Bulgarians consume an average of 73.5 litre of beer per capita each year. The data put us even in front of beer lovers in UK, but of course behind Czechs and Germans renowned for their love for the amber brew. Both Veliko Tarnovo based breweries, Bolyarka and Britos, have invested greatly in their business over the last years. They are both members of the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria which this year marks its 25th anniversary. Another anniversary to be marked this year is 135 years of brewing industry in Bulgaria. Brewers in Bulgaria marked an increase of 4% in beer sales across the country.
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.
On 5th, 6th and 7th June Veliko Tarnovo will mark the third birthday of Britos Brewery with a large fest. A variety of interesting events will be organized during the three days with the venues being Asenevtsi Monument, Druzhba Park and Ivaylo Town Stadium. The organizers of the Summer Fest are hoping that over the years it will establish itself as traditional for Veliko Tarnovo and it will be celebrated every year at the beginning of June.
The 3-day festive programme includes a number of games and competitions, streetball and volleyball tournaments, beach tennis, dance lessons and lots more (Saturday and Sunday, Druzhba Park, between 11 am and 6 pm) .