The Grand Ballroom of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest was once again the venue for the 17th Annual Budapest Burns Supper on 25 January 2014.
More than 280 guests filled the ballroom for an evening that was packed with entertainment, fine food, fine wines, and of course, fine whiskies.
The great mix of corporate tables and groups of friends were able to enjoy live pipe band music featuring world champion musicians, the traditional Address to the Haggis by Rab Tait, lead piper, a hip-hop performance by children representing the 2nd Department of Paediatrics in Tűzoltó utca, and a Scottish country dancing display.
The chef at the Corinthia Hotel put together a superb menu including haggis flown in fresh from Inverness, Scotland, and cheese sourced by I.J. Mellis in Edinburgh. The veal with foie gras and scallops was a particular favourite!
A night of Scottish culture and entertainment would not be complete without suitable refreshments, and we were fortunate to enjoy the ongoing support of Heineken, Johnnie Walker, Glenfarclas, and WhiskyNet, who manned the whisky-tasting bar again with a selection of malts from all round Scotland, while Vargabor and Hangácsi és Fia provided top-quality wines to accompany the meal.
One highlight of the evening was Julie Greer, a Scottish singer, who sang two beautiful songs by Robert Burns acapella for the guests, while it was an honour for the Robert Burns International Foundation to have Mrs Ferenc Puskás as a guest, and she presented a replica of the Puskás Ferenc – Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy to the RBIF’s Sponsor of the Year, the Corinthia Hotel, represented by General Manager Thomas Fischer. The actual trophy, currently on display at the Hungarian Embassy in London, will be presented by the RBIF’s Honorary President Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, Manchester on 9 February 2014.
The raffle prizes (first prize: two tickets with Turkish Airlines anywhere in the world) and the auction items were very popular, raising over 5 million HUF on the night, a fantastic achievement, and this money will be used over the year to sponsor the projects designated by the Foundation.
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