Rejoice pálinka fans! From May 22nd till May 25th 2014 Városháza Park will take up residency for the traditional Pálinka Festival. Evocative surroundings of this downtown location are meant to bring thousands of pálinka fans together for the ninth time.

One of the most anticipated spring events in Budapest, Pálinka Festival, will take place one week later than it was originally anticipated. Even though the spring season evolved from its early days, the weather still does not look too promising. Therefore, one of the city’s finest festivities will be held from May 22nd till May 25th.
Due to the inconvenient weather situation organizers decided to move the original dates. We really cannot blame them: according to the weather forecast the temperature wont get any higher than 15 degrees Celsius, moreover, it will be raining cats and dogs.

This long-awaited eventwill present masterpieces from almost 30 exhibitors. This is a record number of participants so far; and all of them are all on a mission to bring their best and finest pálinkas. Even though maintaining the centuries-old traditions has always been a priority for every distiller, this year visitors will be able to experience some highly orchestrated flavors created beyond the conventional recipe.

After four years it has become a good tradition to announce the jewel of Pálinka Festival, one particular sort of this gastronomical delight, which will carry the glorious title – Pálinka of the Year. After plum, apricot and sour cherry organizers have decided that it isPear Pálinka’s turn to impress all the visitors with its superior blend. Producers will capture the very best, sophisticated flavors in order to bring the state-of-the-art creation. The pear pálinka found for this year’s festival is unique and indeed finest – only 1500 bottles were produced.

For the simplicity and practicality organizers are no longer using voucher and card payment systems. In order to avoid long queues, cash will be accepted at all the booth houses of the festival. The entrance fee remains 2000 Forints. After the purchase all the visitors will receive “two coupons: one for tasting the Pear Pálinka of the Year, while the other can be used at any distiller for tasting one spirit.”

There is no better way to soak in the fascinating culture of theHungarian pálinka than to visit Pálinka Festival. Sunlight, spring blossoms, and the magical view of Budapest combine to help one discover the extraordinary world of a distillers’ fantasy.

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by Ekaterina Egorova



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