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News about the Zimmermann family’s quest for a memorial plaque in Tokaj

In June 2016 the Royal Tokaji Winery in Mád held a ceremony in which it placed two plaques (one in Hungarian and one in English) on their winery to finally acknowledge the Jewish family, the Zimmermanns, who lived and worked in the building, until they were deported to Auschwitz. For hundreds of years the family had been important vineyard owners, winemakers, and merchants in the Tokaj region. That all ended, and so did the significant Jewish presence in the Tokaj region.

We are happy to have played a small part in the story of how this plaque has come to be. It was only when a few of the Zimmermann descendants (who now live in the US) booked a Tokaj Jewish Heritage & Wine Tour with us that they discovered what had become of their family’s former residence. They realized that there was no mention of the family (or the village’s Jewish history) in the story on the web site detailing the fascinating history of the region and the winery. Several of the family members traveled to Hungary for the ceremony, and we were proud to join them for the dedication of this important plaque.

As Alice Feiring wrote: “The Oster/Zimmermann family made it clear that they were not after reclamation. They wanted recognition. Not only for themselves but for the Jews of the region who built the industry in the 19th century that others now are benefitting from. They did not want their history to be erased. It was that simple. And that profound.”

Here is a collection of articles written about the story of the Zimmermann ancestors and their quest for the plaque in remembrance of their ancestors.

— The Feiring Line (Alice Feiring)

— Wine Searcher

— Tablet

— Reuters

— Forward

— Wine Sofa

— Blue Danube


“Taste Hungary’s Culinary Walk actually exceeded my expectations. Elza seemed to have a bottomless tank of energy and possesses a wealth of local knowledge about the city that she so obviously loves. The tour certainly doesn’t skimp on food and one feels that Carolyn, Gábor and their team have a legitimate passion for Hungary’s food and wine. Hungary might not be a culinary destination quite like Italy or France–perhaps it never will be–but the folks at Taste Hungary are putting this little country on the map. Eating here isn’t about pretense and fluff. Eating here is like eating at grandma’s house: Slow cooked goodness with heart, soul and of course paprika. And don’t worry, there’s always enough for seconds, usually thirds too.”

— Paprika Project


“If you’ve paid the dollars and the double-digit hour travel to Europe, you really should do your best to have great meals every time. In light of all we ate and learned and walked, Taste Hungary’s tour rightfully deserves its accolades and I would wholeheartedly recommend this tour for those serious about their food. Come with an empty stomach, an open mind and this is an excellent way to spend half a day abroad. And if this tour doesn’t quite suit you, I have full confidence in saying that you’ll probably find something in their suite of food tour offerings.”

—I Ate My Way Through


“In households across America on the fourth Thursday of every November, friends and family gather to share feasts of roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and many other harvest-season specialties that fill countless tables as the highlight of traditional Thanksgiving celebrations. This annual tradition of counting blessings and congregating with loved ones may have its origins among the Pilgrims in Plymouth, but the holiday’s spirit of grateful gobbling is now recognized with festive Thanksgiving events around the world, including these offers in the Magyar metropolis.”

—We Love Budapest


“Ideally, our first evening in the Hungarian capital was already reserved. Awaiting us through the din was the warm and welcoming tasting room of Taste Hungary, where we would spend the evening diving into the tumultuous history and poignant flavors of Hungarian wine … Knowing little to nothing about Hungarian wine, I was more than a little stoked to spend the evening with Gábor Bánfalvi, the co-owner of Taste Hungary and our expert-in-residence for the 2-hour Essentials of Hungarian Wine tasting. Eight wines were on the docket, ranging from a brisk sparkling white through punchy local reds and ending with Hungary’s famous sweet Tokaj whites.”

