Hungarian goulash, various types of Greek olives, Finnish emoticons, as well as numerous tourism offers and study opportunities were presented on Saturday at the 18 stalls belonging to the European countries that participated at the EU Member States Market in Cismigiu Park.
In his speech, Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu noted that the member states’ stalls are talking “in a simple, direct and suggestive way” about the richness and diversity of European cultures, and at the same time expressed his hope that such actions, which go outside official setting, would be organised more often, being meant to showcase what Union member countries have “more creative and beautiful.”
Hungary’s stall enticed visitors with the traditional goulash – beef soup spiced with cumin, garlic and paprika.
At Spain’s stall, visitors were able to find, apart from Cervantes Institute’s flyers, Spanish olives, sweets, sangria (refreshing wine-based alcoholic beverage) and jamon (dry-cured ham). Two competitions were organised there, their themes being Spanish language and culture.
At Slovakia’s stall, Bucharesters found tourism brochures but also koliba, a matured semi-hard cheese specialty.
Children who visited Poland’s stall were invited to make drawings inspired by this country and received Polish sweets or apples.
At United Kingdom’s stall, the point of maximum attraction was the “solar Queen,” a statue representing the queen waiving, the mechanism working based on solar power.
The souvenir offered by Croatia’s representatives was a red earthenware heart, that state’s symbol.
However, Bucharesters were also able to see Finnish emoticons that talk about the particularities of this people, against the backdrop in which Finland was the first country to create a national emoticon.
“It’s important to be together and to emphasise the importance of the European family and of the partnerships between member states. We want to present Romanians the modern aspects of our country, but also the traditional ones. We are talking about Lapland, Santa Clause, the education system, which is very well known, including in Romania,” Finnish Ambassador Paivi Pohjanheimo stated.
At Germany’s stall, Minister Comanescu correctly filled-in a questionnaire through which the representatives of Germany wanted to see how much Romanians know about their country. Also there, Bucharesters were presented study offers in Germany, tourism destinations and German-language classes.
At Greece’s stall, alongside maps of the islands and tourism offer brochures, passersby were enticed with sweets, chocolate specialties, 12 types of olives but also 20 spice mixes for various Greek dishes.
Romania’s stall, organised in partnership with the Romanian Peasant’s Museum, prepared an exhibition themed “clean home”: a traditional Romanian home featuring “a simple, clean, beautiful décor that imposes its traditions,” as put by Infoeuropa Centre coordinator Doris Mircea, quoted by Agerpres.
“We have sculptors, potters, traditional ice cream, sweets. We tried to bring some of the traditions and things that are representatives for Romania and about Romania,” she said.
Alongside informative materials about the EU, the event also featured five creative workshops for children, where they were able to sculpt, draw, mould in clay, or get face painted with EU symbols.
The third edition of the EU Member States Market was organised by the Bucharest City Hall, through PROEDUS, in partnership with the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Infoeuropa Centre.