Ge­or­gia FES­TI­VAL MUST-SEE: CHEESE (AND WINE) FES­TI­VALS EX­PE­RI­ENCE CHEESE ( AND WINE) F E S T I VALS

Oc­to­ber ( TBC)

Asian Geographic - - West Asia -

Cheese and wine lovers – as­sem­ble! Ev­ery year, Ge­or­gia hosts their Cheese Fes­ti­val, which is or­gan­ised by the Ge­or­gian agri­cul­tural min­istry. In 2015, the fes­ti­val went in­ter­na­tional, draw­ing in out­side cheese­mak­ers from neigh­bour­ing Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia. Vis­i­tors can sam­ple hun­dreds of va­ri­eties of cheese: hard dambal-kha­cho, spicy guda cul­ti­vated in a sheep­skin bag, te­nili, and cheeses soaked in a va­ri­ety of flavourants and spices. Cheese­mak­ers show­case their an­cient tools and meth­ods used in the tra­di­tional modes of cheese­mak­ing. Vis­i­tors also have the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple Ge­or­gian wine and honey.

If you have the time, try and co­or­di­nate your trip to co­in­cide with the Ge­or­gian Wine Fes­ti­val, which also takes place in Oc­to­ber in Tb­lisi. Ge­or­gia is home to one of the old­est wine re­gions in the world! The at­mos­phere is elec­tric, with per­for­mances of Ge­or­gian mu­sic, na­tional folk dances and a cir­cu­lat­ing troupe of mime artists.

The wine helps the mood, too.

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