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Hungarian archers show their skill at the 2019 Sarasota Hungarian Heritage Festival.

Csenge Csicsek – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Múlt hétvégén volt egy Magyar Fesztivál, de te nem tudnál róla.

That last sentence in my native language, Magyar, translates to, “There was a Hungarian Festival last weekend, but you probably didn’t know about it.”

I am a Mustang with a proud cultural background. Most people can recognize my name is foreign, and it is Hungarian.

I attended the 13th annual Hungarian Festival Oct. 12-13 at the Sarasota Fair Grounds. There was much to do at the festival: listen to live music, taste traditional Hungarian cuisine, participate in archery, watch a horse archer, folk dance, and more.

I am always glad to be part of a Hungarian Festival because it feels like a weekend where I am with all my friends and family. Everyone who is Hungarian goes, and the language is all around me. It brings back the feeling of living in Hungary just for that weekend and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Dishes such as traditional goulash soup, fried dough, stuffed cabbage, chicken “paprikash,” and beef stew were served. Deserts were also available for purchase such as: krémes (crème cake), palacsinta (crepes), and dobos torta (chocolate caramel cake).

There were performances by famous Hungarian bands and folk dancers all throughout the weekend, such as Böjte Réka, Emese Sipos, and Apostol. My dad also got to play guitar with the lead singer for the band Kerozin, which has hit songs in Hungary.

The Hungarian Scouts program from Venice, FL also hosted fun games for children to participate in.

Something new that I got to participate in this year is the Hun Archers archery team. We performed three shows each day during the festival and had demonstrations for anyone interested.

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