Egészséges Tapolca, Egészséges Gazdaság

Projekt azonosítószáma: HU11-0012-A1-2013

The market programs launched, the student competition is over

The events at the renewed – in the framework of the project ‘HU11-0012-A1-2013 Healthy Tapolca, healthy economy’ – Market and market hall started on Friday, 24th March.

The organizers’ aim was to attract several age groups to the Spring-welcoming community market day.

The ‘First Tapolca seed- and seedling exchange’ took place in the open. Those interested could exchange their surplus seeds and seedlings for free with others. The organizers are optimistic about the future of this program. Several new ideas arose at the first event. The leftover seeds were given to the school gardens of the kindergartens.

There was a ‘Health day for the retired’ at the event for the elderly. The visitors could participate at free counselling, screenings and a quiz; all supported by the Health development bureau (EFI – Egészségfejlesztési Iroda).

Health day for the retired with the help of EFI.

Civilians and producers donated for charity. The collected goods were used at the ‘Stonesoup charity cooking event’. The raised money will be donated to the ‘My world – Society for autists in Tapolca and its surroundings’ organization. By the end of the event, the basket was full of local vegetables.

Gift packages of some project partners – namely ‘Bakony és Bakony térségi TDM’ and Tapolca Kft – were given away among the participants of the quiz. Zoltán Dobó, mayor and Irene Thorsplass, representative of the Norwegian partner organization were also present.

The most spectacular part of the market day was the highlight of the high school training program: the eight teams of the Batsányi János High school organized their own creative handcraft fair.

During the past couple of months, the students worked with their own producer, mentor, who helped them on the way of creating their own products.

As a final step, they could sell these products on the market day, at their personal market booth. The students and their – mostly gastronomic – products were really popular.

Some were selling their own cheese selections or wine, while others prepared stuffed cheese. Other students made stuffed gingerbread, different taste and shaped chocolate bonbons or vegetable chips.

There were health-cocktails made of local fruit and vegetables and the tasty lavender smell of bath bombs attracted many visitors.

The assigned representatives of the project partners evaluated the previously submitted written materials of the students based on the pre-defined criteria. At the event, a broader jury appraised the visuals, the tastes and the short films made by the students, which could be watched by anybody on the screen.

Once the competition was over, the students and the jury went back to the classrooms, the points were summed and the final results were born.

Edit Konok, employee at the Grants Europe Consulting Ltd. spoke about the competition, the experiences, and she gave some advice to the students. Elin Elin Nes Hjelle, member of the Norwegian delegation said that she took part at several innovation camps and the students of Tapolca can be proud of themselves, because they stood their ground from the very beginning, and all this was achieved in their free time.

Zoltán Dobó mayor greeted the students and announced the winner teams. The members of the winner team called ‘Generation of the future’ are Orsolya Horváth, Ernő Péter Kocsor, Vivien Nimsz and Stella Rádi from the class 11A. Their product was a health cocktail and their mentor was the Ukk Bébic Social cooperative. The award of the winners was 100 000 HUF proposed by the mayor and a certificate, and last but not least the teams could take part at a trip. Dr. Zoltán Kovács, dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at Pannon University gave individual certificates to the students as recognition of their participation. The organizers thanked Mrs Varga, principal of the high school, and based on this year’s success the organizers said that they were willing to continue the program in the future.

The winner team did not expect to be so successful. They were sceptic about implementing their concept, after their first product, the tomato paste failed. However, they did not give up and finally they came up with the winner idea. If the competition continues the would like to enter again and they would be happy if their mentor would help the further development  with tips and ideas. They said special thanks in their submitted work to Irén Komendánt, Zoltán Dániel and Dr. Andrea Parapatics.

Zoltán Dobó mayor said goodbye to the three members of the Norwegian delegation with a gift package made of local products. With the help of the Tapolca Diák-és Közétkeztető Kft.  the organizers surprised the participants with a lunch made from local products at the end of the program and the day.