September 7 – 9, 2007
On the weekend of 7 – 9 September 2007, the city of Szolnok will host its 9th International Goulash Cooking and Tradition Preserving Festival
(Nemzetkozi Gulyasfozo es Hagyomanyorzo Fesztival
). Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to graze their eyes on gastronomic and crafts displays, fill their shopping bags with the colorful products and souvenirs offered by the street vendors, or just enjoy the festive atmosphere around the stage. A fun event for the whole family: the organizers prepared an amusement park as well, to entertain the children.
A few highlights from the program on September 8, 2007
- Festival Guest of Honor: Embassy of the United States Budapest, Hungary
- Cooking Contests
- Mihaly Illyes-Veszti’s attempt to set a record by cooking “The Seven Chieftains Goulash” (Hetvezer Gulyas) in a 13 US gallon (49 liter) clay pot made in Korond, Romania.
9.00 – Performance of the Parajd Wind Instrument Group, Romania (Parajdi Fuvoszenekar es kiserete
10.00 – Official opening of the Festival. Goulash Festival new signal
10.30 – Songs and stories from Moldavia – Csorompolok
(Noise Makers) Ensemble
11.20 – Zsanett Dance Studio
11.40 – Rakoczi Folk Dance Ensemble
12.00 – "Jo ebedhez szol a nota"
– Musical accompaniment to a tasty lunch
1.00 – Keeping the Roma Tradition program
1.30 – Trampoline Sports demonstration
2.00 – Performance by the Szolnok College Choir (Szolnoki Foiskola enekkara
2.30 – Polonez Folk Song and Dance Ensemble
3.00 – Aikido Culture Association demonstration
3.20 – Announcements of results of the Speedgun Goal Scoring Competition
3.30 – Performance of the Parajd Wind Instrument Group
4.00 – Announcements of results of the Cooking Competition
5.15 – Evergreen: Bartok Music School Big Band
6.00 – Operetta hits
6.30 – Kornel
7.00 – Nostalgia Disco – rock legends
9.00 – Concert by the KORONA band
: Szolnok, Tiszaliget
Full program in Hungarian
Goulash Festival Home
– Hungarian, English, German, Polish – not updated!
A sampler of Korond ceramics and crafts
Embassy of the United States Budapest, Hungary
Goulash a la Jonah
Goulash is one of the most characteristic Hungarian meals. Traditionally, it is cooked in large cauldrons outdoors
, and due to the ultimate Hungarian condiment, paprika
, it looks like chili with a fiery red color
The following is a recipe that is considered to be one of the “most original” versions of Goulash.
Szolnok, the capital of Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok County
, is situated in the heart of the Great Hungarian Plain, 62 miles (100 km) southeast of Budapest, at the junction of rivers Tisza and Zagyva.
Szolnok has a very colorful cultural life. Opportunities for active recreation
also abound in Szolnok. Its two rivers invite for boat tours, fishing
, or a refreshing swim.