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Cherry Festival in Kyustendil 2024, Bulgaria

Cherry is one of the symbols of the city of Kyustendil

Dates: June 28-30, 2024

Cherry Festival in Kyustendil
Cherry Festival in Kyustendil
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Since 1896, the city of Kyustendil has welcomed the bright and sweet Cherry Festival, which is held every June. All varieties of cherries from manufacturers all over the country are on display in the City Garden. In parallel, the "Cherry in Crafts" is held, where you can observe various competitions for "Biggest cherry," "Best arranged cherry stand," and others. The folk festival "Chereshchitsa Rod Rodila" also has a rich artistic program. The ensembles, dance formations, and individual singers present cherrys' impact on Bulgarian folklore.

The main attraction of the celebration is the cherry and cherry product exhibition market. Booths are adorned with vibrant and delectable fruit, along with intricately crafted cherry-themed decorations. Local merchants and craftsmen from Kyustendil present their treasures. One of the highlights of the festival is the cherry-picking experience, where guests can pick fresh cherries from local orchards and enjoy them right on the spot.

Cherry Festival in Kyustendil Events and Activities

On the first day, tables and showcases are originally adorned with sweet fruit, which is tied to the branches of the tree. On the first day of the festival, a competition called “The Cherry Crafts" is held. Traders and artists from all over the country demonstrate the cherry as an art, showing different products made of this fruit—dolls, sculptures, jewelry, etc.

On the second day of the festival, folklore dances, songs, and comedy are performed on the open-air stage in the city center, showcasing traditional customs. On the same day, "the largest sweet cherry" contest and several other competitions are held.

On the third day of the festival, guests and residents of the city can see a culinary exhibition that shows local dishes and demonstrations from chefs. This holiday symbolizes the beginning of the summer season and the harvest in this picturesque region.

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Authors: Olena Basarab