About Us

About Us

Transilvania Fest is a travelling food and culture festival supporting community development in the Transylvanian region through tourism and trade. The festival addresses local communities as well as all those interested in local traditions and products. Its strategy focuses on promoting traditions and customs from Transylvania by connecting and actively supporting the small scale producers and on increasing the number of tourists from Romania and abroad by offering a program that combines support for popular tradition with more contemporary forms of community involvement.

The target group of the festival is broad, covering Romanian tourists aged 25-45, generally coming from big and medium sized cities as Cluj Napoca, Bucharest, Brasov and Sibiu, as well as middle-aged international tourists interested in local traditions in Romania.

It started in 2005 as Turda Fest, organized in the Ariesului Valley (Turda, Campia Turzii and Cluj Napoca) and became the Transylvania Fest travelling festival with its sixth edition in 2010, when it moved to Biertan and then to Blaj, in 2011.

If in the previous year the festival targeted mainly locals from the Ariesului Valley, in Turda, Campia Turzii and the surrounding villages, it later moved to covering a broader region and promoting the very rich culture of Sibiu and Alba, bringing together over 70 local producers in Transylvania.

 

The festival brings together:

● craftsmen and local agrarian producers;
● a NGO fair with organisations active in Transylvania in areas such as cultural tourism, patrimony, education and environment;
● activities for children (cheese tasting, cooking contests, theatre plays);
● traditional dance shows and concerts;
● an open air cinema;
● farm animal stalls.

 

Transylvania Fest is under the distinguished patronage of HRH Crown Princess Margarita of Romania

and the distinguished international patronage of HRH Prince Charles of Wales.

Our mission

Transylvania Fest is an annual festival honouring the history of our region and at the same time promoting solutions for a sustainable future.

Long term objectives

We are committed to placing the festival in a relevant and prominent position on the European agenda, and for it to be recognised as one of the most important festivals celebrating agriculture, tourism and local traditions.

Our philosophy

 

Romania is a country gifted with outstanding landscapes, rich lands and an impressive history of traditional agriculture. We believe local producers should be proud of their traditional farming methods and their natural and healthy produce, and that our villages should have the opportunity to promote their patrimony and their agrarian and touristic offers. Finally, it is our strong belief that Romania’s unique patrimony should be preserved and promoted.

We truly support this process and we wish to become a reliable partner in the development of Romania’s future by helping to consolidate a network of partners and by connecting and actively supporting local producers.

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