—Spanish Sabores


“Taste Hungary is owned by Gábor and Carolyn Bánfalvi, and both were great in making sure Charlie and I had a wonderful first visit to Hungary. Our stay in Hungary included a great visit to Tokaj, where Gábor led the way in our visits to three pincészets (or wineries; you will also see “pince” or “birtok” to describe a winery). Gábor also arranged an “old Aszús” tasting at his wine shop in Budapest – the Tasting Table. “

— Wine Travel Around The World


“When first stepping into the comfortably charming brick-walled cellar that houses Tasting Table, it’s easy to imagine that you’re visiting friends who just happen to have an extraordinary collection of Hungarian and Central European wines, all of which they’re happy to share over delicious morsels and lively conversation. In fact, this initial impression is quite close to the truth, as Tasting Table is the recently opened culinary hangout of the convivial husband-and-wife tour-guide team leaders Gábor and Carolyn Bánfalvi, and they welcome everyone to discover the nation’s finest flavors here.”

— WeLoveBudapest


“In the courtyard, we pass the only strictly kosher restaurant permitted for Orthodox Jews, as well as a kosher shop in the complex, where meat cuts are pre-ordered on a waiting list. The division between the Jewish community here not only lies in which synagogue you go to, but also which kosher shop you frequent. If you shop in one, you won’t shop in another.
Four hours walking the quarter on an empty stomach worked up an appetite, when our guide bid farewell and our guide from Taste Hungary took over, taking us to part two of our tour – the full Jewish culinary experience in the home of Maja, the wife of the late Rabbi Tamás Raj who cooked us a feast.”

— Perceptive Travel


“As we made our way through the first two courses, our Taste Hungary guide, Anna, told us about her own Jewish heritage. After having grown up in a strict Catholic household, she later discovered her family actually came from a Jewish background. Her Jewish grandmother had actually converted to Catholicism and the Jewish side was buried in the family history. Ever since Anna discovered her heritage, she has developed an interest in learning more about her heritage and Hungarian Jewish culture. The feast piled on and we were treated to roasted goose leg accented with spices with corn and figs, and roasted beef tongue with horseradish sauce, along with potatoes, aubergines and pickles. Just as we thought we couldn’t eat anymore, we were presented with desert.”

— Perceptive Travel


Hungary is listed as one of Europe’s Top 5 Wine Destinations on TripRebel (and Taste Hungary also gets a mention)!

“Why visit Hungary? The most renowned wines of Hungary are of course the sweet Tokaj and the intense Eger, a red wine referred to as ‘Bull’s Blood’. But the country’s wine portfolio is far more expansive offering top dry whites and fine red wines. The winemaking culture of Hungary today is mixture of tradition and innovation with new, small estates popping up all across the country.”

— Trip Rebel


“Seriously, if you’re going I would highly recommend putting Taste Hungary on your ‘to do’ list. Right at the top.”

— Adventures Of A London Kiwi


“Most food tours allow you to try tapas-sized portions at a number of restaurants or food stands, popping in and out after a few minutes and a brief description of the dish’s history and ingredients. It’s a great way to sample lots of the flavors of a destination. But for our second visit to Budapest, we got to dig a little deeper on a progressive dinner walk. We leisurely dined on a full course off the menu from multiple spots. After all, why have dinner at one place when you can have it at five?”

— Travel Addicts


“When you visit a new place, what is one of the first things you want to do? Try the local cuisine, of course! Every country has a famous dish that every visitor should try and Hungary is no exception. We heard that Budapest had phenomenal food, but we weren’t sure where exactly to start our food journey. Sure, we wanted to sample the Goulash and Lesco, but these are common dishes that can be found anywhere; it’s like looking for pizza in Italy! We wanted to make sure that we got on the foodie track and experience the food in Budapest the way the locals do.”

— No Destinations


“Try and do this on your first day so that you can acclimatise to the city and also get tips from your guide about where else to go! I loved the one I went on – a Culinary Walk with Taste Hungary. It was one of the better food tours I’ve been on. Perfect amount and variety of food, with a good mix of historical info and a lovely guide.”

— Jozilicious


“I may not have been a coffee aficionado prior to starting this tour but three hours later, I felt readier than ever to branch out from my longstanding love of tea. That’s the thing about a great food tour – it reaffirms your love for some things (cake, cake, always cake) and flirtatiously teases you into experimenting with others (coffees, sweet wines and chocolates with tarragon?!)”

