Close to 11 000 Israelis turned up to the Hungarian Festival in Tel Aviv on its first day on Friday. The festival is being organised in partnership of the Hungarian Embassy, Tel Aviv City Hall and the Hungarian-Israeli NNG company in the city’s Hatachana district. Its aim is to showcase Hungarian culture, gastronomy and innovation, Andor Nagy, Hungary’s ambassador to Israel, said, adding the number of visitors on the first day alone went way beyond expectations.
The most successful performances on Friday included the showings of a Palóc folk dance ensemble from the northern Hungarian town of Szécsény and a jazz group lead by musician Zsolt Farkas. Hungarian culinary delights were also highly popular, with long queues for chimney cake, sandwiches made with Hungarian meat products, “pörkölt”, cottage cheese dumplings, pancakes and “lángos”,
Ron Huldai, the mayor, noted personalities of Hungarian origin and their contribution to Israeli culture, including writer Ephraim Kishon and journalist-politician Tommy Lapid.
Visitors were predominantly Israelis of Hungarian origin, who flocked to Tel Aviv from the whole country to enjoy familiar tastes of food and drink and Hungarian culture to accompany it.
via hungarymatters,hu and maszol.ro
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