41st National Táncház Festival & Fair • 1–3 April 2022
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Food and Hungarian Tradition: A history of beer. The culture of beer is so old that even the slaves that built the pyramids in Giza, Egypt were given 4 or 5 liters of beers daily. It is also important to know that long ago during Lent drinking beer was permitted; according to legend, during Lent one could apparantly drink as much beer as one liked. Early Hungarians drank a form of beer already during their nomadic period. There are historical records indicating that beer was brewed for the Pannonhalma Monastery in 1226. There are also records on beer brewing guilds that existed in Budapest in the late 1600s. This article concludes with some history of honey beers, citing Hungarian records from 1138, 1453, 1522, 1625. The tradition of making honey beer began to recede in the 19th 20th century when the honey beer makers switched over to making honey cakes. By Juhász Katalin.