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Farmville - Yogurt, Meat and Wine

‘A person engaged in agriculture, raising living organisms for food or raw materials.’ Probably, this is the first simplistic definition, which comes to our mind when thinking about a farmer’s profession and vocation. 

However, to be a successful farmer, one should first and foremost, love and respect the nature, demonstrate a passion for the outdoors, knowledge of agricultural machinery, and physical stamina. Last but not least, the farmer knows and respects the local traditions where his livelihood stems from.  

Welcome to an inspiring journey through the magnificent nature and artisan traditions of the Balkan mountain region. During our trip, we are going to visit family businesses in key industries from various places and will get familiar with the farmer’s job in Bulgaria.  

 

Our first stop will be the famous Ledenika cave, where we will see the variety of Bulgarian nature. The cave features an abundance of galleries and impressive karst formations including stalactites and stalagmites. А professional guide will explain the wonders inside and give us overview of the region and how it was formed. Afterwards, we will walk around the city of Vratsa and have a lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will be guests in the farm of Parshevitsa, one of the biggest dairy producers in Bulgaria. There, we will see the pedigree, milky goats, and small orangery with homegrown agricultures, free of any chemicals. The business owners - family Zorovi will make a presentation of their company along with cheese testing.  

The next day we will be traveling to Troyan Monastery, which is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria and a pilgrimage site for many Christians. Inside, we will see an icon of St. George which is considered to have miraculous powers and the room where Bulgarian revolutionary Vasil Levski was hiding during the Ottoman period. We’ll finish this amazing day in a cozy hotel in Troyan with traditional Bulgarian dinner. 

Our next stop is Gabrovo city, well known for its clothes, leather goods, and accessories production, as well as manufactories for machine tools, footwear, electrical and textile machinery. There, Vatevi family -one of the biggest meat producers in Bulgaria, will present their family business, will make a demonstration of the meat producing process and testing of their delicious meat products.  

The next day of our Farmville tour is dedicated to the family business of winery Chateau Copsa. We will witness the process of wine making and walk around the vineyards. Later, we will enjoy a wine testing with the best wines, selected especially for us by the owner. Mrs. Minkova will present interesting details about her family business as well.   

Delighted by the beauty of all these places, we will travel back to Sofia. Our lunch will take place in a unique restaurant, blending traditions and newest trends, called Rocket Rakia Bar. The interior exhibits items linked to Bulgarian culture back in the days of Communism. Finally, we will experience Rakia, typical Bulgarian drink in various tastes.

Program

Please note that the program is subject to changes. 

 

Sunday, 5 June 

Arrival at Sofia Airport. Check-in to Millennium Hotel. 

19:30 – 22:00   Informal dinner  

 

Monday, 6 June 

08:00 – 09:00  Breakfast at the hotel restaurant 

09:00 – 11:00  Travel to Ledenika Cave 

11:00 – 12:30  Visit Ledenika Cave 

13:10 – 14:30  Lunch in Green Hotel, Parshevitsa 

14:30 – 17:30  Testing Bulgarian cheese bites and wine, meeting the business owner family Zorovi 

18:00 – 18:30  Check-in to hotel Leva

18:30 – 20:00  Walk in the town of Vratsa  

20:00 - 22:00   Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Tuesday, 7 June 

09:00 – 10:00  Traditional Bulgarian breakfast at the restaurant of the hotel with mekitsa (deep fried flatbread)  

11:00 - 13:30   Travel to Troyan Monastery  

13:30 – 14:30  Lunch in Taverna Merak  

15:00 – 16:30  Troyan Monastery  

16:30 – 17:30  Travel to the hotel in Troyan 

17:30 – 18:00  Check in to Chateau Montagne hotel in Troyan 

18:00 - 19:00   Walking around Troyan 

19:00 - 20:00   Free time 

20:30 - 22:30   Dinner at the hotel restaurant 

 

Wednesday, 8 June 

08:00 – 09:00  Breakfast at the hotel 

09:00 – 10:30  Travel to Gabrovo 

10:30 – 11:30  Family visit – „Tandem“ with the hosts Vatevi Family - tasting meat and learning the company story  

11:30 – 13:30  Travel to Chateau Copsa 

13:30 – 14:00  Check-in to Chateau Copsa  

14:00 – 15:00  Lunch in Chateau Copsa 

15:00 – 17:00  Wine testing, tour around and family business presentation

17:00 – 20:00  Free time, walk around the valley / Optional: walk in Karlovo

20:00 – 22:00  Dinner at Chateau Copsa  

Thursday, 9 June 

09:00 – 10:00   Breakfast at the hotel 

10:30 – 13:00   Travel to Sofia 

13:30 – 14:30   Lunch in Sofia 

15:00                Travel to the Summit venue

Useful information 

• Arrival airport: Sofia Airport 

• Recommended arrival date in the city: Sunday 5 June, afternoon 

• Accommodation: shared rooms 

• Dress code: wear comfortable casual clothes and shoes. Do not forget to bring a light jacket, because of the season and air-conditioning. 

• Number of participants per learning journey is limited - first come first served!  Approx 30 people per Learning Journey

• For any questions, please contact us: ljs@fbn.bg 

   Hosts: Tandem – V Ltd.