— Why Waste Annual Leave


“The wine tasting concluded the tour, which was, without a doubt, one of the best things we did while visiting Budapest. Not only did we taste some amazing food, we also learnt a lot about the history of Budapest and Hungary, Sabi, the guide made the tour that little bit more special. We highly recommend anyone with an interest in food to book this tour, just don’t eat breakfast in the morning!”

— Flashpacking Duo


“Taste Hungary’s Gastronomy and History Tour (a collaboration with Insight Cities) mixes up both the foodie side of Budapest with a background of the city’s past in perfect measures.”

— Two Scots Abroad


“When you go to Budapest Taste Hungary [The Tasting Table] is a must visit. It may seem unassuming but then you will be delighted by the offerings, warmth of experience and a picture into Hungarian’s artisan food and wine movement. Taste Hungary does tours—I so want to go on one of their tours or their wine maker dinners. My only regret was not taking a bottle of wine with me. I was carrying so many things through the 31 cities I visited I though I couldn’t take another bottle with me but I wish I did. Another trip to Budapest is in store for me and a tour and winemakers dinner and to sit down again and see what Ferenc and Tamás will serve.”

— James The Wine Guy


“Before my visit to Budapest, I did some online research and put some feelers out to my culinary friends. One name kept coming up — Taste Hungary Budapest Food Tours. I headed to their website and was immediately excited by the offerings — dessert classes, dinner tours, sweets tours, market walks. Once I realized they were the same group that helps Zingerman’s lead their Hungarian food tours, I was completely sold.”

— The Hungry Traveler Blog


Gábor talked to Eater about “The Rich History of Hungarian Wine: “But if Hungarian wines have long been held in such esteem, why is it that today one would be hard-pressed to find any at a local liquor store? The answer lies in the complex and varied history of Hungary.”

— Eater


“I think it’s without saying that Budapest is a favorite destination for many travelers because of its beauty, affordability, and cuisine. The best way to experience all the cuisine has to offer, is to do a food tour! We spent an amazing day with Taste Hungary and Tasting Table Budapest to explore all that Hungarian cuisine has to offer.”

— Busabout Diary: The Blog Abroad


“We Love Budapest includes Taste Hungary in a roundup of Budapest’s best cooking classes: “Taste Hungary’s baking course is the event to attend in Budapest for those who want to immerse in the scrumptious world of Hungarian pastries – or anyone with a sweet tooth. Learn the secrets of soft scones and how to make Hungary’s renowned caramel-topped Dobos cake from a prominent pastry chef at Auguszt Confectionery, one of Budapest’s oldest family-run patisseries. Before the class starts, participants can sample several different cakes and desserts, and during the four-hour event an English-speaking guide provides lots of inside information about Hungarian sweets and baking.”

— We Love Budapest


“The food and wine were great, but meeting people with similar passions for food and wine is making this a travel experience to remember.”

“Every once in a while I find myself in a place where I want to remove my shoes and simply stand in awe.Those are special places, special situations, a religious experience, if you will, where as ancient texts say, removing one’s shoes is a sign of reverence for what could be considered holy ground. Such places go beyond beauty, and they cry out for silence, or at least revered whispers. Standing on the threshold of Istvan Karoly (Stephan) Spiegelberg’s 100-plus-year-old wine cave Sunday all but struck me dumb.”

— Hobberdog Chronicles (part 1)

— Hobberdog Chronicles (part 2)


“The Tasting Table is the perfect place to get your feet wet when it comes to Hungarian wine. I found myself here after a marathon culinary tour offered by the shop’s parent organization Taste Hungary, which offers a variety of gastronomical experiences, including culinary tours, wine tasting, and even a pop-up restaurant in one of the guide’s homes. It was here that our guide and sommelier-in-training, Virág, explained how fungus-covered grapes are picked by hand to create one of Hungary’s most popular and unique wines, the sweet yet drinkable Tokaji Aszú.”

— Travioor


Taste Hungary is recommended on a Dutch travel site.

