“I am very pleased to see that the International Christmas Bazaar is again being held in Bratislava. It is an event giving the representation offices of respective countries an opportunity to present their cultures and cuisines and it simultaneously is an event with a very strong charitable dimension,” were the words used by Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in opening the Charity Christmas Bazaar organized by the International Women’s Club of Bratislava, which returned to the premises of Stará tržnica in Bratislava after a one-year break.
Residents of the capital city and visitors had an opportunity to “travel the world” under a single roof and buy specialties from various nooks and corners of the world, from maple syrup offered in the Canadian booth to the traditional French pancakes knows as crépes. This year, Azerbaijan participated for the first time with its specialties, including traditional Azerbaijani food. The Slovak booth, sponsored by MFEA SR, offered visitors traditional Slovak wines, decorated gingerbread cookies and Christmas decorations, as well as music carriers with Slovak traditional and modern pieces.
In his address Minister Lajčák expressed thanks to the International Women’s Club of Bratislava for having organized the event and added that he was pleased to see that the concepts of humanity and tolerance were at the right place in Stará tržnica and that the proceeds from all stands will be used for charitable projects.
Representation offices of 35 countries had their national booths at the bazaar. In addition, visitors to Stará tržnica could also stop at booths of six non-profit organizations that were presenting their activities and four international schools. The latter were organizing activities for visiting children during the bazaar day.