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Budapest market says 'Buy Hungarian'

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:29

A Christmas market with a patriotic twist: Budapest stallholders are attracting visitors from around the world - with goods only made at home in Hungary. Hayley Platt reports.

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You won't find anything here made in nearby Germany, Italy or even China. This is Budapest's Christmas market. And everything is made in Hungary. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) ARTISAN, ZOLTAN PERJESI, SAYING: "The Budapest Fair insists on only allowing Hungarian handmade products, because we think it will ensure the highest of standards. And we believe this is why most Hungarians and visitors come here." But entry isn't guaranteed. Artizans have to meet strict quality standards, approved by the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists. This year, the fair opened even earlier - at the end of November. And it won't close until the first week of January. Istvan and his wife travelled from a small village in Hungary with their special 'Manka' brand of goods. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) CO-OWNER OF "MANKA", ISTVAN KULCSAR, SAYING: "Business is going well, people like what we do. My wife and I make everything ourselves."You won't find anything made in China here. This is Budapest's Christmas market. And everything is made in Hungary. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) ARTISAN, ZOLTAN PERJESI, SAYING: "The Budapest Fair insists on only allowing Hungarian handmade products, because we think it will ensure the highest of standards. It is very important that we sell unique artisan products because we believe this is why most Hungarians and visitors come here." But entry isn't guaranteed. Artizans have to meet strict quality standards, approved by the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists. This year, the fair opened even earlier - at the end of November. And it won't close until the first week of January. Istvan and his wife travelled from a small village in Hungary with their special 'Manka' brand of goods. (SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) CO-OWNER OF "MANKA", ISTVAN KULCSAR, SAYING: "Business is going well, people like what we do. My wife and I make everything ourselves." Visitors hoping to find something authentic - won't be disappointed. There are over 120 stalls with goods ranging from ceramics to jewellery, wooden artefacts and gourmet food. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST, CONNIE BLAIR, SAYING: "This is the best Christmas market that we've seen yet, especially the high quality of the handicrafts that are on display." (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURISTS BRATT AND LINSEY, SAYING: "It's original, everything here. Everything at the other ones we saw were all the same thing, here it's all original, beautiful handcrafts, the food is amazing, we really enjoyed that." There is a price to pay though to 'Buy Hungarian'. Handmade gifts are usually more expensive. And that's put off some locals. Visitors hoping to find something authentic - won't be disappointed. There are over 120 stalls with goods ranging from ceramics to jewellery, wooden artefacts and gourmet food. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST, CONNIE BLAIR, SAYING: "This is the best Christmas market that we've seen yet, especially the high quality of the handicrafts that are on display." (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURISTS BRATT AND LINSEY, SAYING: "It's original, everything here. Everything at the other ones we saw were all the same thing, here it's all original, beautiful handcrafts, the food is amazing, we really enjoyed that." There is a price to pay though to 'Buy Hungarian'. Handmade gifts are usually more expensive - putting off some locals. But there are plenty of tourists that think it's worth the trip.

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Budapest market says 'Buy Hungarian'

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:29