Public Policy Students Win Prize at Village Festival

February 14, 2017

Professor Andrew Cartwright took a group of his students to Etyek in late January to participate in Picnic Flavours of Winter on Gasztrosétány. “I took them because it was a chance to see a village in action,” explained Cartwright, who teaches a two-credit elective at SPP on Rural Development Policy. “Many Hungarian villagers have festival days but this one is particularly well organized and not too far from Budapest.” The primary purpose of these events is to give local producers a chance to showcase and sell their wines. There are also food stalls, craft markets, and a mulled wine making contest.

Second-year MPA student Gaspar Garcia Huidobro Rodriguez was a member of the student team that decided to enter the wine making contest. “Our mulled wine recipe was a "fusion cuisine" preparation,” explained Rodriguez. “We all contributed ideas. It was very much a reflection of the international spirit of CEU.” The judges were sufficiently impressed to award them first prize!

“This was a great experience for everyone,” said Cartwright. “The judges were very intrigued as to how the students got to come to their village in the first place. There were lots of nice words about friendship and good cooking.” Rodriguez commented that he especially appreciated the opportunity to “see” rural development.  “There is this idea that rural life is only agriculture, which is of course not the case.  There are many villages nowadays that organize different types of festivals like this to foster tourism and also diversify their sources of income.”