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Food - culture and wisdom from the rural areas of Bulgaria

Last August 25th, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., with a discussion meeting, at the Earth Market in Cherni Vit, Bulgaria.


On 25th August, Cherni Vit village hosted a discussion meeting on the food as a major part of the rural culture in Bulgaria. This is the first of series of events with which Slow Food in Bulgaria joins the Good Food March to Brussels - an initiative that will travel through Europe and will unite farmers, citizens, and youth who want a more sustainable and fair Common Agriculotural Policy (CAP).
From 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in the Earth Market of Cherni Vit visitors found artisan food and handicrafts. In the afternoon, from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. a round table took place with Dr. Dessislava Dimitrova and Tzvetan Dimitrov with the topic "The cultural identity of Bulgarians and preservation of disappearing folklore and food". From 4 to 5.30 p.m. the kids met Yolanta Delibozova (Yoli) and her exquisite gastronomic skills.

The event took place in parallel with the folklore festival "From Timok to Vit", the aim of which is to give a new urge and stimulus to the rural communities who study, preserve and promote the folklore arts and Bulgarian food - a natural and undervalued resource for sustainable livelihoods in many Bulgarian villages seized by abandonment. The unique tastes and artisan food production are part of the intangible cultural heritage of local communities. This heritage is threatened by extinction due to the weak economic development in the area, shortsighted policy and undervaluing the role of gastronomy as part of the national identity. Their preservation is possible only if the rural areas and local communities are alive and active and practice their traditional lifestyles.

The Good Food March, in which more than 15 European countries will participate will end in Brussels on September 19 with a conference at the European Parliament with the participation, among others, of EU Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolo, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and Slow Food President Carlo Petrini. The conference is organized by Slow Food and ARC2020 to present the demands of civil society to decision-makers in Brussels.
The forthcoming reform of the CAP will determine the future of food and agriculture in Europe, and for this reason it must include the active participation of citizens in shaping the policy. The Good Food March provides a vehicle for those European citizens who do not want to accept a world dominated by agribusiness farming, but demand instead good, clean and fair food for all.
The Good Food March is organized by ARC 2020, Slow Food, the European Milk Board, The European Coordination Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU Group, Meine Landwirtschaft and Groupe PAC 2013 and many others. For further information:

Register for the conference CAP Reform 2020 - An Opportunity for European Democracy at the following link:


For further information
Slow Food Press Office
Paola Nano +39 329 83 212 85


Association of Slow Food Convivia in Bulgaria
Dessislava Dimitrova
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