Armenian Festivals 2013
8-11 JULY: TOLMA FESTIVAL (Sardarapat, Armavir region). Tolma (Armenian national meat dish) is one of the most favorite and popular dish for Armenians. The aim of the festival is making the traditional dishes public and establishing of intangible cultural values in the name of Armenian cuisine. Reportedly the demonstration of the dish as Armenian, denying the wrong spread opinion that tolma has Turkey roots is included in the frame of the “Tolma festival”. Tolma preparing needs long period of time and has difficult technology. Traditional “tolma” is made from lamb and grape leaf. During the festival different types of tolma (more than 60) made by representatives of different villages and regions are represented.
8 SEPTEMBER: BARBEQUE FESTIVAL (Akhtala, Lori region). The aim of the “Barbeque festival” is to present and spread Armenian traditional cuisine, as well as to further the development of local tourism. During the festival you will have the opportunity to taste different types of traditional Armenian barbeque. Festival program includes representation of different ways of barbeque making, professional barbecue makers competition, home-made barbeque makers competition, holiday concert and other interesting activities.
5 OCTOBER: ARENI WINE FESTIVAL (Areni, Vayots Dzor region). Traditional “Areni Wine Festival” is great opportunity to explore Armenia. Wine producing factories and individual wine producers present their products and you will be given an opportunity to taste Armenian wines and find the best one for you. The program of events includes traditional dancing, singing, food making and tasting, wine-making and tasting, traditional games and competitions.