1st Atlanta Hungarian Festival Draws More than 350 to Agnes Scott College

1st Atlanta Hungarian Festival Draws More than 350 to Agnes Scott College
September 2013 - The local Hungarian American community came out in droves to attend the first-ever Atlanta Hungarian Festival on September 22, 2013. More than 350 people attended the Festival, held at Agnes Scott College (ASC) from 1-4 PM. Participants were treated to performances by the Eletfa Folk Music Group, traditional Hungarian folk dancers who demonstrated dances and lead dance house teaching sessions, Hungarian food and wine, old-style wooden board games and cultural and historic exhibits.

Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, President of ASC, herself a proud Hungarian American, kicked off the festivities by proclaiming that "I am proud to say that this is the first but will not be the last Atlanta Hungarian Festival to be held at Agnes Scott College!"

Honorary Consul John Parkerson and several leaders of Hungarian American organizations from across the South were also in attendance, as the Festival was held at the conclusion of the Southern Hungarian Americans Together (HATOG) Conference. Andrea Lauer Rice, HCGA Founder, was the lead organizer for the HATOG conference.

Nine Hungarian interns, sponsored by the Hungarian government through the Korosi Csoma Sandor Internship Program, also worked at the Festival. This was their last stop at the conclusion of their 6-month internship program working with organizations throughout the Hungarian American community.  

In addition to traditional Hungarian crafts and festival shirts, the Haralson County Historical Society which oversees care of the Budapest, GA cemetery, was selling Southern Hungarian cookbooks. This small cemetery, one hour from Atlanta, is a rich piece of local Hungarian American history. For more information, check out the link on our site.

The Festival was sponsored by: the Hungarian American Coalition, The Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Lauer Learning, Atlanta Hungarian Meetup, Hungarian Club of Georgia, Hemispheres Global Wines, Imworld Services, Inc., Agnes Scott College International Student Association and Magyar Marketing.

Duna World Television created a 5-minute report about the Festival which is available on this site.

Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Atlanta Hungarian festival to be held next year. If you are interested in receiving information about the exciting plans, sign up to get updates!

updated: 5 years ago