UNESCO Wine and Champagne Festival

16th Budapest International Wine and Champagne Festival Sept 5-9. 2007

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The Budapest International Wine Festival comes true for the sixteenth time in September 2007.
The Wine Festival had grown into the most highly regarded and popular professional event and combined arts festival of Central Europe, where each year many tens of thousands learn the art of sophisticated wine consumption and get to know the winemakers and the traditions associated with viniculture.

Wine Exhibition and Fair September 5-9,
on 5-6 between 14-23.00,
on 7-9 between 10-23.00 hours

The terraces of Buda Castle

The most visited program of the Wine Festival is the Wine Exhibition and Fair will be held eight years running at Buda Castle, designated a world heritage site by UNESCO, perhaps the most hallowed location of Budapest. At the Wine Festival, the cream of Hungary’s vintners are offering their fi nest wines; in addition to domestic vintages, thanks to respected wine merchants, a number of foreign wines shall be introduced as well.

Budapest Borfesztivál, originally uploaded by lapetitefemme22.

Gastronomy is an integral part of the Wine Festival: a corner grill, potluck farm, open air kitchen, scones baked on-site, ’töki pompos lángos’ (a fancy fl at scone), sheep, goat and cow cheeses, appetisers and other delicacies await visitors. The quality programming of the Festival
stages provide the entertainment, dance and music. Among others, the Ghymes
Együttes (band), Benkó Dixieland Band, Hot Jazz Band, the Molnár Dixieland Band, Ágnes Herczku - Nikola Parov, Makám, Orosz Zoltán Quartett, Bolyki Brothers, Vivat Bacchus Énekegyüttes (singing band), Bartók Béla Férfi kar (male chorus), and the top Hungarian folk dancing bands will be performing.

Interested visitors will once again be allowed to visit the VinAgora Tér (square) tent, where with the assistance of experts they can become wine tasting judges for a
few minutes. The judgment of the participants determines which wine wins the „Wine of the Festival” title among all the wines that will have been tasted.

Photo Exhibition
August 30 - September 30.
Hungarian National Gallery

Once again the Wine Festival will be the celebration of wine, culture, of viniculture. The photo exhibition has been the opening event of the festival. Photos withstand the test of time and with fascinating power they depict people living in harmony with nature, as well as country living and trades that are close to dying out.

Harvest Parade
September 8. 1300 hours
Buda Castle

The Harvest Procession held to honour our grape and wine producer ancestors is a colorful, scenic, musical cavalcade, an event that for years had mobilised and entertained thousands of people and encouraged them to become a part of the celebration. The procession is composed of folk dance and other traditional bands, the dignitaries of Hungary’s wine regions, its Wine Orders, wine affi cionado organisations, as well as the representatives of the Szarvasgomba
Lovagrend (Truffl e Order of Knights).

Jekl kínálat, originally uploaded by bor-neked.hu.
Guest Country: South Africa

South Africa has a winemaking tradition that dates back three hundred and fifty years. However its wines were not freely available on the global market until the advent of democracy in 1994. Since then, South African wines, which typically combine the fruit of the new world and the elegance of the old, have won international acclaim. The wine growing regions, encircled by two oceans, are in the Western Cape, situated in one of the most beautiful natural paradises of the world. The wines of South Africa proudly proclaim ”variety is in our nature”, and the South African Embassy is honoured to showcase them at the Wine Festival.

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