Traditions

Svilengrad Malebi

Svilengrad has been keeping the secret of the velvet malebi for a century

For a century now, a city has kept the secret of an ancient, velvety-tasting dessert – the Svilengrad “Malebi”. Today, only one family knows the secret recipe and continues its production. In the family confectionery workshop, outsiders are not allowed, and photos are not allowed, because the recipe, technology, and production facilities are part of a deeply kept secret. The participants in the gastro tour “Wine, Sakar and Svilengrad Malebi – an unexpectedly good combination!” will be dedicated to it. The tasting of Svilengrad Malebi is the focus of this journey back in time, among the depths of history, tastes, and wine.

Нестинари

Fire-dancing – the beautiful pagan custom in the Strandzha mountain

Fire-dancing is one of the most beautiful pagan customs which still exists in the Bulgarian part of Strandzha mountain. We celebrate it every year on May 21 when the feast of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena is. Both saints are considered patrons of fire dancers, known as “nestinari” in Bulgarian.

Бяла лястовица

A magical white swallow still brings hope in the Bulgarian Dobrudzha

Dobrudzha is among the favorite places of the Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov. He points the region out as a source of inspiration. The Bulgarian master of the stories has lived in Dobrudzha for about 10 years but that period has been a source of lots of creative fantasies for him. There Yovkov created some of his most magical and captivating plots.

Нагорещени камъни

Cooking food with hot stones – one of the old Bulgarian traditions

The preparation of food and drink with the help of hot stones is an ancient technology, mastered to perfection in Bulgaria. In the 1940s and 1950s, the shepherds from Targovishte area regularly diversified their lunch from bread, some cheese, and onions, with pumpkin roasted directly on the field.

Сапун

How the Gabrovo masters have been making soap for more than 200 years

The masters of soap from the Gabrovo region, Bulgaria, are the only ones in our country who have preserved the craft of soap making for more than two centuries. They were the first who created Bulgarian toilet soap in order to stop the invasion of imported soap. They also managed to withstand the market pressure of cheap soaps from the Greek island of Crete.

Маджун от диня

“Madzhun” from watermelon and sugar broom – the honey for the poor of Dobrudzha

Sweet “madzhun”, also called “the honey for the poor”, usually is made from sugar cane and sugar beet, watermelon, grapes, pumpkin, prunes, sugar broom. Actually, it is a concentrated syrup of sweet fruit.

Зелено сирене от Черни Вит

The Green cheese from Cherni Vit – without analog on The Balkans

The only green mold cheese in the Balkans is made in the Bulgarian village of Cherni Vit. It is one of the three kinds of cheese in Europe that develop mold naturally. The tasting of green cheese is the focus of our gastronomic tour “Green cheese, krockmach and apple halva”, which we organize in this part of Bulgaria.

Rakarnik

The wonderful cuisine of the villages in the foothills of the Belasitsa mountain

The cuisine of the Bulgarian villages at the foot of the border mountain Belasitsa is diverse and interesting, but little known to Bulgarians and foreign foodies. That’s why we have included the culinary journey there in our gastro and cultural tour “In the mountain of sweet chestnuts”.

Стария Пловдив

The taste of Plovdiv à la Bulgarian, Armenian, Turkish and Greek style!

The restaurants in the Old Town, the coffee in a cezve, brewed on the sand in the small oriental cafe under the mosque, the restaurant gardens, surrounded by figs and vines, nostalgically attract everyone. This is also part of the philosophy of the multiethnic city – to bring together a Turk, a Greek, an Italian, an Armenian, and a Russian at the Bulgarian table.