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The Central Post Office in Veliko Tarnovo to become a 5-star hotel

Hotels_near_Paradigm_Malibu1The Post Office in the very centre of Veliko Tarnovo is set to become a luxury 5-star hotel, it was announced by the Chief Architect of the Municipality Nikolay Malakov. The current owners have already announced their intentions and will start working on the project shortly.

The building that used to be owned by the Bulgarian National Telekom/Vivacom until recently housed the Customer Service Centre of the company. It is built over 5 floors in the shape of the Bulgaria letter П, with a courtyard and garages accessible from the south. Its total built-up area is just over 1380 square meters, according to the local newspaper borbabg.com.

11 (1)The idea of the new owners is for the ground floor facing the street to host many shops. Some of them have already been realized and operate with a separate entrance for each.

The hall with the telephone booths is to be converted into a posh ice cream parlour. The investments only for the ice cream shop is expected to reach about 100,000 leva. The entire building is owned by a developer who bought it from the state in December, 2009 for 1,6 million euro. Until now he rented it out to its previous owner – Vivacom.

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Beer and Grill Festival – Veliko Tarnovo Mezi

Citizens and guest of Veliko Tarnovo are to be indulged with an unforgettable four-day experience during the Balkan grill festival Veliko Tarnovo Mezi* which will be held from 26th till 29th May at the circus site behind Billa Store. Admission is free and organizers are promising fun, sports activities, music and delicious food prepared by the best masters of the grill from Serbia, Turkey, Macedonia and Greece. Activities and stalls open from 10 am till 10 pm each day.

The event coincides with the fourth anniversary of the leading brewery in Veliko Tarnovo – Britos. 1000 gifts and 100 liters of free beer will be distributed by the brewery as part of the awards during the festival. The amount of beer that will be consumed during the feast is a hard task to measure and no one is willing to predict it.

During the four day there will be all-day music program, children’s Sports Academy, five-hours long concerts, children’s workshops, dance workshops, family relay, mini football, street ball for children, children rides and for the first time in Bulgaria – Bubble football and paintball with bows; there will also be a Backgammon and Belote tournaments.

A huge cinema screen will broadcast the greatest matches in the history of Bulgarian football every night from 8 pm as well as the Champions League Final.

*Meze n. (Mezi v.) is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers.

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Pavlikeni hosts its Third Egg Feast

IMG_0238Pavlikeni is organizing its Egg Feast for the third time on May, 14th. The celebrations start at 2 pm and are going to last till the sun sets down. Sponsor and co-organizer of the fest will be the local Haipro Egg Factory which will provide more than 3000 eggs for the day. Cooking contest, concert, competitions as well as souvenir stalls and many attractions will be featured in the feast. The Mayor of Pavlikeni Emanuil Manolov is promising this year visitors and participants will have even more fun.

Everyone will be presented with the opportunity to taste the delicious omelettes prepared on the spot. Also many egg-related crafts will be demonstrated and there will be many stalls with souvenirs, sweet treats and flowers. A specially designated area will show traditions typical for the villages in the area. People from the village of Paskalevets with also present their rakiya which is made according to a secret ancient recipe using herbs, honey and the Sun. Continue Reading

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Veliko Tarnovo marks the Orthodox Easter

IMG_7433Citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo are presented with the unique opportunity to celebrate Easter at Tsarevets Fortress. This is one of the most important celebrations of the year and the most significant feast in the Orthodox Church calendar.

This year it falls later than the Catholic Easter. The difference in the dates comes from the facts that Bulgaria is an Orthodox country and the Church here uses the Julian calendar, and not the Gregorian calendar, recognized worldwide as the official civil calendar.

The Bulgarian name for Easter is Velikden, which means Great Day and Bulgarians certainly put a lot of effort into making it a large family celebration. Here Easter is celebrated over four days starting on Good Friday (called Razpeti Petak in Bulgarian or Crucified Friday) until Easter Monday, which is a bank holiday. Continue Reading

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Veliko Tarnovo will have a new Town Park

Veliko Tarnovo is to receive a new town park – its 15th. The park will be set up at the terrain near the Kachitsa Roundabout (just behind Billa Store). The initial project is now ready.

The project envisages that there will be walkways, green areas with decorative shrubs and trees, pet zone, sports facilities, kids playgrounds and water fountains. There will be skating and bicycle alleys and shaded seating areas. The park will also have a stage where it can host various happenings and performances. The funding is expected to come through the financial mechanisms of the European Union.

The plot of land spans over 18,000 sqm and was owned by the state until last year when the Council of Ministers granted the ownership of the place to the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo at the request of the Mayor Daniel Panov. All the other parks within the territory of the town were renovated in recent years after the Municipality secured funding from the European Union.

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Arbanasi celebrates Todorovden for the 26th time

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Arbanasi

Todorovden will be marked for the 26th consecutive time this Saturday (19th March) at Arbanasi. On Todorovden people called Todor and Theodore and likewise have their names celebrated; also according to old traditions many horse races are being organized throughout the country. The festivities will start in the morning in the village square. As usual there will be BBQ and wine stalls, great musical program and lots of fun. Once again the mayor Tosho Krastev, who is also celebrating his Name Day, promises to make all guests feel welcome and enjoy the fete.  The weather forecast is for good weather promising visitors only pleasant emotions. The organizers from the Village Hall and Kaloyan-92 Equestrian Club are ready to meet everyone at Arbanasi for a day filled with excitement and entertainment.

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Veliko Tarnovo hosts an international culinary festival

Veliko Tarnovo is to host a round of the Bulgaria Welcomes the Tastes of the World International Culinary Festival in May. The exact dates are not yet known. The event will be one of the largest in the cultural calendar of the Municipality this year and will promote the Old Bulgarian capital as a quality food destination worth visiting. Veliko Tarnovo will participate with authentic recipes for food which used to be prepared during the Middle Ages.

A variety of products, recipes, food and beverages which are nowadays typically produced and prepared in Veliko Tarnovo region will also be presented at the fest along with the culinary traditions and customs of the area. The festival will pass through seven Bulgarian towns and will be held in two stages.

During the first stage recipes for various traditional dishes will be collected and then evaluated by a jury. People can submit their favourite Bulgarian recipes at www.Iknowbulgaria.bg; they must be traditional for the region in which they live.

The second stage will feature the approved dishes and will go through seven major Bulgarian cities. Guest from 17 other countries will join the Bulgarian hosts for this part – Azerbaijan, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Morocco, Hungary, Poland, Israel, Venezuela, USA, UK, Mexico, Romania, Croatia, India, and Cuba. Famous chefs will honour the events at each stop and of course there will be lots of fun, food, wine and music.

Souvenirs, made exclusively for the festival, will be available for purchase in each of the 7 Bulgarian towns. They will cost 3 lv and all revenues will go to charity; each of the hosting municipalities will choose a cause they want to support.

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