— Reisgenie


“Afterwards, mains were served – spiced roast duck and salted beef tongue, served with mashed aubergines, potatoes, pickles and corn on the cob. The perfect mixture between Middle Eastern and Central European flavours – a meal that was, in a nutshell, the summary of the day we spent together. Jewish Budapest on a plate.”

— The Crowded Planet


“Overall, the Culinary Walk food tour with Taste Hungary turned out to be one of the best tours I’ve ever been on and has encouraged me to seek out future food tours in whatever cities I plan to visit next. The great taste and quality of the food, sweets and drinks that I tasted on the tour combined with Zsofia’s knowledge and personality resulted in a memorable and completely unique experience that I won’t soon forget. Let me end this by saying that if you’re looking for the best food tour in Budapest I highly recommend you choose one with Taste Hungary.”

— Stefan Round The World


“A good orientation to the food scene in Budapest is to visit the grand covered Central Market, that’s been serving the city since 1879. Along with a visit to the thermal baths, Carolyn Bánfalvi, a Budapest-based food and wine writer and owner of Taste of Hungary tells me that a visit to the market, is top on her list.”

— Food and The Fabulous


“The Authentic Flavors of Jewish Budapest tour is ideal for visitors who want to develop an in-depth understanding of Jewish Budapest through history and culinary experiences. “

— Budapest Local


“Exploring Budapest through its gastronomy is always great, and when you can combine that with wine, then it’s one of those perfect travel experiences. Luckily, Tasting Table & Shop, run by Taste Hungary, offers wine dinners on a weekly basis, where you can both taste some delicious Hungarian foods and learn about Hungarian wines. … Thursday dinners at Taste Hungary’s Tasting Table & Shop offer a great way to learn about Hungarian cuisine and Hungarian wines. These dinners are also very interactive, so you can ask your questions about the food and the wines any time. We also got the full list of the menu with detailed recipes as well as the wine list. And of course, after dinner, you can also purchase the wines at the shop.”

— Budapest Local


Taste Hungary is recommended on a Dutch travel site.

— Vakansideals


Our Culinary Walk is reviewed on this Dutch travel site.

— Vakansideals


“This atmospheric cellar in a 19th century building houses a wine shop and tasting room all in one. As a shop the Tasting Table Shop focuses on wines and grape varieties of Central Europe. There are almost 100 wines for sale, most of them aren’t available anywhere else. The Tasting Table Shop doesn’t pour wine from behind the bar, just sit at the big tables, taste a special wine and learn all about their history, their makers and their terroirs. “

— Mooistestedentrips


A description of our hands-on Roma Cooking Class & Dinner: “For us, this was a meal, a lesson in a people’s rich history and its cuisine, a city and a country and its people today we’ll think more about, fondly as we go.”

— International Cuisine


“After all of the protein, fried dough, chocolate and cakes, there is only one natural conclusion – a glass (or three) of wine to wash it all down! We beelined it to Taste Hungry’s eclectic Tasting Table with wine in mind. As Judit poured generous glasses, we learned about the unique geography of Hungry that’s aided in the international success of it’s vineyards. Paired with Hungarian cheeses, I quickly slurped up sweet Tokaji white wine followed by a gorgeous red, graphically called ‘Bull’s Blood’. I was in Hungarian gastronomic bliss.”

— The Overseas Escape


“Walking to each location we were able to experience Budapest and the sights and smells of the city. We were able to directly talk to owners and workers. It was more than just eating food. It was interacting with locals and understanding what it means to be Hungarian. That day I learned that fat, onion and paprika is the Holy Trinity of Hungarian cuisine. That day I learned that lard and bread “smells like home”. That day I learned that if you come with an appetite on the Taste Hungary Culinary Walk, you will leave with an appreciation for Hungarian cuisine and culture: the idea that food is meant to bring people together, to bring them home.”

— No Money Will Travel


“Even for travelers who know their way around food and wine in a foreign country it can be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for, but it is nearly impossible to discover the secrets of Budapest food and wine without speaking Hungarian. Ideally, finding a knowledgeable guide is the perfect solution to getting a handle on the history of the food, wine and changing styles, and we were all lucky to find ourselves on this informative and fun food & wine walk with one of Budapest’s’ best guides.”

