The 25th Best of Budapest & Hungary Award Gala was held at the Budapest Congress Center on April 14.
The annual gala is one of the leading events on the hospitality industry calendar. Special guests, including Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Deputy Mayor of Budapest and Péter Princzinger, President of the Board of Directors of the Hungarian Tourism Association’s Foundation, and Tamás Flesch, Vice President of the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, congratulated the winners alongside Peter Freed, founder of the Best of Budapest & Hungary quality assurance system. On behalf of the venue, Luc Gesvret, CEO of AccorHotels Hungary greeted the 450 guests present at the event, representing Hungary’s and Budapest’s buzzing hospitality sector.
Guests enjoyed a lavish four-course dinner and a midnight buffet by The Kitchen Caters, Marriott Catering, Panificio il Basilico and Sushi Sei. The evening was complete with a selection of Hungarian and Italian wines that arrived from Bocelli Family Wines, Bolyki Pincészet és Szőlőbirtok, Disznókő Pincészet, Figula Pincészet, Koch Borászat, Kovács Nimród Winery, Szent Tamás Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet, Veritas Borkereskedés, Villa Pátzay Birtok and Vinificando Ltd. Sparkling wine arrived from Törley Pezsgőpincészet, and spirits from Agárdi Pálinkafőzde and Schiszler pálinka. Zwack’s precious Unicum Riserva was also available while Heineken quenched guests' thirst with IPA and sour cherry beer. Nespresso Business Solutions offered fine coffee creations and Ráchel Raj designed a gorgeous 25th anniversary cake. Hosts of the evening, Anna Nemes and Tibor Korvin entertained guests along with the Arial Led Roap Show, followed by a charity raffle to benefit the Magic Lamp Foundation. The gala ended with a concert by Hungarian rock-and-roll icon Charlie and his band. Sponsors of the event were Albatros Party Service, Avis Hungary, Budapest Airport, City Taxi, Duna Elektronika, Eventrend, iSTLYE, JTB Hungary, Mellow Mood Hotels, Moni’s, Pauker, Silka Fashion, Seat and Stan Ahuja.