. He spends a deal of time in fishing his special way.  In connection with the fish soup, he entered at the local cooking contest and by the evaluated expert jury his fish soup named as “Orvhalászlé” –  Poach soup won the first prize. Before giving over the floor to the new HUSZ members the actor read a poem by poet András Szabó – The fishermen Lord’s Prayer on which the fishermen, anglers around popping poach.

Before presenting  the two new members heard a short overview of the association’s  task, highlighting the importance to wider the list of Hungaricum, not just for the Hungarians to learn, but for especially to bring attention to the near-and-far individuals not to only ring the bell of Hungary to foreigners as they say  “Yes Puskás”. Also to learn for those living abroad that the so-called „Gulyás” – Goulash is a heavy soup and not a stew! The value philosophy is important because it show the different regional traditions at the gastronomy festivals.

In recognition of many years of work the two new representatives officially join into the line HUSZ … on one hand with the Golden Carp – Fisheries Ltd. – Hungarian Fish soup, …  on the other hand  the “Betyárgulyás” – Outlaw Goulash – the Hungarian Goulash Gastro-Tourism whom both gave a short overview of keeping up with the tradition,  their presence in the history of the values in the Hungarian traditional gastronomy. Ferenc Lévai –  owner  – CEO  Golden Carp Fishery Ltd spoke about the fish soup acutally revealed initially by the Hungarian people  who were simple fishermen. Fishing in the homeland and enjoy this science brought to Hungary from the Carpathian basin rivers. Even King Sigismund loved to go fishing as well and his favorite fish was the  ” Viza – Sturgeon”.  When he was elected as  the Holy Roman Emperor, closed down near Győr all dead branches –  sturgeon migrating upward from the army. During his era huge quantities of fish were taken to the Vienna market.  The river’s richness in fish lasted until the beginning to the river regulation. Thereafter,  the batches, swampy areas fish farms were established. Our country has become the second largest producer of fish in Europe! To 15 countries were delivered carp in special wagons.  Way back, the fish-eating people were much healthier than are to-day.  There is no religion that prohibits to the consumption of fish.  The fish could be prepared in dozens-and dozens ways but one of the most successful recipe was just the simple carp fish soup made in so many different ways – depending on the region’s tradition.

Perhaps there are only a few countries around the world where as saying the word goulash, would not immediately connect it to  Hungary. The  Hungarian Association of Gastro-tourism – President Sándor Csányi  mainly talked about the Szolnok Goulash Festival first organized in 1998. It became unexpectedly such a huge success, that since then this year will be organizing  the 18th  Goulash Festival at Szolnok. Also said: Q.:  “The goulash is like a football – everyone thinks they know …  it all.”  Same with the Hungarian goulash  which is not that simple, yet easy to cook. Originally shepherds cooked as a stew  and called it goulash meat. Today, the  housewives  prepare the goulash soup completely differently, as a heavy soup, but traveling to any region in Hungary you will not find the  same in taste named goulash soup, yet it is a real experience to gain the notably  difference in the rich flavors.

After the official presentations on behalf of the Association was handled over the Hungaricum membership Charts.

Szabolcs Szécsi – Mayor of Tarpa announced that they intend to move into the line of HUSZ partnership. Emphasized … One of the village’s greatest value is the “Golden Plum Pálinka” BUT there is much more to see and taste in the village more than that. Many folks know about Tarpa from the history time the name  Tamás Esze who was the bravest captain in the 18th century in the  war of independence, but beside that Tarpa is famous of its local plum  the “Penyige” and as the locals call it  ” Unknow Plum”.   The Gold Plum Pálinka is a real trademark of the region .This pálinka is developed on centuries-old tradition. When the ripe season entered, the whole village move out under the plum trees, stripped, cooked jam, prepared pálinka and by the end took them back home. The former traditional Szatmár-Bereg Plum Days, renamed as the “New Pálinka Festival”  is still on. The Szatmár-Bereg co-jury assess the pálinka together with the Order of Knighthood. In the beginning the festival was held only for domestic participants, thereafter, Romania, Transylvania and Ukraine joined the event. The plan is to hold the “New Pálinka Festival”  not  only as for a one-day festival, but to be able to create for the Hungarians and tourists arriving to Tarpa to spend time at the 4-5 days  festival filled with not only pálinka, but enjoying the gastronomy and the local traditional programs.

