Iowa, eat your heart out.
Since about 2005, Gadany, Somogy’s hidden woodland farming village, has been the site of an annual corn dish festival. Featuring a competition where cooks prepare their best corn-related dishes on site, the ancient village plans a day of festivities that begins with a holy mass (the village is very Catholic), and moves on eventually to a concert featuring local cultural groups, an ABBA impressionist, an operetta troupe, some karaoke (cringe), a local professional singer, and finally fireworks.
As you can imagine, it’s an excellent time to come down and view farming property. (Set your GPS to: 46°31’18.00″N, 17°23’18.00″E.)
The program for the festival includes the following activities, all taking place on Sunday, July 22:
8:00 Arrival of competitors, registration. Food preparation begins.
8:30 Festival mass at St. John the Baptist Church
9:00 Folk fair (including bouncy castle for the kids) opens.
10:30 The Seventh Annual Corn Dish Festival opening ceremony. Includes greetings by Janos Osz, mayor, and opening speech by Attila Gelencser, parliament representative for Somogy county
12:00 Judging begins
12:00 – 14:00 Social gathering for visitors held by the residents of the village
14:00 Announcement of results and awards
14:30 Opening Ceremonies: Janos Osz, mayor, and Laszlo Szaszfalvi, member of the national parliament. Outstanding student award presentation.
15:00 Cultural concert at the outdoor theater. List of performers:
- Mesztegnyo kindergarten choir
- Bajtarsi Egyesulet (Fraternal Association) Marcali
- Tapsony women’s choir
- Mesztegnyo village children’s folk dance group
- Csomend Seniors Club
- Osztopan Seniors Club
18:00 Retro ABBA hits by Gabriella Osz
20:00 Megarox operetta troupe from Kaposvar – musical compilation
21:00 Performance by David
Naturally, everyone in the village hopes you can stop in.