The 26th Best of Budapest & Hungary Award Gala was held at Budapest's MOM Sport Center on April 6. The annual gala is one of the leading events on the Hungarian hospitality industry calendar. The apropos of the event is the ceremonial handing over of the Best of Budapest & Hungary Awards and Special Awards won by the worthy service providers.
Special guests, including Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Dávid Farkas, Deputy CEO for Tourism Strategy at the Hungarian Tourism Agency and Tamás Flesch, President of the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association greeted the 450 guests present at the event, representing Hungary’s and Budapest’s buzzing hospitality sector. Peter Freed, founder of the Best of Budapest & Hungary quality assurance system, alongside host of the evening, Zsófia Mautner and Réka Alíz Francisck, Editor-in-Chief of Best of Budapest & Hungary, congratulated the special award winners and those receiving special recognitions, in addition to the 'Best in Class' awardees.
During the night, guests enjoyed a lavish three-course gala dinner served by Corvina Party Service, and a midnight buffet by Gundel, The Kitchen Caters, SZEGA Market and Panificio il Basilico. The evening was complete with a selection of Hungarian wines that arrived from Bolyki Pincészet és Szőlőbirtok, Koch Borászat, Kovács Nimród Winery, Szent Tamás Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet, Villa Pátzay Birtok and Vylyan Szőlőbirtok és Picészet. Sparkling wine arrived from Törley Pezsgőpincészet and Zoltán Kertész, water from Römerquelle, and spirits from Agárdi Pálinkafőzde and Bottle Life. Heineken quenched guests' thirst with a wide selection of beer. Nespresso Business Solutions offered fine coffee creations and Ráchel Raj designed a gorgeous 26th anniversary cake. Following the award ceremony, Mónika Lázár & László Lakatos entertained guests along with the Garami Funky Staff featuring Mónika Veres, followed by a charity raffle to benefit the Magic Lamp Foundation. Sponsors and partners of the event were Accor Hotels Group, Albatros Party Service, Areus, Brill AudioVisual, Budapest Airport, City Taxi, Danubius Hotels Group, Duna Elektronika, FeelGood Agency, FirstMed, JTB Hungary, Mellow Mood Hotels, Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, Silka Fashion, Stan Ahuja, Terra Catering, the City of Budapest, The Three Corners and XO Foods.