— Living Better 50


“On our recent trip to Hungary we booked a Taste Hungary food tour, where we learned that pickles are important in Hungarian cuisine. Our guide let us try several varieties of pickled vegetables bought from the basement stalls at Budapest’s Great Market Hall. Curiously, the market hides all the “smelly food” vendors (fishmongers and pickle stands) in the basement. I’ve never seen another food market arranged like that!”

— Ever In Transit


“The final and most amazing destination was The Tasting Table, an inviting tasting cellar with walls filled with local wines. We entered down some stairs to find a beautifully set wine tasting table with flowers.”

— BuyWine.com


“Budapest isn’t exactly a mecca for gourmet foodies – and we can’t understand why. I know Hungarian cuisine doesn’t have the international appeal among gourmands as other cuisines, but it is delicious! The absolute highlight of our trip to Eastern Europe was a Budapest food tour.”

— Travel Addicts


“Taste Hungary – here’s what you book if you’re after curated food and wine experiences in Budapest and further afield. I had earmarked a couple – the dinner walk and a wine tasting – but time didn’t allow. An excuse to return.”

— Travel Addicts


“The Tasting Table in Budapest was where I tasted the old, special Tokaji wines. Gabor, the owner of the Tasting Table, arranged the tasting of seven Tokaji wines dating back to 1956, which were accompanied by charcuterie, cheeses and foie gras. The tasting was fantastic!”

— Pink Pangea


The Tasting Table was mentioned as one of the five top things to do in Budapest during the winter in this Dutch blog.

— Mooistestedentrips.nl


“Congratulations to Edgie business Taste Hungary (whose gorgeous website you should check out) for winning the Drinks Business 2014 Award for Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism. The founders of Taste Hungary are Carolyn and Gabor Bánfalvi, and we asked Carolyn about the makings of her success. Here’s what she had to say.”

— Edgeware: Creative Entrepreneaurship


“We had a great time with our private guide Dora, and learned so much about the city’s cuisine and history. Even Mr. Feather, who is ethically Hungarian and lived for years in Budapest, said that it was one of the most educational and fun activities we did on our trip.”

— Feather Factor


“5 Kinds of Meat in One Day with Taste Hungary!”

— Ali’s Adventure


A lovely re-cap (in Polish) of our Culinary Walk (even if read through google translate) by a Polish journalist.

— Bite Kozak


“For anyone visiting Hungary, there is also an amazing husband and wife team (Carolyn and Gábor Bánfalvi) that lead food and tours called Taste of Hungary which I highly recommend. Carolyn’s book and articles in Saveur, Food & Wine, and so on are also great.” (From an interview with Blue Danube’s Eric Danch)

— Serious Eats


“If you really love wine — not just its aromas, flavors or the buzz it gives — but the culture and traditions wine springs from and the people who make them, go to Tokaj. Walk its ancient vineyards and meet its modern interpreters. They wait for you with a glass extended. There is no better way to do this than through Taste Hungary run by a Gabor and Carolyn Bánfalvi.”

— Travel Curious Often


“The country has benefited from these foreign influences over centuries by adding or adapting ingredients, cooking methods and recipes to its culinary repertoire,” noted Carolyn Banfalvi, author of Food Wine Budapest.”

— More Time To Travel (Irene Levine)


“We have tackled a substantial amount of food, considering it’s just one of our half-dozen stops, and Barbara comments on our quiet table: “I hope that’s a good thing.” We nod our heads along with our tour companions Simon and Claire from London, as lunch, not conversation, is occupying our minds and mouths. We are basically eating for four hours and walking it off a bit in between, sort of one very long lunch.”

— Squeaky Whale—Traveling The World


“Last summer, we embarked on a two week tour of Central Europe, and Budapest was our first stop. With only 48 hours in the city and nothing solid on our itinerary, we figured the best way to explore was via local eats and drinks. Enter Taste Hungary, a four hour walking tour beginning in the world famous Central Hall market and ending in a local wine cellar.”

