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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Tasty combo – lyutenitsa spread on a slice of bread and garnished with white cheese
Tomorrow, 18th September, Lyaskovets, near Veliko Tarnovo, is hosting a contest for the tastiest home-made lyutenitsa. The winner from the last year’s edition of the competition, Mariyka Baycheva from Merdanya, is going to demonstrate how she prepares her delicious tomato and red-pepper spread in front of the audience so if you want to get the knack of how to cook a tasty lyutenitsa, now is the time to do it.
During last year’s fest
The fifth edition of the Day of the Chicken Soup Culinary Feast (Den na kokoshata chorba) will be held on September 12, 2015 in the village of Kozarevets, near Veliko Tarnovo. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Saturday after the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is marked on the fixed date of September, 8th. This Saturday the open fire pots for the chicken soup will be lit at 8.30 am at the park in front of the community centre in the village. Twelve culinary teams have submitted applications for participation – teams from Lyaskovets, Zlataritsa, Dzhulyunitsa, Dragizhevo, Dobri Dyal, Merdanya, Yantra, Strelets and Varbitsa.