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Weekend: Fill your belly at these cooking and eating competitions

See reenactment of famous Middle Earth battles, learn how to ride a skateboard. Here's what to do during the weekend of May 24-26.

By: sme.sk

  • May 24 2024
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Weekend: Fill your belly at these cooking and eating competitions
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Competitions all the way

The village of Terchová near Žilina, northern Slovakia will teem with the scent of halušky, Slovakia's famous potato dumplings smothered in sheep cheese and bacon. The traditional cooking and eating competition allows you to get the taste of the national meal if you haven't already in a beautiful region surrounded by mountains. Admission is €20 for adults, half price for seniors, children aged 6 to 18 and special needs. Click here for more details.

If northern Slovakia is too far away, the village of Viničné near Pezinok, Bratislava Region, will hold its own halušky cooking and eating competition on the very same day. Click here for more details.

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And if that isn't enough, several municipalities will hold a cauldron goulash cooking competition. These include Častá, Borovce and Buková in western Slovakia, Polomka on the foothills of the Low Tatras, and Lúčky in northern Slovakia.

If visiting any of the mentioned municipalities is not an option but still want to taste the delicacies, be sure to check out the blog of The Slovak Spectator's Naomi Hužovičová. There, you'll find recipes for both bryndzové halušky and goulash.

Open wine cellar day

In 20 towns and villages scattered across the Little Carpathian region, more than 100 wine cellars will be open on Friday and Saturday between 14:00 (12:00 on the latter day) and 21:00 on the occasion of May 25 being the namesday for Urban, as St Urban of Langres is patron saint of vine-dressers, as they helped hide him from persecutors. Both days will give you the opportunity to taste wine that is earning more and more awards abroad. Admission for the 17th edition of the event is €50, included in the price is also a €25 bonus for buying individual bottles of wine. Tickets, map and more can be found here.

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Honouring Tolkien

Over the course of two days, Beckov Castle near Nové Mesto nad Váhom, western Slovakia, will play host to events in honour of famous writer and linguist J. R. R. Tolkien and his work. In addition to readings from the Lord of the Rings series, you can expect a reenactment of famous Middle Earth battles, thematic competitions, games and more. Find out more here.

Skatepark opening

After many years, Bratislava finally has a skatepark worthy of the capital. On Saturday, one of the biggest skateparks in Slovakia will open. Located near the Sad Janka Kráľa park (Janko Kráľ City Park) under the Most SNP bridge on the Danube riverbank, this special event invites all manners of wheels, whether they are attached to a board, skates, BMX bikes or even strollers if you are daring - after all, it is for a community. For those interested, you can expect a best trick competition, workshops, screenings of films including one on skateboarding in Ethiopia and more. In addition, the Cvičko Most SNP outdoor gym will be reopened after undergoing reconstruction. Learn more here.

What being a first responder entails

A great Saturday is in store for everyone who admires the work of firefighters, police, paramedics, mounted police, canine specialists, and Red Cross workers. They will join forces to prepare both an entertaining as well as educational programme. The event will take place on Saturday at the Centro Nitra Shopping Centre between 15:00 and 18:00. Click here for more details.

Knight festival

The Červený Kameň castle near the town of Modra, Bratislava Region, will play host to the Rotenstein knight festival on Saturday and Sunday. Set between the 14th and 16th century, the event will take you back to the time of ruthless fights as well as carefree court revelries, allowing you to meet knights and noblewomen, witness a jousting competition and more. Click here for more details.


May 31-June 2: The weekend of open parks and gardens


WHAT TO DO FOR FREE: Are you looking for an animal companion? Be sure to be at the Sad Janka Kráľa park in Bratislava this Saturday.

WHAT TO EXPLORE IN BRATISLAVA: Create an unusual moss decoration for your home, see historical cars in action, and witness a fashion ballet in this week's edition of the Top 10 events.

WHAT TO LEARN: Despite surviving the war, this hotel did not escape the clutches of communism.

WHAT TO READ: First, he read Harry Potter in Slovak. Now, an American imports Slovak books to US.

That's it for this week. Take care, and have a nice weekend!


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