A few weeks ago, on the 16th of March 2015 we organised a Bulgarian Food Evening to celebrate the new tourist season. Our hosts from Dorset in the United Kingdom made us and our guests from far and wide feel at home. Specially prepared traditional Bulgarian foods were presented to the guests accompanied by drinks brought all the way from Bulgaria!
Among the guest’s favourite dishes were the rose shaped homemade bread, patatnik – a traditional Rhodope Mountains dish made of potatoes, banitsa – a pastry dish with white Bulgarian brine cheese and a beautifully presented shopska salad made of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, spring onions and cheese. The first thing to go from the table were the grilled courgettes with a very distinctive sauce made of yoghurt, dill and garlic. The guests also enjoyed a selection of traditional flat sausages like Lukanka and Sudzhuk as well as a selection of Bulgarian Cheese.
The variety of Bulgarian drinks were also well appreciated and expectedly the top position was occupied by the selection of Bulgarian wines. The season dictated the choice of mostly red ones – Merlo, Cabernet and the unique Bulgarian Mavrud that can be produced only in the southern part of the country because of the mild winter and hot long sunny summer. In addition our guests were treated with homemade Rakia from the region of Melnik – an alcohol beverage from the brandy family with mild taste and a warming effect. The drink challenge of the evening was called Boza – a sweet thick beige colour drink made from fermented baked wheat. Everyone brave enough to try it was quite surprised that we usually have it for breakfast. You can read more about Bulgarian food on our Culture page.
The presentation evening gave an insight into many of the activities we run here at Bulgarian Adventure tours from our day trips to week long tours, adventures and the relaxing SPA holidays. The presentation provoked many questions varying from practical issues like the currency in Bulgaria and the exchange rates, weather, flights and transport to a very specific topics like the history of Bulgaria, Folklore festivals and the hot mineral springs.
It was a successful evening and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as well as the Bulgarian food. Thank you to everyone who came, we cannot wait to show you all the wonders of Bulgaria this season and spread the word even further!