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Tomorrow we mark 22nd March – the Day of Veliko Tarnovo

Ivan Asen II

Bulgaria in 1230.

The official date on which we celebrate the day of Veliko Tarnovo is March, 22nd. The date is related to the victory of Tsar Ivan Asen II over the ruler of the Despotate of Epirus, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, in the battle of Klokotnitsa (near the nowadays town of Haskovo).  The battle in which the Bulgarian tsar defeated and captured Theodore Komnenos took place on the 22 March 1230. Continue Reading

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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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Audio information system in English on Tsarevets Fortress

The renowned Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo now has an operating audio information system, it was announced by the Regional History Museum. People visiting the Fortress can now learn about upcoming exhibitions at the museum, sites opening hours, places to visit and various events in VT. The system is operating both in Bulgarian and English; it will also be giving general safety advice to adhere to while visiting the Tsarevets Fortress. On opening and closing times the Veliko Tarnovo hymn will be played over the audio system – that is the Shishman song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndu3xs11I_E). The Tsarevgrad Tarnov Municipal Tourist Agency is planning to include few more language options based on analyses made on the tourist flow visiting the place. The system comprises of 50 audio stations, mounted across the Tsarevets Hill. The network was built under an Enhancement of Tourist Attractions and Related Infrastructure Scheme funded by Regional Development Operational Programme.

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My Small Garden Campaign starts for the 4th time in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is organizing My Small Garden Campaign for the fourth consecutive year. Its aim is to stimulate citizens’ activity to turn the spaces between buildings they live in, allocated for growing flowers and decorative bushes but now left unkempt, into beautifully arranged gardens again.

House owners and representatives of homeowners associations in Veliko Tarnovo can take part in the campaign. What they need to do is describe the plot which is to be cultivated, enumerate the plant species they want to grow and present papers proving ownership or minutes from the Homeowners General Meeting. Application are to be accepted from 1st till 31st March.

Afterwards a special commission will inspect all yards enlisted for participation and will hand out the plants.

The campaign started in 2013; 88 trees and 812 bushes were planted last year

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