Very soon cricket fans in Bulgaria and mainly Veliko Tarnovo – Gabrovo area will have a place where they can hold competitions and coaching seminars and of course practice their favourite sport. The cricket centre will be located 10 km from the centre of Gabrovo, along the Gabrovo – Sevlievo road, under the Winding Wall Ancient Fortress.
The place will span over 20,000 sqm. The first stage of the stadium construction has started but more work is needed – the installation of the irrigation system, seeding of the field, completion of the stands and locker rooms. Hopes are high that the first official match and the grand opening will happen in July 2017.
Bolyari Moto Club is organizing a national gathering for the ATV riders on 24th and 25th September. The host of the events is Balkana Holiday Complex (GPS coordinates: N43.045032, Е26.029336) in the village of Kalaydzhii, near Zlataritsa. The organizers are promising new courses combining enduro both for experts and beginners. Saturday and Sunday will see lots of competitive races and provide you with the opportunity to try the off-road routes just for fun. Prizes will be provided for the top riders. This year the ATV lovers gathering coincides with the official holiday of Kalaydzhii.
Balkana Holiday Complex: http://www.ambaritsa.com/index.php/seliste
Nikyup will once again become the capital of watermelons – the Fifth Watermelon Fest will take place on 6th August. Nikyup is famous for growing some of the sweetest watermelons in Bulgaria. The official kick-start of the fest is at 6 pm. Various singing groups and dancing ensembles will perform during the event keeping up the good spirits. There will be also carving demonstration showing interesting techniques for the transformation of a watermelon into a sculpture. A number of competitions will also take place – watermelon eating, watermelon rolling and watermelon weight guessing contests. A procession with watermelon lanterns will also take place. 5 tonnes of watermelons are expected to be eaten during the fest.
The 12th edition of the Tvarditsa – Elena Rally 2016 is to be held on 15th, 16th and 17th July. It is part of the national rally championship organized by the Bulgarian Automobile Sport Federation. The total length of this stage is 295 km; 130 km of them are competitive and will be divided into 11 legs.
The official opening is on 15th July from 9 pm in Tvarditsa town square.
Citizens and guest of Veliko Tarnovo are to be indulged with an unforgettable four-day experience during the Balkan grill festival Veliko Tarnovo Mezi* which will be held from 26th till 29th May at the circus site behind Billa Store. Admission is free and organizers are promising fun, sports activities, music and delicious food prepared by the best masters of the grill from Serbia, Turkey, Macedonia and Greece. Activities and stalls open from 10 am till 10 pm each day.
The event coincides with the fourth anniversary of the leading brewery in Veliko Tarnovo – Britos. 1000 gifts and 100 liters of free beer will be distributed by the brewery as part of the awards during the festival. The amount of beer that will be consumed during the feast is a hard task to measure and no one is willing to predict it.
During the four day there will be all-day music program, children’s Sports Academy, five-hours long concerts, children’s workshops, dance workshops, family relay, mini football, street ball for children, children rides and for the first time in Bulgaria – Bubble football and paintball with bows; there will also be a Backgammon and Belote tournaments.
A huge cinema screen will broadcast the greatest matches in the history of Bulgarian football every night from 8 pm as well as the Champions League Final.
*Meze n. (Mezi v.) is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers.