In addition to the rich flora, Armenia is famous for its annual festivals. Each of them has its own peculiarities and is called to present the Armenian cultures and customs.
One of the most delicious festivals in Armenia is the Dolma Festival, and almost everyone is looking forward to it. It often happens in 22 May in Zvartnots temple.
Dolma is one of the traditional dishes of Armenian cuisine. All the participants of the festival have the opportunity to taste the dolma made from different places of Armenia, made with age-old recipes. And at the hottest moment of the festival, various competitions are organized, one of which is, for example, the preparation of the longest or largest dolma.
The barbecue festival is one of the most beloved festivals of Armenians. The annual Pan-Armenian Barbecue Festival has been held since 2009 in the town of Akhtala, Lori region, in the yard of Surb Astvatsatsin Church. The presentation of the cuisine is not only a celebration of the kitchen, but also an opportunity to present the national type and ancient cultural traditions, to once again remember our roots and to present to the world the rich heritage created.
Representatives of non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, restaurants and cafes take part in the festival. Moreover, individual cooks from Armenia and different countries of the world also take part in the barbecue festival. And by participating in the festival, you will have the opportunity to taste the most delicious barbecue made with different recipes.
In addition, in 2017, the organizers declared Akhtala the world barbecue capital.
What else is needed in the summer heat if not cold and sweet watermelon? The watermelon festival is one of the most favorite festivals of the residents and non-residents of the capital Yerevan, hosted here. It takes place in July in the Swan Lake Park in Yerevan. Here you can taste juicy, refreshing watermelon while enjoying pleasant music everywhere. And the entrance to the festival is free.
Armenia has its own traditions of beer production, which many modern beer producers respect. And it is during the beer festival that you can taste a variety of local soft drinks, such as a wide range of beer appetizers - sausages, peas, delicious Sean crayfish. The festival takes place in August in the center of Yerevan, in Swan Lake Park.
Yerevan TARAZ fest
The national costume festival is held in August on Northern Avenue, right in the center of the Armenian capital. Costumes from different regions of the country are presented during this festival, as well as hand embroidery. And if you want to go back to the old days, then during this festival, those who wish can have the opportunity to try on national costumes and jewelry and take pictures.
Every September, in the village of Khachik, Vayots Dzor, Armenia, a gata festival dedicated to the most delicious Armenian desserts made of flour, butter and sugar takes place. During the festival, visitors can try the traditional gata, witness its preparation, enjoy folk music and dances, participate in games, shop at the local arts and crafts fair. And the brightest event of the festival is the tasting of the largest gata with a diameter of 2m, prepared by the village confectioners.
Tea and coffee festival
Tea and Coffee Festival in one of the most beautiful places of Yerevan, near Swan Lake, unites all tea and coffee lovers. Visitors take a walk around the lake on mild autumn days, enjoying both popular and new brands of tea and coffee. A wide selection of herbs, berries and fruit teas allow you to enjoy the fragrant products of the Armenian Highlands after the summer. Visitors can taste and buy tea or coffee while learning how to make them.
A special wine festival is organized in September in Areni community for wine lovers. Wine tasting and getting acquainted with the Armenian traditions of winemaking are an integral part of the events.
In addition to the festival organized in Areni, a wine festival is also organized in May on Saryan Street in Yerevan. Visitors are greeted with delicious Armenian dishes, pleasant music, and, of course, a wide range of local wines is served throughout the street. For wine tasting, participants can purchase tickets on the spot, which are valid on all days of the festival.
The ecotourism festival takes place in Artavan village of Vayots Dzor region, mainly in June. A number of events take place during the festival: an exhibition-sale of agricultural products, an exhibition of ecotourism services, environmental organizations, eco-tours (hiking, butterfly observation, fauna, etc.), astronomy, as well as conversations about bonfires.
Honey and Berries Festival
The harvest and goodness of Tavush, the pure honey, the handicrafts and the song and dance are gathered in one place, in the honey-fruit festival. Residents of Berd region and neighboring communities present their crops and berries, berries, honey and handicrafts in separate pavilions.
The idea of the festival is to show that you can organize your own business here without leaving your home and looking for a job in other places. All the conditions are created for the visitors to "have a good time", to taste ecologically clean food, to get acquainted with the tourist opportunities of Tavush. Experience shows that visitors fall in love with both the nature of Tavush and delicious dishes.
The mulberry festival takes place in the regions of Armenia where mulberry grows abundantly, the locals have established traditions of making different goods from mulberry.
The celebration is mainly organized in Syunik region, near Amaras monastery in Artsakh. The festival begins with the old tradition of shaking mulberries.
Guests can taste the goods presented at the exhibition-sale, get them, as well as how to distill mulberry vodka and make doshab.
Starmus International Festival
In 2021, the Starmus International Festival will be held in Armenia for the first time. The Minister of High-Tech Industry Hakob Arshakyan stated this on January 24 from the tribune of the parliament.
More than 70,000 people took part in it last year, and the grand prize went to world-famous American businessman and billionaire Elon Musk. The Minister expressed confidence that the upcoming festival will be successful and will arouse great interest all over the world.
The Starmus International Festival is dedicated to astronomy, space exploration, music, the arts and related sciences such as biology and chemistry. It was founded by Professor Garik Israelyan, an astrophysicist at the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics and a doctor at La Laguna University.
If you are a fan of wine, beer or delicious food, then Armenia is the most convenient place to participate in festivals and have a good time. The Positive Day Tour always organizes tours to the most beautiful sights of Armenia, the most important of which are tours to the most colorful and interesting festivals.