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XXI. Bajai Halfőző Fesztivál

Baja nemzetközileg is ismert, a rekordok könyve által is jegyzett halfőző fesztiválja egy valódi fieszta: a halászlé és a barátság dicsérete július második szombatján. Az egész 1996-ban kezdődött, akkor a várossá nyilvánítás 300. évfordulójára 300 helyett végül több mint 400 bográcsban főztek egyszerre halászlevet. 2000-ben már kétezer bogrács sorakozott a belvárosban, s a lelkesedés azóta sem csökkent, évről-évre megközelítőleg kétezer helyi és vidéki főző vendégeli meg barátait ízletes halászlevével. A fesztivál napjainkra négynapos programsorozattá nőtte ki magát, de a főzés napja továbbra is a szombat. Idén már tizenhatodszor.

Baja is one of the most characteristic Hungarian towns on the banks of river Danube. The life of the small town built on the banks of the river and its tributary Sugovica has always been determined by the presence of water, and as a tourist centre, it is an attractive domestic and foreign tourist destination. It's natural surroundings and architectural highlights result in the unique atmosphere of the town, home to nearly forty thousand people. Due to its climate, the vicinity of the rivers, the lovely main square and the friendly nature of the inhabitants, this small town in the Bácska region welcomes guests with a Mediterranean atmosphere. Baja is known as the capital town of fish soup, where this local speciality is celebrated with a fabulous festival every July. It all began in 1996, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the town status of Baja, when instead of cooking in 300 kettles finally 400 kettles of fish soup were prepared. In 2000, two thousand kettles lined up in the town centre and the ardour has not diminished since then; approximately two thousand cooks (local and non-local alike) entertain their guests with the delicious soup. To date, the festival has evolved into a four-day series of events but the highlight, the cooking is still held on Saturday.

Within Hungary, the highest amount of fish is consumed here. It might sound peculiar for anyone from afar that a celebration (or even ordinary days) can not be imagined without the fishs oup. This riverside town has beecome world-renowned for the special dish made of freshwater fish, onions, ground red pepper, cherry-pepper and water, accompanied by so-called “matchstick noodles”.

Actually, the recipe is mighty simple, it is still made in the same way as it was invented by the ancestors, by the water-millers of Baja. However, it is worth to pay attention to the proportions and to make sure that the fire is constantly burning during cooking.