POSTED: April 8th 2016
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Sports Travel: 2024 Bid city Budapest's cultural calendar features local and national wine festivals

The VinAgora Wine Gala will be a multi-national event © Vinagora Zsolt Szigetvary
The VinAgora Wine Gala will be a multi-national event © Vinagora Zsolt Szigetvary

The Rosalia Festival takes place in early May © Rosalie Festival
The Rosalia Festival takes place in early May © Rosalie Festival

VinCe Budapest Wine show © Go To Hungary
VinCe Budapest Wine show © Go To Hungary

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Hungary is well known for its flourishing wine industry and should Budapest win the nod to host the 2024 Summer Games wine lovers attending the Olympics can explore the 22 grape producing regions making up the Hungarian wine business.

Budapest is known for its strong artistic and cultural heritage and for the fact that it is built on both sides of the beautiful Danube river, a World Heritage scenic panorama. 

Its restaurants are well known for Hungarian and international cuisine twinned with the local wine and "Palinka" offer travelers a unique dining experience.

The Olympic bid city and Hungary will be hosting a number of festivals this year to promote domestic wine making and that of the neighboring countries.

To name a few, Budapest kicked off its VinCE Budapest Wine Show March 3-5 offering wine lovers a chance to try regional wines as well as those from 160 exhibitors from Central Europe. Tastings and workshops were staged with tastes of gourmet accompaniments such as fine cheeses, olive oil and specialized charcuterie. Another local favorite liquor, "Palinka", Hungarian fruit brandy, was also highlighted showcasing the best distilleries.  

On March 19th the Great Tokaji Wine Tasting was also staged in Budapest focusing on the region and featured this well-known north eastern area near Ukraine and Slovakia that is famous for its sweet grape varieties. There are a number of types of Tokaji on the market to taste: Szamorodni, Aszu, Aszu Eszencia, and Essencia.

During 6-8 May the Rosalia Festival will take place in Budapest's City Park dedicated to rose wines welcoming in the summer months with a toast of rose and sparkling wine.

The VinAgora Wine Gala June 25th at the New York Palace, Boscolo Conference Centre will offer a myriad of wine tasting and they anticipate around 600 wines from 19 countries and guests can taste more than 150 award winning wines.

And last but far from least, one appointment that is on the top of the calendar is the annual Budapest Wine Festival that will take place from September 7-11 on Buda Castle hill with a schedule of activities taking place around the event.  Namely these include a Wine University, wine auction, an arts festival and several live cultural performances to offer a week of celebrations.

This wine fest is one of the largest in the country and last year attracted tens of thousands of visitors offering a unique experience in the Buda Castle learning about the art of wine making, sampling different Hungarian wines, a chance to meet vintners, enjoy Hungarian cuisine and listen to folk music in a remarkable setting.  

Budapest is bidding against Los Angeles, Rome and Paris to host the summer Games of 2024. The IOC will vote on their final city next year in Lima, Peru.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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