Last year the Zemplén Festival (Zempléni Fesztivál) celebrated its 25th anniversary! As the first major festival in the Tokaj Wine Region, it consistently brings some of Hungary’s best musicians for a week and a half of music. Classical, jazz, folk, opera, operetta, church – whatever you like, you’ll find something to your taste.
The often unusual venues – from castles to hunting lodges, churches to synagogues, wineries to cafés, even disused quarries – bring people all over our great region. Some locations become mini jazz venues in their own right – in cool bars just perfect for chilling out under the stars. Or experience the hospitality of Hungarian villages, as the ladies put on snacks – definitely taste their pogácsa (a typical Hungarian mini yeasted scone) and the wines. And it can be fun to join one of the trips that takes in a couple of concerts, perhaps venturing into nearby Slovakia too.
With a variety of locations small and large, and prices for every pocket – including a large number of free events -, it is no surprise that this serious programme of outstanding performers draws a crowd who return time and again. A couple of highlights for you are:
- Sárospatak Wine Terrace – with jazz and concerts every night, wines by the local Sárospatak winemakers’ association and great chilling space in front of the Cultural House
- excursion concerts – to more remote villages
Programme coming soon…