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Chimney Cake Fest 2016
Due to the success of past years’ Chimney Cake Festivals, organizers will present the festival’s 4th edition this year on October 7-9. The Vajdahunyad castle in the City Park will serve as the fest's venue.
Best of Budapest online | October 7, 2016
The goal of the festival has remained unchanged since its foundation: organizers aim to raise the popularity of the chimney cake, presenting its original, traditional method of preparation, thus, preserve Hungarian customs. Chimney cakes will be prepared over charcoal, in an endless variety of tastes and sizes, including ’healthy choices’ such as gluten and lactose free versions. In addition to the irresistible smell and taste of the chimney cake, the festival offers cultural programs with famous Hungarian performers on stage including the Margaret Island ensemble, Andi and Vera Tóth, and Bea Palya. For more info, click here.


-    In 2015, the Hungaricum Commission has declared the Chimney Cake as a Hungaricum.

-    Chimney cake, which also has a Traditions-Flavors-Regions trademark, is a special product with an absolutely unique method of preparation and production. It got its name from its shape, which resembles a chimneystack. The dough is cut into long strips, which are then rolled around an oiled, thick wooden spit and often dipped in various flavorings (traditionally cinnamon and sugar) and then baked over charcoal while the spit is turned by hand.

-    The first recorded recipe was included in a Transylvanian cook book published in 1784 by Lady Mária Mikes of Zabola. By the end of the 18th century, the pastry had become popular throughout all Hungarian language territories and had become an important element of both folk and city cuisine. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the recipe was included in several famous Hungarian cook books, and in the early 20th century people began coating the exterior with crushed walnuts and sugar. Transdanubian terms for it include “roll on a stick”, “truncheon bun” and “cudgel cake”, while in the eastern part of the country people usually call it chimney cake, chimney bun, “chimney dunker” or just a “chimney”.

-    Chimney cake set out on its journey of world conquest in the 90’s and can now be found in many countries

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