Elena is preparing for the 4th edition of the Elenski But Festival. The event will take place on the 14th November. The tempting fair is usually held every last Saturday of October, but this year the date was changed because of the local elections which were conducted throughout the country.
The feast will be set at the town square – the place will come to life with many re-enactments, attractions, degustations, competitions and exhibitions. Of course there will be the contest for the largest and most delicious Elenski But. Women from Elena will also join in the celebration – they will prepare tasty dishes with the unique specialty. For the curious will have tables for tasting to sample this and other meat delicacies.
The renowned Elenski but is a dry-cured ham from which is a popular delicacy throughout the country. The meat is salted and rubbed with herbs and then left to dry in the air. It has a specific taste and can be preserved in the course of several years, owing much to the special process of making and the climatic conditions of that part of Balkan Mountains where Elena is located.
The day will start at 10.30 am with the recreation of an old tradition – pig scorching over a pit. Only men are taking part in this ritual. The Elena But Feast will be officially opened at 11.30. The dance and music programme will start right after that. The day will closed with a fireworks show at 6 pm.
Post and Tele Exhibition attracts visitors in Veliko Tarnovo. The intriguing exposition is housed in the building of the Central Post Office (the second entrance down the stairs off the main Nezavisimost Street). Currently the number of the exhibits is just over 200.
Among the items is the bureau of a post office director; it is equipped with two phones, documentation and ink cartridges, one of which dates from the 1940s. These are all taken from the post office in the village Nedan.
A British expat has been organizing Guy Fawkes Nights in the village of Momin Sbor for some years now and this year is not going to be an exception. Wild Rovers 4X4 will be holding a Guy Fawkes Party on Thursday November, 5th. The nights bear a charitable spirit and this year funds will be raised for Velvet Hearts – a local animal rescue charity. The funds will go towards the neutering, care, feeding and re-homing of stray and abandoned dogs.
Veliko Tarnovo has become one of the few towns in the country, which had the opportunity to test the two most advanced technologies in the field of electric public transport at the moment.
An electric bus running on batteries was already tried for some time along the street of the old capital during the summer in. Today another leading technology for eco-friendly public transport was presented in Veliko Tarnovo capacity for this eco-friendly urban transport.
The electric bus which was introduced today is manufactured by the Israeli company Chariot Motors. It is propelled by ultracapacitors technology. It needs two 150 kilowatts charging station on the first and last stop to function and it takes about 5-6 minutes to fully charge, a time which coincides with the rest of the drivers. The cost per km is only 15 stotinki. The capacity of the eco-friendly vehicle is for 29 sitting and 61 standing passengers. With this this kind of the transport air pollution is reduced to very large extend.
After the trial period ends Veliko Tarnovo administration will have to choose the technology that most suits the needs of the town and the municipality villages; it will then apply for funding under the EU transport programmes.
The church takes a central place in Veliko Tarnovo’s history as it was the place where the uprising of Asen and Peter was pronounced on October 26th 1185. The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt of Bulgarians living in a territory held by the Byzantine Empire and was caused by a tax increase. It ended with the creation of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, ruled by the Asen dynasty. The church will welcome visitors every day from October, 22nd till November, 8th as it is becoming the focal point of the upcoming national celebrations marking the 830th anniversary of the uprising and the restoration of the Bulgarian state. The church usually stays closed during the winter months and opens doors for visitors only upon prior request.
The area of the former ice rink and training grounds in Veliko Tarnovo, which are located west of Ivaylo Stadium will be transformed into a modern sports complex. The project was developed by the team of the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Daniel Panov. A new football pitch will be set up according to the plats and it will feature artificial turf, lighting and stands. There will also be a second, smaller field with natural grass, with sectors for shot put, javelin, discus and hammer, and a small running track.
The municipality will apply for project funding under the Regions in Growth Operational Programme. Veliko Tarnovo may receive additional financing for the project under the Development of Sports Infrastructure Programme of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The old capital of Bulgaria holds the leading position in terms of state funding for new projects.
Sweet Sorghum Treacle / madzhun
On 17th October 17 (Saturday) the village of Strelets will host the second edition of the Sweet Sorghum Feast. The festival is organized by the village mayoralty and the local community centre and pensioner club.
The organizers aim to trace back, preserve and popularize folklore traditions and customs in Gorna Oryahovitsa region and to revive the tradition of treacle (madzhun in Bulgarian) producing in the village. Sweet sorghum is any of the many varieties of the sorghum grass whose stalks have high sugar content and is used for syrup production (treacle).
There will be also a contest for the tastiest treacle; only residents of Strelets can take part in it. A jury will pronounce the best treacle and the winning contestants will receive diplomas.
There will also be a concert programme with lots of singing and dancing. Sweet Sorghum celebrations begin at 10 am in the village centre.