Ranch reflection – Who knew there was a Hungarian festival?

Csenge Csicsek – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH) – A múlt hétvégén volt Sarasota-ban egy magyar fesztivál, de a Mustangok soha nem fogják tudni.

That last sentence said, “There was a Hungarian Festival in Sarasota last weekend, but most Mustangs would never know it,” in Magyar, the language of my homeland.

I went to the Hungarian Festival because I am one of those Mustangs with a hidden cultural background. My family is from Hungary.

The Hungarian festival had its 11th annual event that took place last weekend, Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, at the Sarasota fairgrounds.

The event was filled with musical entertainment, folk dance, fun and games, and traditional cuisine.

There were performances of music groups from Hungary such as, Animal Cannibals, Bon Bon, G Weevil, Nagy Fero, and Fenyo Miklos. These music groups sang in Hungarian and attracted a huge crowd.

Traditional food was being served, such as Gulyas soup (Goulash), Chicken Paprikas, Marha Porkolt (Beef Stew), Toltott Kaposzta (Stuffed Cabbage), and Langos (Fried Dough).

Pastries like Kremes (cream puff cake), Palacsinta (crepes), and Dobos Torta (chocolate caramel layer cake) were also being sold.

The Venice Hungarian Scouts Program hosted games and arts and crafts for the younger crowd. There were inflatable bounce houses, spin art, and a bunch more.

Hungarian dogs known as the “Vizsla” breed, were also available for adoption from Hungary.

I personally thought this was the best Hungarian Festival of the six I have attended. The music was amazing, the friends were fun, and it is definitely something you should attend. Experiencing our culture is different, but in a unique way. I definitely cannot wait for next year’s.

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