Invitation: Tokaj-Hegyalja Market, 9 September

  • 5 Sep 2012 9:00 AM
Invitation: Tokaj-Hegyalja Market, 9 September
Our next Tokaj-Hegyalja Market (Mushrooms into the Basket!) is, as usual, on the second Sunday of the Month, September 9th here at the Sárga Borház Restaurant on the Disznókő Estate. This will be a particularly special wekend in the Tokaj Wine Region; we will start with the Mádi Furmint Festival (September 7th, 8th) and finish with the Tokaj-Hegyalja Market on Sunday. The locals are so lucky – they don’t have to travel far for two such quality events. And for those coming from further afield it is certainly worth making the journey with so much on offer!

Date: 9th September 2012
Venue: Mezőzombor, by the Sárga Borház Restaurant on the Disznókő Estate

As the name suggests, mushrooms are in focus this time. Here in Tokaj fungus has a special role in the Aszú-making process, one of the reasons we respect it so much. And, as the untouched forests of the Zemplén Mountains provide a home for many species, the noble ’shroom is a typical feature of local dishes.

This market promises to be excellent. Here is a taste of what you can expect:

A Mushroom Exhibition organised by the Zempléni Gombász Egyesület, the very active local fungus association which plays an important role in educating about mushrooms. There will also be „Get to know your fungusGames for adults and children alike, as well as identify the mushroom with a fungus expert. Got a mushroom you would like to more more about - bring it along!

From 10.30am you can see the Wicker Weavers at work – along with the products of the Tokaji Weavers of the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service. The aim for this market is to create the best basket for ’shrooming – this is how the basket is made for mushrooming.

The Weavers make artistic and functional pieces to be used in family homes and gardens, the wineries and other companies, and public spaces, becoming a distinctive product of the Tokaji Wine Region. They are happy to hear your ideas and requests.

From 11am is the ”Edible mushrooms in the forest and in the fileds” talk about collecting and identifying mushrooms by Gábor Koltay, owner of the Királyi Csemegék wildcrafting firm in Aggtelek.

Truffle products
will be available. We’re holding a recipe swap for recipes with, of course, mushrooms. We hope the exchange will become permanent fixture and will publish the recipes on and on

Presentation of herbs for healing and the kitchen by plant doctor and horticulturalist István Leskó from Mád.

The historic wine region of Tokaj, probably the best known Hungarian region, has undergone phenomenal changes in the last twenty years, reviving the tradtion of the outstanding wines. One of the socieities active in supporting this renaissance and taking the wines and region to the wider world is the  Confrérie De Tokaj, which has also changed recently.

Members are joining us to tell you more about the society and its vision for the future, including the Confrérie Day to be held on September 22nd in the Castle of Sárospatak and at the Disznókő Estate. And lovers of Tokaji wines and the region can find out more about the Confrérie here at the market.

At the wine-bar on the Sárga Borház terrace you can taste members’ wines. As the harvest approaches, you can experience the ripe grapes, and also discover the mysterious world of the aszú grape in the Disznókő Wine Boutique. From 10am ESTATE VISIT-WINE TASTING tours start every two hours.

By popular demand Agyagbanda  will provide the „feeling of the fair” with Moldovian folk music and dance house.

It’s great to dance in the open air – and here is your chance!

As usual the playhouse and supervision makes sure parents and children alike enjoy the market.

The Tokaj Hegyalja Market only started in April this year and has already become a meeting place loved by visitors and producers. Locals are happy to catch up with friends and, of course, the market gives visitors the chance to see some of the best of the region’s produce and handcrafts.

Over 60 producers are regulars at the market! The market, or maybe we should call it a fair, starts at 10am every second Sunday of the month. This Sunday!


Dates for the other markets this year:

October 14th – Harvest Fun (on the same weekend as the Mindszent Havi Mulatsággal wine and culture festival in Bodrogkeresztúr)

November 11th – Mangalica Day – celebration of the traditional Hungarian pig

December 9th – Advent Market

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