The Beer Festival and Knuckle Parade in Békéscsaba may not have a long tradition, but it is a popular attraction in Hungary, nevertheless. Békéscsaba lies along the southeastern border of Hungary, about 200 kilometers from Budapest. It is one of the most scenic cities in Hungary, an oasis of green, with lush parks, beautiful promenades, and noteworthy architecture. The Beer Festival and Knuckle Parade in Csaba will take place 9 to 13 June, 2011.
The festival has been organized since 2001, as an opportunity for local breweries to showcase their latest beers, as well as to sell their most popular brands. Since 2001, the Beer Festival and Knuckle Parade in Csaba is one of the main touristic attractions in the region. Aside excellent Hungarian beers, visitors have the chance to sample traditional cuisine, and see cooking demonstrations by master chefs from the Gastronomic Team in Békés County, who will be preparing knuckle stew and knuckle dishes over an open fire.
The festival opens with the parachuting of the first beer-barrel. The contents of this traditional barrel are then distributed, free of charge, to as many visitors as possible. There are more than 30 types of beer participating this year, and more importantly, visitors will learn about the knuckle that matches beer well. At the most popular Beer Festival and the only Knuckle Parade of Hungary the lovers of the “liquid bread” can consume beer from 1-liter mugs in compliance with the traditions.
The festival features live entertainment every day, with The Kamut Folk Song Band and Dance Group, The Doboz Folk Song Band, and more modern performers such as the Hooligans, Abrakazabra, DeJaVu, Edda, and many others. You can access the full programme on the official website of the festival.
All images featured in this post can be seen on the original Beer Festival and Knuckle Parade in Csaba website.