— The Lazy Travelers


“From tasty cheeses to delicious wines to sour cream galore, I truly enjoyed exploring the food scene in Budapest – and I left with a few favorites that I’m excited to recreate once I return home.”

— La Vida Laura


A re-cap (in Swedish) of our Culinary Walk.

— Come Fly With Me


A blog post summarizing a trip to Hungary by a group of #winelover’s, including our Culinary Walk.

— Jazzy Wine


“The market is unlike anything you will find in most American cities today, with our taste for large supermarkets filled to the brink of processed foods. Here, mom and pop venders sell their specialty – meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, fish, etc. – in that old time fashion where people take pride in their work and quality of their products.”

— The World of Anton


“With the Unicum taking the edge off and warming the seat of our pants we plunged into the crowd to wiggle our way to breakfast.”

— A Cook Not Mad


“The Bánfalvis started Taste Hungary in 2008. Four years later, their business is still growing. We sat down with Carolyn and Gábor to talk about food, wine and life in Budapest.”

— A Cook Not Mad


“The beauty of doing a foodie walk with a local expert the moment you arrive is that you can do one that covers local markets and specialty shops and get an introduction to the local produce and products, what to buy where, and what to do with what you’ve bought. If your guide is the author of the city’s culinary bible*, as Carolyn Bánfalvi of Taste Hungary is, then you can also pick her brain as to the best local eating and drinking spots.”

—Grantourismo


“Looking back upon the day, I can’t believe how much I learned.”

— La Carmina


“Really good value for money and the vast information we got over the four and a half hours was fantastic. Loved getting in touch with the culture and food in such detail, knowledge and tasting right at the beginning of the trip. Brilliant!!”

— Taste to Share


“Though we normally wander our way through a city rather than schedule a specific itinerary, we decided that with only forty eight hours in Budapest, we’d leave the planning up to the experts.”

— The Lazy Travelers


“The food tour in Budapest with Taste Hungary was one of the best parts of our 3 weeks away from Bali. Our guide was extremely informative and showed us some of the tastiest bites of traditional Hungarian food.”

— A Feast Afoot


“Three hours later, I couldn’t believe it myself – we’ve managed to eat everything in Hungary. What’s left? Well, since, we started with booze, we might as well end our lovely tour, appropriately, with wine!”

—GQ trippin


“On top of writing and raising a family, Carolyn and Gábor also run a highly rated food tour group called Taste Hungary. With some interesting choices of wine tours or culinary walking tours and now a new wine and sightseeing cruise these guys really have the bases covered and it was great to pick their brains over drinks.”

—A Cook Not Mad


“We may have set some kind of record for the number of culinary walking tours two travellers have done. We’ve experienced so many – all in the name of research of course – we thought it was time to share our list of favourite tours, the ones we think are the world’s best foodie walks.”

—Grantourismo


“For our last day in Hungary I had arranged a private trip out to the Eger wine region for Dayne, Brian, Anne and I thru Taste Hungary. Carolyn Bánfalvi, who is one of the founders, could not have been more helpful and arranged a very nice day trip for us, an especially tricky task as many of the wineries were still closed for the holidays and she herself was going to be out of town.”

—Luggage Tag


“Our group, relaxed by the five wines we tasted thus far, struck up delightful conversations and helped each other take group shots with the gorgeous Budapest skyline for their backdrop, everyone was truly enjoying their time on the Danube.”

—A Cook Not Mad


“We’re so excited by the idea that it’s possible to have a wine-tasting delivered to your door that Terence sets up a camera on a tripod in the corner to document the occasion, and I get ready to live-tweet the event on Twitter.”

—Grantourismo


“Discovering the local food specialities of a destination has always been one of our favorite aspects of travel. And if the destination is also known for its wine, all the better. When we visited Budapest in early May, we wanted to get an insider’s view of the local Hungarian food and wine scene. We booked a Culinary Walking Tour through Taste Hungary that promised to show us the food, wine and culture of Budapest.”

