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Billed as the biggest music festival in Europe, Budapest's Island Festival serves up a massive selection of musical delights

Sziget Music Festival - AugustFor the young and young at heart is what is billed as Europe’s largest open air music festival. Spread over 8 days and hosting 100’s of live acts including a respectable roster of big names, many from the UK and US as well as plenty of local talent, there’s something to suit almost everyone’s taste. In between you’ll find plenty to entertain with a huge selection of activities from ab sailing and rock climbing to assault courses and our favorite just to watch, the team tomato event held in a 5-a-side sized inflatable pitch filled with tomatoes. Food is varied and as good as any tent prepared festival fare can be. In particular you should look out for Langos [lang-osh] which is a cross between a pizza and a pancake with toppings like sour cream, garlic oil and cheese – great for soaking up any excess alcohol. Another must try is Kurtos Kalacs [koor-toosh kol-ach] a light doughy sweet treat made by winding long strings of dough onto a tube which is then quickly roasted on a special spit then dipped in a coating of your choice, usually sugar based. The big tip with these is never buy the pre-prepared ones sitting on the counter, Kurtos Kalacs are at their very best when freshly prepared which usually only takes a couple of minutes – original Hungarian fast food. The great thing about the Sziget (sig-et) festival is you can pay for single days if you wish – a days entry is a very reasonable £20 (2009 price) which allows re-entry so you can afford to dip in and out as much as you like.

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