Until Christmas, find interviews of national associations that are part of Euro Foie Gras. Today, we interviewed Attila Csorbai, Director of the Hungarian Poultry Product Board (BTT)
Hungarian foie gras is recognised as “Hungarikum”. What does it mean exactly?
The term comes from the combination of the words "Hungary" and "unicum" (unique). On 2 April 2012, the Hungarian government adopted a law on Hungarian national values and the apellation “Hungarikum”. This apellation designates and promotes cultural and gastronomic assets that make Hungary's pride throughout the world, including the Hungarian foie gras, which is deeply part of the gastronomic heritage of the country.
On the occasion of St. Martin’s day, has the goose festival experienced its usual success?
St. Martin's Day is usually the national holiday of the German-speaking population. Traditionally, this is the period when new wines and goose are consumed. Festivals and product promotion programs held previously made no distinction between lean goose and fattened goose. In the past, the Hungarian Poultry Council organized such promotions, but in recent years, a simple press release on the subject has been quite sufficient, knowing that St. Martin's Day "sells itself". There is a saying on this day: "If you do not eat goose on St. Martin's Day, you'll be hungry all year round".
Are you expecting this dynamic to go on until the Christmas period?
As mentioned, St. Martin’s Day doesn’t increase foie gras consumption in particular, but waterfowl consumption in general. Every year, we hope that the peak of consumption of this day will go on until Christmas. At the same time, it is rather a characteristic feature in Hungary that we eat goose at St. Martin’s Day and at Christmas. On December 24 and 25, people prepare something special (other than during weekdays). At that particular time, a variety of meat compete with each other: goose/duck meat, fish, game-meat.> Back to the frontpage