—Traveling with the Jones


“However, the food tour in Budapest with Taste Hungary was one of the best parts of our 3 weeks away from Bali. Our guide was extremely informative and showed us some of the tastiest bites of traditional Hungarian food.”

—Z and E Around The World


“So, is it worth the money? If you like food and it can in any way be reasonably fit into your budget, do it! It was one of the Top Highlights of my Trip.”

—World Flavor


“Hungary is known for fine pastries and we indulged in several at this elegant coffeeehouse. The delicious Esterhazy cake, a buttercream and sponge cake dessert named after a 19th century Hungarian prince, and the rich Dobosh Torte, a seven layer cake of chocolate buttercream named after Hungarian pastry chef in 1884, were 2 of the highlights.”

— One Girl’s Adventures


“If you are going to Hungary and have any interest in food and wine, I would highly suggest getting in touch with Carolyn and Gabor. We left with great experiences and suitcases full of wine that was either remarkably cheaper than what we could find in the US or so unique that it was the only place we could buy it! Highly recommended!”

—ChoosyNomad


“It has become clear to us that this is not a sprint it is a food marathon and the finish line is in sight just after our wine tasting … I didn’t just Taste Hungary I full out stuffed my face with all the tastes of Hungary and whole heatedly recommend that you sign up for your very own tour!”

—Heather’s Harmony


“The whole morning turned out to be a very tasty way to see Budapest and it was especially great to spend time with such a friendly, knowledgeable local like Gabor. In addition to the market tour, Gabor also leads wine tours and we would certainly sign up for them on future trips to Hungary.”

—Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish


“In Gabor’s capable hands, I followed his recommendation and ordered the foie gras entrée.”

—Taste Adventure, Travel


“I’m talking about the Etyek region of Hungary, a hilly town about 20 minutes from central Budapest. Here, dry white wines reign supreme, and I spent the day tasting them and a few of their red partners in crime with Gabor and Carolyn Banfalvi of Taste Hungary.”

—Culinary Hopscotch


“It was time for us to leave the Central Market Hall and explore the surrounding neighborhood, where we would have lunch at a local butcher, eat dessert at a nearby bakery, and then finish up our tour with a wine tasting.”

—The Dairy Free Traveler


“I must confess, we had already had good locally-produced wine in a couple other places during our stay in Budapest, but we still felt like we had just scratched the surface. We were eager to hear more from someone who knew the wines, and Gabor turned out to be very knowledgeable. Listening to him, it was obvious that Hungarian wine is a particular passion for him.”

—The Dairy Free Traveler


“I worked countless extra shifts this summer and fall, saving my pennies so I could experience the best these places had to offer. Highlights included the ballet in London and wonderful Indian food every night and standing under a full moon at the Eiffel Tower with the love of my life. However, my over the top day was a trip to the Hungarian Bee Museum and Agricultural Center and visit to a private beekeepers apiary in Godollo, just east of Budapest.”

—Sweetpea’s Bees and Other Musings


“We took a tour of several markets including the Central Market Hall with Carolyn Bánfalvi, a food and wine expert who wrote The Terroir Guide, Good Wine Budapest, my primary guide book to Budapest! Carolyn is an American, living in Hungary with her husband and two children. She arranged dinner reservations for us and took us on a day tour of the markets.”

—Sweetpea’s Bees and Other Musings


“Thanks to Carolyn at Taste Hungary for setting this up for us! If anyone is ever heading out to that neck of the woods, definitely let her set it up for you. The language is just too hard, and it’s too easy to have mis-steps like ours. When I followed her advice, we loved whatever we did. When I tried to go off-schedule, things were less successful. Thanks Carolyn!”

—Sundays in Sarajevo


“Carolyn gave us a guided tour of the market, explaining some Hungarian specialty foods, common ingredients, and some oddities of the food culture. We found pig snouts, duck livers, barrels of sauerkraut, and tons of paprika. The market is unlike anything we have seen in the US.”

—Number Theory in Budapest


“Carolyn was a great tour guide and full of information. We were up, down and all around the Hall looking at cases of fresh produce, including things that I really haven’t seen since I was a kid.”

—Travel Blog

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