Kaufland Hypermarket Chain bought the unfinished surgical unit of the Veliko Tarnovo Hospital at an auction for 5.8 million leva. This solves one of the biggest problems of the town as to how to utilize the building and how to deal with the swamp which formed around it because of the faulty plumbing system. The unsightly edifice will be demolished and the wetlands dried out by the company. The plot has excellent location and spans over 18,900 sqm. It is bordering two of the streets with heaviest traffic in Veliko Tarnovo – Krakov and Nikola Gabrovski; the main road Sofia – Varna also passes nearby.
The Veliko Tarnovo branch will open in 2018, according to Dimitar Spasov, CEO of Kaufland Bulgaria. The store will cover about 3,000 sqm and it is expected that around 150 employees will work there.
The 5.8 million leva will be used to fund the construction of a new hospital wing at the site of the so-called New Hospital (which is right next to the now sold plot). The 2 buildings will be connected by a walkway. The new edifice will acommodate the units currently ‘housed’ at the Old Hospital which is located in Varusha Neighbourhood (Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Neonatal Care, Skin & STDs and Psychiatric Departments).
More than 1000 lights, decorations and ornaments have already been mounted along the streets of the Old capital it was announced by the local authorities. The preparation for the traditional Christmas Market is also under way – 25 chalets will be set up in Marno Pole Park selling all kinds of treats. The Christmas Lights turning on ceremony will be on Friday, 25th November; as usual it will be accompanied by a firework display. Once we know more details about the variety of activities and their starting dates and times we’ll let you know!
The Bonfire Night is just around the corner and if you missed last year’s party at the village of Momin Sbor now is the time to make plans for this Saturday. 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. This is going to be the fourth annual Bonfire Night. Wildrovers Ltd will be holding their Guy Fawkes Party on Saturday, November, 5th from 6.30 pm.
This is a charitable event and all the funds raised will go towards Velvet Hearts – a local animal rescue charity. Miglena Dzhurova, who founded the organization, has recently bought a new plot of land with the aid of a German charity support group. The construction of a new animal shelter on the grounds is scheduled for the spring, and the host of the party is hoping that with your help they can give the building a good start.
The organizer is promising a great fireworks show, raffle, BBQ and lots more.
Yantra Homes takes pride in participating in this event – the company is sponsoring the fireworks display. The food and the site are provided by Wildrovers Ltd and it’s still not too late if you want to donate some more prizes for the raffle.
All funds at the gate, from the bar and raffle will go to the charity so please give generously.
If you want to join the night or learn more you can find additional details here:
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Elena is preparing for the 5th edition of the Elenski But Festival. The event will take place from 14th till 16th October. The programme kick starts with a concert on Friday (14th) from 6.30 pm in Hristo Botev Square. During the three days the place will come to life with many re-enactments, attractions, degustations, competitions and exhibitions.
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 climatic conditions of the Balkan Mountains region where Elena is located.
Saturday celebrations start at 10 am with the recreation of an old tradition – pig scorching over a pit; it will be staged near the Town Market. The Elena But Feast will be officially opened at 10.30 with the opening ceremony taking place in the Town Square. The dancing and music programme starts right after that. Kaleto Park will host a competition for the strongest balkandzhiya (mountain dweller) at 2 pm. After noon Bakalovata Kushta is the place for your children to have some fun. From 2 till 4 you can taste and sample wines and meat delicacies at the Tourist Information Centre. The fest will finish on Sunday with a fun artists’ show from 10 am .
Sevlievo is known as the Pumpkin Town. Many even call it Tikvenburg (Pumpkinburg, from the Bulgarian word tikva – pumpkin). There you will find a Pumpkin Museum, pumpkin festivals, pumpkin contests and whatnot; mind you there is no connection to Halloween whatsoever. The unusual Pumpkin Feast brings joy and good mood to Sevlievo and attracts many people. These pumpkin celebrations were first held in 2006 and with each year they gather more and more interest.
The colourful festival is organized in October every year and lasts for a week. The square in front of the Culture Home usually hosts an exhibition with the most oddly shaped pumpkins and contests for the largest, smallest, longest and most beautifully carved pumpkin.
Of course there is a culinary competition, with the main ingredient – pumpkin. More than a 200 m long tikvenik (phyllo pumpkin pie) is prepared each year for everyone from near and far to taste and savour.
There will be plenty more attractions, including dancing and music programme.
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The Gallery café-bar and fans of good music will celebrate the birthday of Freddie Mercury – 5th September. Everyone who likes his music can join the event on Monday, from 8 pm at the gallery café-bar located near the Asenevtsi/Horsemen Monument. Throughout the evening his greatest hits will be played and a video wall will show his music videos. Do not miss an exciting night in which we will mark the immortality of this genius music!
A grill-flavoured fest with lots of music and beer will be held near the Peter and Paul Monastery, not far from Veliko Tarnovo. The event will take place from September, 2nd till September 6th.
This is a special celebration dedicated to the quality and tradition of Bulgarian taste accompanied by nice music and the aroma of tasty temptations sizzling on the BBQ. Each day concerts start at 7 pm except on the 6th when the music programme starts at noon.
The special guest star this year is the renowned Serbian singer Ceca Veličković; she will perform on September, 3rd. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventim.bg and cost 15 and 50 leva. The concerts itself starts at 8 pm.
Access to the other concerts of the event is free.