10th Paloznak Jazz Picnic to be held this week

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Photo by Márton Mónus

The 10th edition of the Paloznak Jazz Picnic will be held between August 4-6, featuring some 40 concerts as well as a selection of street food exhibitors, champagnes, and Balaton wines.

The food selection will range from American BBQ options to authentic Balkan flavors, and those looking for vegan or gluten-free delicacies will also be catered for, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

This year, the host Homola Winery is offering a dedicated batch for the picnic atmosphere, the Jazzpiknik Olaszrizling, a barrel-fermented, aged wine from the Homola wine family. Alongside the winery's sparkling wines, natural wines, and the 100% wine family, a number of drink specialties will be on show at Jazzpiknik, meaning that the lovers of the likes of Aperol Spritz and gin-based drinks will also find something to quench their thirst.

To ensure that the boutique festival returns to the Northern Balaton dunes year after year, the organizers see the integration of green aspirations and sustainable festival solutions as key. The picnic is one of the first national events to work entirely and exclusively with eco-friendly products. Waste is collected selectively throughout the festival and guests are encouraged to do the same. Continuing the tradition of previous years, the Green Belt Association (Zöldövezet Társulás) will be the event's partner for selective waste collection.

At the festival, the entire waste management will be organized in an environmentally conscious way, recycling, the use of environmentally friendly products and awareness-raising will be carried out in cooperation with the association. For years, catering partners have been serving their food exclusively in biodegradable, environmentally friendly packaging, with Doremi Today as the commercial and professional partner of the picnic. Nearly 70% of all waste from the 2021 Jazz Picnic was recycled, and the waste management saved the festival 3,616 kg of CO2 emissions, according to the press release.

In partnership with CupRevolution, the Paloznak Jazz Picnic has switched to a full re-cup system for 2021, which will be complemented by a limited edition design cup this year. The mission of the re-cup is to raise awareness among festival-goers about environmental awareness and the overproduction of consumerism. In addition to green seating, picnickers can of course sip their favorite wines from a glass, as has been the tradition in recent years. The festival is cashless again this year - with the importance of being touch-free - and picnickers can pay with a debit card and a reloadable HelloPay card.

In addition to nearly 30 Hungarian acts, the festival's lineup of performers includes prominent international artists, such as the Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodriguez Band and world-renowned British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé on the first day. On August 5, Lisa Stansfield will take to the main stage, followed by one of the most successful hip-hop dance music acts of all time, the Stereo MC's. On August 6, the world-famous Al McKay's Earth, Wind & Fire Experience will visit the festival, followed by the MF Robots.

More information about the festival is available here.

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