The next event is coming up this weekend with the XV. Kuruc Day –  this is a traditional event brought back from the past, with also Kuruc gastronomy combined with traditional  programs.

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The ceremony continued by a guided tour inside the St. George Residence Hotel,  then after invited to taste the two new HUSZ members cook of the day … fish and goulash soup, taste the wines from Kecel, champagne from the cellar of Törlei and naturally the famous golden plum pálinka from Tarpa.

With the two new members the Hungarian gastronomy and  the Hungaricum Association “HUSZ” definitely became richer!

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Pilgrim trains from Hungary to Poland and Transylvania – 2016.

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Keeping and continuing the tradition of recent years this year again takes off  the pilgrim train organized in co-operation with the

Mission Tour Travel Agency and the MÁV-Start Zrt.

The Virgin Mary pilgrim train rolls on the railway tracks to Csíksomlyó – Transylvania and to the Black Madonna –  Poland located at Czestochowa which was announced by László Budai – managing director of Mission Tours Travel Agency in Budapest at the latest press conference held at the Western Railway Station’s  – Royal Waiting Hall.  Also was told, these spiritual pilgrimage tours are occasion to recharge, community-building and strengthening foreign relations between each other  nations as well.

This year, young people with disabilities and their families will be supported to travel on the pilgrimage train told by the representative of the Ministry of Human Resources who also added those on this journey will not only have a spiritual recharge, but the ability to add strength to the struggles of everyday life.

The exact program is still being prepared, but already having  plans with concerts, interviews with  people who bear to witness their faith, adoration and contemplation.

Saint – Pope John Paul II died 10 years ago. Therefore, it is important that during the trip the pilgrims will stop to visit the newly constructed basilica named after the Polish Pope as well.

Update an snaps by Aggie Reiter


Final results of the Nation’s Cheese Competition – Budapest – 2015.

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 The SZEGA Foods this year organized its III. Cheese Nations competition, having  17 countries race.One Hungarian and 16 internationally acclaimed cheese manufacturing countries competed in the traditional specialties.  Namely the competition was to select, vote for “Hungary’s favorite cheese” .

The qualifying round was held between  August, 24. 2015 until September, 8. At the SZEGA  market, district II.,  121 Erzsébet Ave. – Budapest  those folks interested to taste  fine cheese  could have voted on the spot or  may have shown their favorite cheese by visiting the store’s internet site. Was kind of challenge to really choose and vote for their favorites  from the 17 countries cheese.

After the first round the voting continued between  September, 9 to 13. By then many local and foreigner individuals selected  their kind of cheese. So the competition kept on running to receive  the title of best, most tasteful cheese of 2015 in Hungary. Day-by-day at the SZEGA Market the climbing up votes appeared  at the local display screen and followed on the internet.  The winner(s) were announced at  the venue of the 24th Wine Festival – Royal Castle on September, 13. 2015., The competition ended with an award ceremony.

Here are the result of the competition receiving  awards: 1st Pater – Hungary, 2nd Sartori Merlo  – USA , 3rd Provolone – Italy,  4th Comté – France, 5th Dubliner – Ireland.  6th Belgium –  Hervé La Bière, 7th Switzerland  –  Appenzeller .

This year for the first time, the United States of America,  as a guest nation,  also entered the Nation’s Cheese competition and the voter showed  surely their appreciation of the fine „Sartori Merlot„ cheese.

Unfortunately, even though the nations cheese were very flavorful,  yet excluded from the award, but still the audience very much enjoyed their cheese … Spain – Idiazabal,  Netherlands  –  Edam Balls, Portugal  –  Sao Jorge, Estonia – Forte Classico, UK -Leicester Red, Denmark –  Danbo, Germany  – Limburger, Greece –  Kefalotiri,  Austria – Mölltaler Almkäse,  Czech Republic – Zlata Praha.

Well it seems like for a year to the completion 2016 had come to an end, but for those who missed to taste these delicious cheese during the period in time, may not have to be down, because all year around at the SZEGA Market these Nation’s Cheese can be purchased.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter