Ohio’s largest Hungarian festival returned on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 5, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the German Central Park, 7863 York Rd., in Parma, Ohio.
Festivities included delicious food, live musical entertainment, colorful authentic folk costumes, folk dance lessons and more. This was the 65th annual Hungarian Festival, presented by the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting,
Ohio’s largest Hungarian festival began with a flag raising ceremony followed at 11 a.m. with Catholic and Protestant church services in Hungarian. The kitchens opened at noon and served Hungarian delicaciessuch as stuffed cabbage, fresh sausages, grilled pork steak, chicken paprikas with dumplings, jam filled crepes, and "lángos" (fried dough). The Café Budapest featured scrumptious tortes, pastries, and espresso coffee. Strudel and fresh baked bread were also on the menu.
CSBK President Mike Horvath wrote, "For the 65th time, the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting (AHFS) organized Ohio’s largest Hungarian festival on Sunday, September 5th. Perhaps, because it was missed last year due to the pandemic, a huge crowd descended on the festival at the German Central Park to eat, drink, and have fun. The lines snaked around in front of the counters serving Hungarian delicacies and fresh baked goods. The numbers speak for themselves:
- 2,800 participants
- nearly 1600 fried dough, elephant ears
- 500+ grilled pork steaks
- 1500 pieces of stuffed cabbage rolls
- nearly 500 pounds of chicken paprikash
- nearly 500 pieces of debreceni sausage
- 225 pounds of fresh grilled sausage
- 26 barrels of beer
- 18 gallons of ice cream
- 650 crepes
- 750+ slices of dobos and walnut cake
- 650 napoleons
- 26 strips of strudel
- 600 bacon biscuits
The Cleveland Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble and members of the scout troops provided Hungarian dance lessons in addition to the impromptu short folk dance performances throughout the day.
Musical entertainment was provided live all afternoon by local talent Walt Mahovlich and Harmonia and from Chicago Alex Udvary and his band. The Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble and members of the scout troops performed in their colorful authentic folk costumes throughout the day along with other guest dancers.
There were free Hungarian folk dance lessons for all ages as well as a live animal show, free kids’ activities, a book fair, folk art, and crafts, souvenirs and novelty items for sale.
All proceeds benefit and support the activities of the nearly 250 Hungarian boy and girl scouts in Northeast Ohio. The festival is supported by a generous grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Bethlen Gabor Foundation in Hungary. Visit the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting for more information and pictures.
Here are some images from the Hungarian Scout Festival courtesy of Mike Horvath.
Visit the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting for more information and pictures.
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