Thanks to the positive reputation of the Hungarian gastronomy and pastry, food of the Hungarian cuisine is served in Hotel Mincu, Beijing, for one month. Shanghai, on the other hand, dedicates two weeks for Hungarian pastries, reports turizmusonline.hu.
The event was opened by Csaj Li-csün, CEO of Hotel Mincu and Cecilia Szilas, ambassador of Hungary in Beijing, who stated that their aim was to make Hungary an attractive destination for tourists and a potential target country for investments. The entertainment at the ceremony was provided by Hungarian hussars and folk dancers, while both the decoration and the menu of the hotel’s restaurant has been dedicated to Hungary.
Organized by the Hungarian Cultural Institute of Beijing the programmes include presentations, film screenings, endeavours to popularize the Hungary as a touristic destination, and science related diplomacy, but even kids may find themselves occupied at the event. Also the kitchen is supervised by a Hungarian chef.
Since mid-March Hungarian pastry is celebrated in Shanghai’s Park Hotel, which was designed by a Hungarian architect, László Hudec. For two weeks anyone interested can taste the traditional pastries alongside the coffee made by the Gerbaud pastry house.
Based on MTI’s report with Lívia Szentmártoni, diplomat of the Hungarian Consulate General in Shanghai, turizmusonline writes that the gastronomical experience is enlivened in the afternoons by Attila Blaho’s piano playing. The visitors can choose from the ‘Lúdláb Cake’, made of authentic Belgian chocolate, ‘Eckler Doughnut’, ‘Somlói Galuska’ to which wine from Tokay (‘Tokaji aszú’) is added, and ‘Kecskemét Apricot Pudding’, which contains apricot brandy made in Kecskemét. Moreover, in order to heighten the Hungarian atmosphere, the hall is perfumed by Eau de Hongrie, created by Viktória Minya, Hungarian perfumer. To spread the scent an air freshener device is used, which was made by SOL, a Hungarian company.
According to Szentmártoni, businessmen and leaders of delegations were invited to the event which was held in order to encourage and raise interest in Hungary and its gems, including the pastry masterpieces.
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