20 of August is the greatest national holiday for the Hungarians, celebrated with day-long festivities followed by spectacular fireworks throughout the country. On that beautiful end of summer’s day people commemorate the foundation of the Hungarian state, -it’s like Hungary’s 4th of July- and also calls as St. Stephen’s Day, remembering Stephen I, the first king of Hungary and founder of the Kingdom of Hungary, who was canonized on August 20th, 1083 by Pope Gregory VII. St. Stephen’s Day also marks the festival of the new bread, celebrated in cities and towns across the country. Traditionally, the first bread from the new harvest is baked on this day
Festivities start in the morning with the raising of the Hungarian flag and go on all day long, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over the Danube river.
There is also a cake cutting ceremony as well, as it has become since 2007 a tradition to select an official cake for Hungary on August 20th. Visitors to the ‘Street of Hungarian Flavors’ on the Danube embankment can enjoy a slice. Celebrations continue with many other programs such as street festival of the Hungarian flavors, open-air concerts, high mass, procession of St Stephen’s holy right hand.
Cake of the country competition
Since 2007 in August, every confectioner of the country challenges themselves against each other. As the leading sportsmen/women they prepare and practice too, to win the title “The cake of Hungary”. The National Trade-Corporation of the Hungarian Confectioners called for tender the “Cake of Hungary” first in 2007. Every confectioner in the country can make a cake, which reflects to the Hungarian relish, judged by a jury, containing confectionary masters. The trade-corporation that calls the tender tries to side with a social group, or to reflect to a social problem. In 2010, the country’s 1000 pieced cake given to flood-stricken children, in 2012, the first “Sugar-free cake of Hungary” tender was born.
The list of the winner cakes
In 2007 – the Floating Island cake, in 2008 – the Plum cake from Szatmár, in 2009 – the Cherry cake from Pánd, in 2010 – the Plum dumpling cake, in 2011 – the Millet cake with peach from Kecskemét, in 2012 – the Poppy cake with apple from Szabolcs, in 2013 the Brittle cake with honey from Milota , in 2014 the Revolution cake of Somló, in 2015 the Apricot brandy caramel cream cake from Pannonhalma.