The Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days are between the 3rd and the 6th of August this year on the shores of Békás Lake in the Big Forest. Hungary’s third largest wine event and the largest jazz festival in terms of the number of participating artists, this year’s event will feature 3 jazz stages from 5 pm.
The Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days is Hungary’s longest-running jazz festival, which has been held every year since 1972, except for 2020. At the guided wine tastings of the festival, applicants can taste a carefully prepared wine list with expert guidance.
Highlights of the event’s wine palette include the Chardonnay of the Etyeki Manor, the Menádok Pinot Gris of Nyakas Pince, and the Irsai Olivér of Koch Borászat Selection, which received a gold medal at the national wine competition in 2023, as well as the 2011 wine of Dúzsi Pince Görögszó in 2015.
This year, the Ice Tropez wine cocktail comes with a Mediterranean feel. Still, guests can also toast with VID cocktails, Törley champagnes, Spanish sparkling wine, i.e., Italian prosecco under the summer sky, and a curiosity, Ferrari’s champagne, which can also be tasted at the festival. The Koktél Színház serves eye-catching alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails behind its steampunk stand.
The three music stages of the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days showcase the leading Hungarian musicians and bands in the jazz genre: young, experimental jazz players and experienced, well-known jazz masters come to the stages with nearly 40 formations. 2023 is the year of bassists and double basses, which is why the Wine and Jazz Days can boast three Artist in Residence jazz musicians in the persons of János Egri, Géza Jónás, and Vince Bartók.
The star performers of the festival include the duo of Veronika Harcsa and Bálint Gyémánt, the Nagy Emma Quintet, a band made up of young jazz musicians with an incomparable sound, the Hungarian Jazz Quintet, which turns 50 this year, the Vas/Bukowski/Szmańda trio with their characteristic playing style, the modern Szakcsi Jr. Renaissance and the year’s Phonogram awardee, the funk-jazz-pop supergroup Subtones. True to tradition, the center of jazz lovers’ hearts, the 38-year-old Debrecen Dixieland Jazz Band, closes Sunday with a joint concert with the legendary jazz guitarist István Gyárfás “Gyafi”. After the concerts, jazz DJs provide the musical background for the wine tastings.
During the day, families can also enjoy an extraordinary program at the event, so in the shady Galiba Children’s Corner, children of all ages can have fun with their parents and grandparents with lots of games. Four-legged friends and their owners can cool off at the dog refreshment point.
More than 20 restaurants provide the gastronomic offer. Magnificent homemade cheeses are the best choice to accompany the wines, but there will also be delicacies from traditional cuisine and street food on the table.
It is significant to point out that the Wine and Jazz days will also switch to cashless payment, so it will be possible to make purchases everywhere with the help of a bank card, mobile application, or top-up card. The daily ticket can be purchased for 3,600 HUF on Friday and Saturday and 2,700 HUF on Sunday. The indispensable accessory of the program, the elegant tasting glass, can be yours for 1,500 HUF.