Petrovac Jazz Festival in Montenegro

Mention Montenegro to someone on the street and their likely response will involve a comment about James Bond and Daniel Craig.  However, in the music world, Petrovac in Montenegro’s Budva municipality is renowned for its Jazz Fest which attracts local and international artists alike.  Concerts, workshops and participation events attract a lively crowd year after year.  This year the festival will take place between the 31st of August and the 3rd of September.  Acts will include: Eyot, Gerd Schuller “Key Trio”, Aga Zaryan Trio, Cirkusz-KA, Balkan Jazz Collective, Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik and Filip Gavranovic Duo.

To find out more information visit www.petrovacjazzfestival.tripod.com

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Get Ready for the Stew Competition at SzeptEmber Feszt

SzeptEmber FesztThose who have visited the SzeptEmber Feszt before know that it offers an uninterrupted flow of cultural and gastronomic events for three days on end, with a pinch of novelty added to the programme each year.  One emblematic programme of the festival is the Stew Making Competition. Besides the competing teams, mayors (on Saturday) and Members of Parliament (on Sunday) will also demonstrate their cooking skills.

Those not participating in the competition can taste stew at the Stew Show. The show will be held in Stew Square, where restaurant chefs will be offering over 30 truly special stews to those interested and hungry. Sample portions of 0.2 litres will be served at prices from HUF 300.

A foretaste of stews to come:

Wild Boar Stew with Prunes
Fairy Ring Mushroom Stew with Blueberries for Vegetarians
Kangaroo Stew with Raspberry Essence
Crayfish Stew Zala Style
Crocodile Stew
Emu Stew
Buffalo Stew with Bolete
Beef Cheek Stew with Tripe
Cock Stew with the Pride and Fame of Little Rooster
Dudum Stew Cooked with Dumplings
Frog Stew Soroksár Style
Sturgeon Stew

For three days Feszt-goers will be entertained by more than a hundred performers playing on four stages. There will be pop, rock, jazz, and country concerts.  While the adults are enjoying good food and modern culture the children will not be bored either. They can do crafts, make clay movies, and play various interactive games.  Families will find it easy to stay for the whole day as the Feszt will have baby feeding and changing rooms, as well as a child supervision facility.

Come to Népliget at the first weekend of this September. Don’t miss this year’s SzeptEmber Feszt!

www.szeptemberfeszt.hu

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Spend September in Slovakia: Bargains from Mountain Paradise & Kempinski

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Lobby

Mountain Paradise is offering four nights accommodation for the price of three, saving £150 per person, plus a buy one spa treatment and get another free offer worth an additional £50 at the newly opened five star Grand Hotel Kempinski in Slovakia’s picturesque High Tatra Mountains.

The deal is valid for travel on the following departure dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 September with a four night break costing just £699 per person, including the discount, return flights to Slovakia from Bristol, London Luton, London Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle or Manchester, airport transfers and accommodation in a deluxe double room with breakfast. Mountain Paradise can also organise cultural, walking and activity day trips for those wanting to explore the region.

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Spa

The Grand Hotel Kempinski, boasts 98 luxurious rooms and overlooks a stunning alpine lake in the mountain resort of Strbske Pleso, providing the perfect location for a relaxing break. Facilities include a superb all day dining restaurant featuring mouth-watering international cuisine and local specialities, two bars and a 1,300 sqm Wellness Centre & Spa offering an indoor pools, steam bath, various saunas, beauty and facial treatments and fully equipped fitness centre.

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Bedroom

Despite being in the Euro zone, Slovakia represents excellent value for money with a pint of beer, a vodka, soft drink or large sandwich costing only €1, a main course in a restaurant around €3 and an ice cream just  €0.50.

To find out more visit www.mountainparadise.co.uk/summer or telephone 01614 088988

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Omega Mission Hills World Cup European Qualifier

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Hole 13

The Estonian Golf & Country Club will have the honour of hosting the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup European Qualifier from September 24 – 27.  Two-man teams from around the globe are expected to battle it out for the three qualifying spots available and the chance to take part in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at Mission Hills, China from November 26 – 29.

The PGA European Tour will have responsibility for overseeing the European qualifying tournament and will work closely with the both staff and members of the Estonian Golf & Country Club to deliver a memorable Estonian experience for competing players.

Estonian Golf & Country Club, which opened in 2005, is one of the finest golf courses in Eastern Europe and one of only eight European Tour courses in Europe.  Locals say that when God created the coastal land of the Estonian Golf & Country Club, he must have intended it to be a golf course, as it winds its way so harmoniously along the Baltic Coast and the Jägala River delta.  The club boasts not only the beautiful 18-hole Sea Course with its spectacular sea views and signature par four 13th, but also the historic nine-hole Stone Course, which meanders through impressive rock formations and gigantic stones from the ice age.  Situated just half-an-hour from the centre of Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, and only a 15-minute drive from Tallinn International Airport, the club is ideally situated and can be accessed easily from all major cities in Europe.

Hole 3
Hole 3

The format for the first and third rounds of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup European qualifier will be fourball (betterball), with foursomes (alternate shot) to be used in the second and final rounds.  The Official World Golf Rankings will determine the first 18 nations to qualify for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup itself and the European qualifier will join the Asian and South American qualifiers to determine the balance of the field. The leading three teams from each qualifier will earn a place in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

The Omega Mission Hills World Cup was first played in 1953 as the Canada Cup. The event is set to continue through to 2018, and most probably beyond, at Mission Hills, following the signing of an agreement in 2007 which brought the prestige watch manufacturer Omega together with the club which introduced the game of golf to China, by first hosting the World Cup in 1995.

John Jay Hopkins, the noted Canadian industrialist, brought to reality a dream that golf could promote goodwill between nations with the inaugural World Cup played in Montreal in 1953, then called the Canada Cup and re-titled the World Cup in 1967.

For further information on the Estonian Golf & Country Club visit www.egcc.ee

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Budapest International Wine Festival

budapest-flatHungary has a growing reputation for producing excellent wines and the annual Budapest International Wine Festival in September gives wine lovers the perfect opportunity for tasting some of them, whilst enjoying the stunning backdrop of the Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Wine Festival takes place from 9-13 September on the terraces of Buda Castle, overlooking the Pest side of city and it’s wonderfully lively time to visit one of the world’s most picturesque capital cities. The five day festival opens at 2pm on the 9th & 10th, 12pm on 11th and from 10am on 12th and 13th and is open until 11pm everyday – so there is plenty of time to sample as many wines as possible over a weekend stay.

Around 170 Hungarian wineries will exhibit as well as a few other wine producing countries and it’s a great opportunity to learn about the wines, as well as enjoy traditional food and festivities. Gastronomy is a huge part of the festival and there are plenty of Hungarian delicacies that can be tried including scones baked on site, many varieties of cheese and grilled meats.

There will be around 1,000 wines to sample, as well as a grape wine auction, grape harvest procession, plus cultural programmes including many musical concerts. On the Saturday there is a Harvest Parade starting at 1pm, with around 800 representatives from the various wine regions dressed in folk costumes and ending with a lovely show on the festival stage.

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