Pan-Armenian Khorovats (Barbecue) Festival

Experience Armenian hospitality and traditional Khorovats.

Pan-Armenian Khorovats (Barbecue) Festival
mapAkhtala, Lori calendar 22/08/2020 iconsFree

You can smell The Pan-Armenian Khorovats (Barbecue) Festival long before you arrive. With flavorful meat and vegetables slow-roasting over hot coals, you’ll never think of barbecue the same way again. The Festival is located in Akhtala of the Lori region - which boasts the title of “the Khorovats capital city.” Cooks representing different restaurants, bars, and various organizations participate in the festival, serving up khorovats and competing against each other.

Visitors can taste pork, beef, mutton, fish and vegetable barbecues followed by the award ceremony for best flavor, best look, and best concept. It is said that one of the best ways to get to know a culture is through its people and national cuisine. The Pan-Armenian Khorovats festival offers both.

UPCOMING FESTIVALS

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Tolma Festival

23.05 > 23.05

Every year food lovers from Armenia and beyond gather to celebrate and eat as many tolma as possible.

Tolma is a stuffed vegetable dish that is common in Armenia and the surrounding regions. This annual event is all about cooking and eating, as Armenian tolma-makers gather to prepare tolma using forgotten and rare recipes. Cooks take part in a competition for the most unique recipe. During the Festival, visitors have the chance to taste more than 60 types of dolma filled with lamb, lenten, mushroom, basturma, and countless other ingredients.

Wear stretchy pants and be prepared to indulge in this most delicious piece of the Armenian cuisine.

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Sheep Shearing Festival

06.06 > 06.06

Do you ever wonder where wool comes from?
At the annual Sheep Shearing Festival in Syunik’s Khot village, visitors can experience the thousands of years old tradition of shearing sheep to produce wool yarns. Traditionally these yarns were then used to weave carpets and other textiles for practical use. Watch locals participate in shearing competitions, buy wool and other locally-made products, enjoy music and dance, and try homemade food and drinks unique to the region. The festival is organized by Strategic Development Agency NGO to promote local products, traditions and culture of Vayots Dzor, Syunik, Shirak, Lori, Gegharkunik regions of Armenia, as well as to develop rural tourism for regional economic development.