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Elena hosts the 4th Elenski But Feast

sushen-but-svinskiElena 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.

s10003973The 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.

but-fileThe 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.

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Remember, remember the Fifth of November…

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The venue

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. Continue Reading

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The symbolic Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki Church opens for visits

6_12568043171_MG_3725_sThe 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.

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The village of Strelets hosts the Sweet Sorghum Feast

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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.

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Balkanski Circus visiting Veliko Tarnovo

cirkThe most awarded Bulgarian circus famous all over the world is visiting Veliko Tarnovo. The circus is actually known worldwide as The Bulgarian national circus. It will welcome everyone with a new programme full of spectacular attractions and performances. The chapiteau is set up behind Billa store at the roundabout near Praktiker. The circus is staying in Veliko Tarnovo for four days– 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th October – with shows starting from 5 pm and 7.30 pm in the first three days and from 11 am and 4.30 pm on the last day (Sunday). Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office on the site or on-line at:

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Exhibition dedicated to African culture in Veliko Tarnovo

Author of the exhibition is Burama Keita, of Malian origin but currently residing in Bulgaria and dealing with African culture.

The exhibitionis called Africa: My land, My Soul and is part of a long-term project and will stay in Veliko Tarnovo from October 6th to 30th October. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a different culture presented in the old capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition will cover different topics such as history, geography, literature, and modern and traditional African painting. You can also hear and see African music and dancing at the opening of the exhibition which will be held in French (with interpretation into Bulgarian).

The opening is today, 6th October, from 5 pm; the venue – Rafael Mihailov Exhibition Halls, New Corpus Hall, 1st level, 1 Rafael Mihailov str.

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Campaign for electronic and hazardous waste collection

household-hazardous-waste-signsVeliko Tarnovo Municipality is organizing yet another collection campaign for electronic and hazardous waste. There will be two collection points – one opening on October, 8th in Kartala Neighbourhood, in Stoyan Koledarov parking lot, from 10 am till 4 pm. The other one will be available on October, 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm in front of Mall Veliko Tarnovo, in the parking lot at Simeon Veliki Street.

People can safely dispose of their expired medications, mercury-containing ampules and thermometers; lacquers, paints, thinners; household cleaners and chemicals; inks and contaminated packaging; expired pesticides; batteries and accumulators and electronic waste.

The campaign is part of the efforts of the Municipality to keep our town clean and free of hazardous substances. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is conforming to the high ecological standard ISO 14000 Environmental Management System for several years now. This system aims at minimizing the pollution and negative effects of human activity on the environment.