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Who needs politics when they can have palinka and pigs?

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Who needs politics when they can have palinka and pigs?

In the run-up to an April election, Hungarians ditched their differences on Saturday for a feast of pork and brandy

Balazs Horvath and Krisztina Fenyo

Almost a dozen pig slaughtering teams competed at a butchery festival south of Budapest on Saturday, putting aside politics before a national election on April 3 and toasting with homemade “palinka”, a strong fruit brandy.

The 11 teams participating in the contest in the small town of Kistarcsa brought their pigs early in the morning. After the animals were killed, their blood let and their skin burnt off, the butchers split the carcasses and chopped them up.

Each and every part of the pig is put to use. Some bits are turned into spicy sausages or Hungarian “pig cheese”, which is similar to Scottish haggis. The fat is fried to make scratchings and the legs are smoked...

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