This past weekend, Kaposvár celebrated the Hungarian tradition of Farsang (far-shaang). The festival featured creatures known as Busó (pronounced boo-show) roaming around Kossuth square, mostly scaring children and dogs, but some also got a bit aggressive with the ladies, which was a little strange. The story of the Buso goes something like this:
Around 1240, Hungary was invaded by the Turks, specifically, they invaded a town called Mohács (Moe-haach). When they arrived, the locals noticed and fled to live in the nearby swamps. Eventually they decided to get rid of the Turks, and they carved up some masks, wrapped themselves in sheep skins, and ran back into town making as much noise as possible in hopes that they would trick the Turks into thinking they were a band of demons, coming to kill them. It worked! Or so the story goes. And the Turks vacated the premises by morning.
Now, what does all this have to do with fair food? We talked about Farsang in my ninth grade class this week and I told them about the Burnsville Fire Muster, the community festival in the city where I grew up, the students pretty unanimously thought the Fire Muster sounded lame. Naturally, I started telling them about the Minnesota State Fair and the all important fair food. I told them about cheese curds, corn dogs, candy bars on a stick, spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, alligator steaks, and others before having them come up with their own ideas for new fair food. I told them I would have some Minnesotans vote for their favorite new fair foods, and report the results back next week. So, without further ado, here is the Munkácsy Mihály Gimnázium 9E class submissions of food to debut at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair, vote for as many as you like: