In Paloznak, one of the most picturesque villages on the north shore of the Balaton, the Homola Winery will be organizing the Paloznak Jazzpiknik for the eighth time. The event grew from a small jamboree in the courtyard of the Tájház into a 3-day event with 4 stages and 20 concerts, and starting in 2015 into a pillar of the Very Balaton event series.
The founding idea was a relationship between good wines and good music, the masterminds being Szabolcs Homola and Orsolya Valde. They thought up, and still do, a quality event near Lake Balaton offering an alternative to mass festivals. Besides the best Hungarian and international performers, it is an important aspect to provide quality gastronomy, offer local products, and pay attention to sustainability. No more than a stone’s throw from Balaton on the vine hill of Paloznak, guests can expect to find a real picnic festivity. The small village of 500, only 10 minutes by car from Balatonfüred, becomes the Balaton capital of jazz for those three days: the big concerts are held at the main stage next to the village with guest resting on blankets during the day and dancing on the grass under the stars at night.
In 2018, the Jazzpiknik saw as many as 18 thousand visitors during its 3 days. In recent years they hosted international stars such as Jamie Cullum, Soul II Soul, Electro Deluxe, Kraak & Smaak, Kool & the Gang, Mario Biondi, Matt Bianco, Candy Dulfer, Jazzanova, Al McKey’ Earth Wind And Fire Experience, Icognito, St. Germain, Dephazz, Mezzoforte, while Hungarian performers included Juli Fábián, Djabe, Bin Jip, Mrs. Columbo, Ágnes Herczku and Róbert Sinha, Judie Jay, Amoeba, Csemer Boggie, Kátya Tompos and Lőrinc Barabás Quartet. The host of the Jazzpiknik is the Homola Winery, the co-host is the Local Council of Paloznak. The event is organized in cooperation with Veszprémfest.