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Keeping Tradition Alive. Spring 2008 on the Puszta

Halasi pálinkák – Spirits from Kiskunhalas, HungaryApril 18-20: International Home Distilled Brandy Festival Gyula

Pálinka, the Hungarian “aqua vitae”, “water of life”, is distilled from sun-ripe, zesty fruits of the country: apricot, pear, plum, cherry, strawberry, etc. Whether to warm the spirits at a traditional pig killing in winter time, or to celebrate a name day or rejoice at a wedding, or just as a weekday appetizer, Hungarians will likely offer a taste or two of their favorite brandy.

Those who travel to Gyula between April 18-20, 2008, will have a chance to savor the flavors of the country’s best brandies during the 9th International Home Distilled Brandy Festival, Exhibition, and Fair. On the 19th, the visitors’ hunger will also be satisfied at the 8th Pig Killers’ Day (Böllér Nap) held at the same time on the Castle Grounds (Várkert).

Location: Gyula, Várkert
E-mail: lovaszreklam@t-online.hu


April 27: 24th St. George’s Day Shepherd Competition Hódmezővásárhely

Traditionally, St. George's Day is the first day of driving the flocks to the pasture. In Hódmezővásárhely, they celebrate St. George's Day with a shepherd competition, accompanied by a stew cooking contest, fair, and other activities.

Program of events:

7:00 Start of cooking contest
8:00 – 9:00 Shepherd Competition: theory
9:00 Opening Ceremony
9:30- 12:00 Shepherd Competition: practice; quizzes
11:00 Photo Contest results
11:30 Drawing Contest results
15:00 Main results

  • Preparing mutton- and other stews cooked in the cauldron
  • Trade expo, produce show
  • Artisan fair
  • Petting zoo, playhouse

Location: Hódmezővásárhely, Takács Ferenc Képző Központ
E-mail: galyas@mgk.u-szeged.hu


May 1: Labor Day@ the New Tanyacsárda in Lajosmizse

Traditionally, May 1st was the day of rejoicing over Nature's rebirth. One of the most popular and wide-spread ways of celebrating Labor Day in Hungary is setting up a Maypole, symbol of renewal and love. At the Tanyacsárda, in Lajosmizse, hungry visitors can share in the tradition, can participate in all-day programs, and satisfy their palate with some of the best of the Hungarian cuisine.

Programs from 10.00 AM:
  • Craft activities
  • Archery with indoor archery world champion, Szilárd Kamarás
  • Horse and buggy ride
  • Horseback riding
  • Horse show
  • Setting up the Maypole
  • Ox-grilling
Tanyacsárda Lajosmizse: table served
Festive menu:

  • Bakony outlaw’s soup (Bakonyi betyárleves) with potato dumplings
  • On the Roast Platter: Grilled beef with onion mashed potatoes,Bacon-wrapped chicken breast filets with apple cabbage, and Pangasius fish filet with vegetable noodles
  • Strudel medley with strawberry sauce
E-mail: tanyacsarda@tanyacsarda.hu


May 9-10: 12th National Herdsmen Competition and Shepherds’ Gathering Hortobágy

National Herdsmen Competition and Shepherds’ Gathering HortobágyGrey cattle herders on the Hortobágy have kept our ancestors’ herding traditions to our days. The main purpose of the Herdsmen Competition is to provide an opportunity to the participants to show their everyday herding skills like drawing water, counting the herd, cattle driving, using the long whip and herdsman’s crook, and lassoing. Thus, visitors to the event can get acquainted with the equipment, lifestyle, and daily routine of the Hungarian cowboys.

Fringe event of the Herdsmen Competition on Saturday, May 10, is a Shepherd Dance Competition, followed by a Shepherd’s Ball in the evening. The events are accompanied by craftsmen show and fair.

Location: Hortobágy Puszta Zoo (pusztai állatpark)
E-mail: szabgab@hortobagyikht.hu


May 11-12: Pentecost festival @ the New Tanyacsárda in Lajosmizse

Programs from 10.00 AM:
  • Craft activities for children: making a floral headdress
  • Choosing of a Pentecost king and queen
  • “Dancing out” of the Maypole
  • Horse and buggy ride
  • Horseback riding
  • Horse show
Festive lunch:

  • Chicken ragout soup with cream
  • On the Roast Platter: Stuffed duck with apple cabbage,Meat kebab with spicy fries, and Pork rib with cauliflower gratin and rice
  • “Milk pie” with cottage cheese and strawberry sauce (Note: The Hungarian milk pie--tejespite--is more of a non-puffed oven pancake.)

Cost of the festive lunch: 4 900 Ft/adult, 3 300 Ft/child (4-14 years old) + gift: participation at the events
E-mail: tanyacsarda@tanyacsarda.hu



The organizers reserve the right to change the program at any time.