340 exhibitors are expected to present the finest of their animals, farming machinery and crafts at the coming Fourth Sheep Breeders’ Fair. It will take place at the Petropavlovski monastery, near Arbanasi from 8th to 10th May. The fair is one of its kind in Europe and is expected to attract participators from more than 13 countries. Organizers are promising lots of events and good mood during the three days. Two stages will be set up; they will host a number of concerts and events. There will be also a many competitions, among which sheering and milking contests, dog exhibition, cooking shows and oil wrestling.
The number of visitors this year is expected to reach 150 000 people. Besides sheep, goats, dogs and horses also donkeys will be featured for the first time this year. Producers of dairy and meat products will also present their delicacies; stalls will be set up where people can taste them and buy some if they like them. A number of agricultural machinery manufacturers and fodder companies will present their goods. A variety of crafts will also be demonstrated (pottery, confectionary and cowbells making). Kids will also be occupied during the fest; a number of workshops will be set up where they can try carpet weaving, pottery and wood carving.
The renowned Bulgaria show cook Uti Bachvarov will be preparing tempting meals during the three days. On the day of the opening he will present century old recipes for lamb and mutton. During the second day he will host a lamb deboning competition. The last day of the fair will see him cooking kurban chorba (sacrificial soup) and lamb with onions. There will be a contest for tastiest Bulgarian sirene (white cheese) and kashkaval (yellow cheese) and whole lambs will be slow-cooked over open fires (the so-called cheverme).
A folklore contest will also be held; it will feature more than 2100 singers and performers, the youngest artist being just 4 years old.