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.
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.
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.
US sporting goods giant Nike released tennis shoes with the colours of the Bulgarian flag. The company is the sponsor of the Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov; this was the reason for Nike to come up with the idea for sports shoes in white, green and red. It is expected that the trainers will be worn by Dimitrov during his next tournament.
The new sport complex is presently under construction
A new swimming complex with facilities for sport, recreation and rehabilitation is under construction currently in Veliko Tarnovo; as part of the complex there will also be a physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians’ office. This information was published in yesterday’s issue of Borba Newspaper. The sports grounds will be accommodated in the no-longer functioning building of the former Radio & Electronics High School. The site will be used for also for training and to host competitions. The place is currently undergoing major renovation and is expected to start operating at the beginning of the summer.
The new sports complex will be called Radio and will have span over 1895 sqm. It will also feature an indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a hall for handball, volleyball and basketball. The internal swimming pool measures 25 by 12 meters and is also fit for competitions. The outdoor one will be available for mass sports and outdoor recreation. The renovated swimming complex will also have several playgrounds for other sports.
Images: Borba Newspaper
The ice rink
An open air ice rink covering 400 sqm is now operating in Veliko Tarnovo. It opened doors on December, 9th. The facility is set up in the parking lot at the northern entrance of Ivaylo Town Stadium. Last year the ice skating rink was placed in front of Vasil Levski Palace of Culture and Sports.
The owner of the rink keeps the good tradition he established and children from orphanages in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality skate for free. The fee for pupils and students is 3 leva per hour and for adults – 4 leva. A pair of skates can be rented for 2 leva per hour.
There are 250 pairs of skates available, ranging from size 27 to size 47. Also there will be free lessons for those who are not confident in their skating skills.
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.