Greyana rakia is often served in such traditional pottery cups.
The 7th Pork Lard and Mulled Rakia fest is to take place on February, 18th (Saturday) in the tourist town of Apriltsi. The typical for the region grilled pork lard* and mulled rakia* are going to be presented at the fest. A number of other culinary masterpieces will also be available to try. Organizers have prepared many contests and surprises for visitors and participators. The good mood is to be guaranteed by traditional folk singers and dance troupes.
Slanina is often consumed with homemade bread and raw onion.
*Pork lard – slanina in Bulgarian. These are thick slabs of pure fat which are either smoked or salted/seasoned or both. Then you leave them to hang somewhere dry for a long time and this is what slanina is)
*Mulled rakia – greyana rakia in Bulgarian. It is heated and sweetened with honey or sugar, sometimes with added spices. Heated in kettles, it is often offered to visitors to various open-air festivities, especially in winter.)
Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/692702660904604/
On January, 28th (Saturday) а tribute to one of the most beloved bands of all time – Toto – will be held in Veliko Tarnovo. The venue is Bar Rocka Rolla in Veliko Tarnovo; the event starts at 11.30 pm and entrance is 10 leva. You are invited you to join the party and experience the unforgettable hits of Toto, in a new and emotional way.
Here is the list of the performing artists:
Slavin Slavchev – vocals
Preslava Peicheva – vocals
Nora Karaivanova – vocals
Yasen Velchev – keyboards
Ivaylo Zvezdomirov – bass
Darin Vasilev – guitar
Biser Ivanov – guitar
Stoyan Yankulov – drums
Official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/344487562573342/?active_tab=discussion
Veliko Tarnovo now has a new tourist map which is available for free – you can grab your copy from the Tourist Information Centre at 5 Hristo Botev Str as well as from the sites which are advertised on it. The first circulation is of 10,000 pieces. The map itself measures 48×35 cm and is bilingual (Bulgarian and English). The most prominent historical and cultural sites are marked on it as well as information about transport, places to dine and entertain and various types of services provided in the town.
The new Palace Cinema in Mall Veliko Tarnovo will open to the public on Friday (16th December). There is still no official website, but on Thursday a telephone number will be released for reservations. The new theatre will meet its audience with 3 completely refurbished halls. All of them are kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including silver screens, which allows guests to enjoy blockbusters on the venue’s exclusive to Bulgaria 3D system Volfoni for an immersive experience. Two of the halls are equipped with unique rocking chairs and the 50-seats VIP hall promises luxury setting that will make you wish the movie never ends. The first flicks which you can see are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Collateral Beauty and Inferno, and the animation movies Sheep & Wolves and Moana.
Source and image: http://mallvt.bg/bg/article/cinema%20palace
The weather forecast shows that Saturday and Sunday are set to be warm and dry with plenty of sunshine so if you still haven’t visited the Christmas Market in Marno Pole Park, Veliko Tarnovo, the weekend seems as the right time to do it. The Market is open every day from 10 am till 8 pm and will continue up to December, 31st. This year the Greek Kontosouvli Chalet is in the spotlight – it attracts everyone with sizzling sounds and delicious aroma coming from the grill. Kontosouvli is actually a big kebab traditionally slow roasted on a spit turning over charcoal pit. The treat is priced at 6 leva per kg. The adjacent chalet is selling mulled wine and wormwood wine at 2 leva per 200 ml. At the Christmas market you will also find Kazanlak Donuts, kattami (stuffed flatbreads) and Turkish delight. A variety of souvenirs, everyday items and toys are also available. A mini fairground with Ferry Wheel and Santa Post Office will keep the little ones entertained.
Official FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/christmasbazaarvt/
Images: Internet and https://www.facebook.com/christmasbazaarvt/
The British Ambassador, Emma Hopkins, invites the British community for Christmas Carols and mince pies in Veliko Tarnovo on Monday 12 December.
The carol singing will take place at the Christmas Market at the entrance to Marno Pole Park between 11:30 and 12:00. The Ambassador then invites the British community to join her for mince pies at the Veliko Tarnovo municipality building from midday.
Tickets for the event are free and can be reserved here: http://ow.ly/cXVP306FBT9
The Christmas Market in Veliko Tarnovo officially opens on 1st December; it will work from 10 am till 8 pm and will feature 25 chalets offering various goods. One of them will be called the Charity Chalet of Friends of Animals VT and will be raising funds for a noble cause – the wellbeing of stray and mistreated animals. The good-hearted people behind the organization are setting up their chalet at the Christmas Market for a second year in a row. There you can donate money for the stray animals of Veliko Tarnovo. The raised funds will cover the medical costs for neutering, treatment and medication of homeless animals. You can also donate blankets, bedding, toys and food for the dogs in the Municipality Animal Shelter. Alternatively you can buy cat/dog food or anything you deem necessary from any of the veterinary clinics or zoo shops in VT and just let the people from the chalet know so that they can go and collected it instead of you carrying it around.
For each donation you will receive a small gift of gratitude. The gifts include calendars with pictures of the dogs from the shelter, fridge magnets with cats, souvenirs and Christmas baubles. The Charity Chalet is the first on the left-hand side if you are coming from the direction of the ferry wheel.
The campaign last year was very successful thanks to all the compassionate and generous people who made a donation – 35 stray cats were neutered, 108 vaccines were bought for the needs of the Municipality Pound and the medical costs for the treatment of more than 40 stray animals were covered.
This noble cause wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Friends of Animals VT kind-hearted friends at Yantra Homes Real Estate Agency who became the exclusive sponsor of the Charity Chalet and its activity.
Австрийски коледен базар в парк „Марно поле“