The Vardos Cookbook

Vardos: The Vardos Cookbook


‘[Vardos] plays with formidable panache.’ The Herald (U.K.)

About Vardos

Three-piece band Vardos transports you to Eastern Europe with its lively performances of traditional folk music. Praised for its flawless and authentic sound, the trio learnt its craft from Roma musicians over numerous travels abroad. Driven by Alana Hunt’s wild violin and amplified by the sounds of accordion and double bass, Vardos is ravishingly entertaining.

About the concert

From feast to famine, the culinary identity of Eastern Europe can be traced back through song. Vardos delves into the great melting pot of music from Hungary, Romania and their neighbours, stirring up many delicious discoveries to savour. Original arrangements of rarely heard songs about cooking and food provide a glimpse into the region’s wonderful culture. Vardos’s enthusiasm for this scrumptious fare, combined with its stunning musical talents, entices you to journey further and sample every course.

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Alana Hunt violin
Kirri Büchler double bass
Sofia Chapman accordion/viola/hurdy gurdy


Hungarian starter
Traditional The best bacon song

Romanian starter
Traditional Romanian The charm of basil

Traditional Transylvanian ‘Nincsen kenyer’
Served with bread

Vegetarian option
Traditional ‘Fehér fuszulyka virág’ – bean dish

Soup (Romanian)
Traditional Romanian Tale of the stone soup
Traditional Paprika suite

Traditional Red wine and goulash song
Traditional Romanian Songs of Romanian green leaves

Side salads
Traditional Tomato ‘natur’
Traditional Greek salad

Traditional Sweets suite
Traditional Watermelon
Traditional Turkish Turkish coffee song

All works arranged by Vardos.