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.
Pavlikeni 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.
Citizens 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.
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.
Foreign investors are to build the first settlement for astronomical observations in Bulgaria. It will be located in the Balkan Mountains, in an area between Gabrovo and Dryanovo. This is the darkest part of Bulgaria, away from the lights of towns and other human activity, which might interfere with astronomical observations.
The so-called Star Village will hosts festivals, workshops and training courses. The goal for the place is to become an educational and research center for professionals and lovers of astronomy, said the creator of the project David Hollands.
Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to combine their vacation with practical work, observations and even astrophotography.
The village will have a visitors’ center, a private observatory, conference halls and a modern residential, educational and scientific complex. The Star village should be ready in early 2017.
А street fitness competition is being organized for a second year in Veliko Tarnovo. The event will be held on March 26 (Saturday) in Druzhba Park. Dozens of competitors from across the country are expected to arrive to take part in the clash.
The competition will be in freestyle format; what will be assessed is endurance, performance and attractiveness. Some of the participants have been practicing this sport for years and have even competed abroad. There will also be girls willing to show their skills.
Male contestants will be divided into two age groups and girls will be competing in a separate category. Of course there is a prize for the winners.
Participants can sign up on the very same day from 11 am at Druzhba Park.
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.