Sylvia Katsarova, Valya Balkanska and Contests for Homemade Brandy at the Plum Festival

If you want to try home-made plum brandy and the appropriate appetizers to it, as well as to enjoy Bulgarian musical stars of different generations and styles, do not miss the Plum Festival held from 22nd to 24th September in Troyan and the village of Oreshak. Every day in the mountain town you can get acquainted with the traditional handicrafts of the Street of Crafts and to participate in art-workshops for making ceramics, carving, working with natural materials, decoration of fabrics and drawing.

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In the village of Oreshak, during the three days of the festival, you will enjoy the demonstrations of recognized culinary chefs and delicious surprises. During the three days of the event, you can see and buy traditional plum products such as brandy, jam, and souvenirs during the traditional bazaar. The Oreshak program opens on 22nd of September with the performance of the Municipal Youth Brass Band and Cheerleaders. The concert of the duet Dimitar Atanasov and Hristo Mladenov starts at 01.30 p.m.


Plum Festival Troyan

The contest for the best home-made plum brandy and the best dish to drink it with can be traced from 12 o’clock on 23 September in the village. Following are the performances of the acoustic guitar of Dobromir Disshev and the soloists of vocal composition “Smiley”. The concert of the Bulgarian singer Silvia Katsarova loved by several generations begins at 1 p.m. On the 24th, the music program continues with the dance formation “Magia” from Lovech and the unique Valya Balkanska and the bagpipes from the Orpheus group.

On 22nd September in the town of Troyan at 12 o’clock starts a festive concert of ensemble “Bulgare”, after which the audience will rejoice local dancing ensembles. On 23rd of September at 11 a.m. there will be a procession of the participants at the festival with dancing attractions, bagpipes, and many surprises. At 11.30 a.m. is going to start the making of the traditional Bulgarian plum brandy. Throughout the day, local and visiting artists will appear on stage. At 1 p.m. you can taste traditional culinary delights prepared by local craftsmen.

The competition for home-made plum brandy starts at 3 p.m. and the participants will be evaluated by both the professional jury and the audience. At 04.30 p.m. there are demonstrations of color arrangement, and from 7 p.m. starts the concert of Vladi Ampov-Grafa. On 24th of September, the program of the festival continues with culinary surprises from Uti Bachvarov, an open stage for local and guest ensembles, awarding the winners of the festival competitions, tossing the lottery and closing the festival with a Zornitsa Ensemble concert.

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