12th of October, 2019, Sofia
The first Farmer’s Market “Pendara” at the Zhenski Pazar Market opened its doors with around 50 exhibitors from the entire country. The aim of the organizers is to accentuate on Bulgarian traditional production and support small starting farms and craftsmen, who present new producers and products, innovations, cosmetics – and all of this on the background of culinary magic – regular demonstrations and tastes of chefs, who will show us how to use the farmer’s products on the table according to our traditional gastronomic heritage. Organizers of the market are Foundation “Localfood.bg” and “Pazari Vazrazhdane.”
Exactly at 11:00 AM started the first for the market demonstration of chef Rosen Chakarov and his culinary project “Zhivodar – culinary stories on two wheels”, who showed to the hundreds of visitors how to prepare quail’s eggs from the small family farm Green Living Farm by a new recipe. After lunch at 2 PM we will be expected by chef Desi Slavcheva, who will demonstrate the magic of Bulgarian spices.
The organizers declare that the culinary demonstrations will be constant practice. There will be participation from restaurants, Streed food initiatives and chefs, and the aim will be to accentuate on the recovery of the Bulgarian taste and the national production.
They will present to the visitors of the market food and beverages prepard with Bulgarian ingredients, but presented as a variety of cuisines – from the traditional Bulgarian, through the burgers in American Style, to the tendencies in the meatless, glutenless, lactoseless and other kinds of dietary nutrition. Among the leading participants in the culinary zone will be Andre Tokev with his project ORYZA.
“To us it is a great pleasure that at the Zhenski Pazar Market, every Saturday there will be organized a Farmer’s Market of a new type – starting Bulgarian producers and craftsmen, whom we will support to find their market niche. The citizens and the guests of the capital will be able to come to the Zhenski Pazar Market every Saturday to buy friut and vegetables for themselves, to try delicious artizan foods but also to submerge in a different experience,” said Dragomir Dimitrov, an executive director of “Pazari Vazrazhdane”, the communal association which administers Zhenski Pazar Market.
Among the exhibitors at the Farmer’s Market “Pendara” are farms for fruit and vegetables, producers of dairy and meat products – among them are the Farm Brodilovo, the dairy Keffa, which presents sheep and cow milk products and Angus Catering – for veal and products based on it, which will be prepared in place and the guests of the Farmer’s Market will be able to try them. Fruit Chips Syr Nice will show dehydrated fruit and vegetable chips, and Home Candy and Fruit Chips will remind us of the taste of forgotten sweets. The small family farm Green Living Farm offers quail’s eggs and unique paste from them. The Rabbit’s House looks after its rabbits with food that does not contain GMO and the company will also offer us production by a traditional Bulgarian recipe. Tom Conserv is a family producer of liutenitsas and vegetable pastes by old village recipes, and the farm of Venets is a farm cooperative, which will offer fruit and juice to the citizens of the capital raised in their own permacultural gardens. In the farmer’s zones of the market will be included also producers of the traditional candies, the oldest produced tahini from the village of Plavun, Ivailovgrad, the company Sam 86 for bee products, artizan’s bread with kvas, honey and bee products, bio wines and vinegars and many other projects like Divata Shipka for example – a farm which looks after spelt and walnuts in the village of Nikolovo, Rousse, and will present its new and interesting products on the Farmer’s Market “Pendara.”
The platform of the Farmer’s Market “Pendara” has got a capacity of over 100 participants divided in two blocks and three product zones – “Friut and Vegetables,” “Dairy and Meat” and “Other Foods and Beverages,” which will be situated at the Zhenski Pazar Market in the space between the streets “Simeon” and “Kiril and Metodii.”
You can follow the current information for the event on the Facebook page of Farmer’s Market Pendara.