Weekend: One of the best pralines comes from Slovakia

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Slovak praline named one of the world’s best

Chocolatier Zuzana Varga’s passion fruit bonbons have been awarded three stars at the Great Taste Awards 2022, becoming one the most delicious pralines in the world.

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Her sour cherry-chocolate ganache bonbons received two stars, just like her chocolate bars with nougat filling. The chocolate spread Zsutella gained a 1-star accolade.

Great Taste, sometimes referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, brings together several hundreds of chefs, food writers and other experts to test thousands of food products every year, but only a few hundreds receive one, two or three stars.

Last year, the Slovak Hungarian was awarded one star for her Zsutella for the first time. Her blackcurrant bonbons obtained two stars.

Varga’s company and store, Zax, is based in Komárno, a town by the Danube located just a few metres away from the Hungarian border.

  • Restaurant: Vapiano, a German restaurant franchise firm offering Italian food, should open its first restaurant in Slovakia next Friday, September 30. According to the Startitup website, the restaurant will be located in Bratislava’s shopping mall Nivy.

Fashion of the past that continues to wow

The Western Slovakian Museum in Trnava has opened a new exhibition, ‘The Beauty of Folk Clothing’, to showcase the tradition of lace making in western Slovakia.

Men’s and women’s costumes are presented. Their decorativeness is rich not only in embroidery, but also in lace. Lace making is not a technique unique to Slovakia. However, lace making with five archaic bobbins rounded on one end, known as ‘babky’ in Slovak, is.

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The way of this specific lace making was documented only in several villages of western Slovakia, such as Krakovany and Trebatice.

The costumes are on display until January 15.

  • Interior design: At the Vtedy Museum in the Jabloň Gallery in Prievidza, a faithful copy of a Czechoslovak flat from the seventies can be seen anew by visitors.


Mall: The shopping mall Nivy in Bratislava celebrates its first birthday. Concerts and competitions will be held throughout this weekend in the mall. A farmers’ market and wine and exotic fruit tasting will also take place at the mall’s market.

Market: Dobrý Trh (Good Market) will be held on September 24 on Jakubovo Square, Panenská Street and the Old Market Hall.

Classical music: Bratislava Music Festival, a festival of classical music, starts on Friday, September 23. The event will run until early October.

Foreigners: The [fjúžn] festival, which brings the stories of foreigners in Slovakia to the fore, runs until September 25.

For more events that will take place in the coming days, check out the latest Top 10 events in Bratislava for foreigners.

Other developments from this week

  • Meteorite: In June, a meteor was spotted in southwestern Slovakia. Pieces of the meteorite are expected to be found in and near Pusté Uľany, Trnava Region, Comenius University scientists have said. The first piece, weighing 8.6 g, has been found by Mateusz Żmija, an astronomy enthusiast from Poland. Scientists have noted the pieces found in Slovakia are the property of the state and people should hand them over to local authorities or scientists.
  • Environment: The town of Stupava, Bratislava Region, has opened a new eco centre to educate people about the environment and its protection.
  • Archaeology: Archaeologists researching a Stone Age settlement in Vráble, Nitra Region, have unearthed the remains of three dozen people who may have been killed in cult ceremonies.

Thats it for this week. Have a restful weekend. - Peter

Do you have any tips? You can reach Peter at peter.dlhopolec@spectator.sk

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