It’s been over two months since the Szeged wine festival, but since I recently found the pictures, I thought I should put them up. Unlike the larger Budapest International Wine Festival, which lasts for five days in September, the Szeged fest takes place in May and sprawls gloriously over two full weeks. The focus is on Hungarian and regional wines, and the scene that you see from above, the mass of crowds pitted to picnic tables and benches, well this is pretty typical of the crowd throughout the festival, rain or shine.
Györgyike, Andi and I walked to the festival and met up with Gabi, Kriszti and a few other friends. Györgyi and I were focused a little bit more on business, meet & greeting potential clients. But we were able to enjoy many of the wonderful wines, several of which we hadn’t had before. I’m looking forward to the Budapest event again this September, but it’s hard to beat the cheerful atmosphere and unfussy Szeged wine lovers.
One of the great things about this part of the world is the spontaneous festival dancing. Young people and older folks all seem to know how to move with the crowd. This would never happen in America, which of course is a shame because it’s a lot of fun: