fermentation products
from the northwest

Organized by "Sinevka" and "Borovitza" winery

A new date is approaching for 2024


fermentation products
from the northwest

Organized by "Sinevka" and "Borovitza" winery

A new date is approaching for 2024

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Fermentfestbg is an event celebrating and promoting foods and drinks made the traditional way, as a result of fermentation processes – natural wines, craft beers, handmade cheese, yogurt, pickles, sourdough bread. Join us and enjoy tasting sessions, workshops, lectures, music, new friends, and lots of fun!

The festival is organized by “Sinevka” and “Borovitza” winery with the special support of “America for Bulgaria Foundation”, Chiprovtzi municipality and “Farm Charm” organic store.


key partners


"Borovitza" winery

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Organic store "Farm charm"


America for Bulgaria Foundation


Chiprovtzi municipality


Chef Valeri Neshov


Valeri Neshov is one of the best recognized cooks in Bulgaria. He is co-owner and founder of the company “Krokmach” and winner of Bacchus magazine “Author’s cuisine” award for 2010.

Chef Bobi Petrov

Buttermilk, hard sheep cheese 

He is a Bulgarian chef with many TV appearances. He has written two cookbooks. He has 34 years of experience in some of the most famous restaurants in Bulgaria, 12 years experience abroad, 6 of which in Spain.

Kurtovo Konare Fest

Homemade “lyutenitza”

The festival features the presentation of traditional local products and foods and a variety of cultural activities.

Chiflik Livadi

Kefir and Kimchi

Livadi is a policultural farm taking care of various animals in a sustainable way. It is located 6 km. away from Sandanski in the direction of Kulata and on the territory of Damyanitsa winery.

Ogoya fermentusiasts

Hot sauce, beer, cider

Couple of good friends united around the idea of making authentic fermented foods and drinks, who like to share what they have learned about the forgotten art of fermentation and have fun along the way.


3 June

8:00 - 10:00 h. ---- Exhibitor Accommodation

Accommodation for participating exhibitors in the festival.

11:00 - 11:30 h. ---- Festival Opening

Festival Presentation, Program and Participants

11:30 - 12:30 h. ---- Presentation of the project "Agroecology - Transact in the Western Balkan Mountains"

Hello, friends and colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the “Agroecology-Transact” project on June 3, 2023, at 11:30 AM as part of the “Ferment Fest” festival in the village of Prevala, Chiprovtsi municipality.

During the meeting, we will discuss the main directions and focus areas of the project in the Western Balkan Mountains until 2026.

The “Agroecology-Transact” project applies a transdisciplinary approach for a systemic economic, ecological, and climate transition towards agroecological practices. The project is dedicated to agroecology and involves 11 innovation centers and 19 partners in 12 EU countries.

If you are interested in participating in the meeting and the project, please register at: https://forms.office.com/e/uLwrhKKfNm

We would be delighted if you could join us!

For more information, please contact: Vyara Stefanova – v.stefanova65@gmail.com, tel. +0898563647 Yanka Kazakova-Mateva – yanka.kazakova@gmail.com

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation!

13:00 - 14:00 h. ---- Chocolate and Wine /Adriana Srebrinova, Katya Hariskova/

20 BGN per person for each tasting; when purchasing 3 tastings, the total price is 50 BGN.

The quality of chocolate is directly related to the cultivation of cocoa beans and the process of their fermentation. Katya Hariskova from Puratos company will introduce you to the intricacies of producing high-quality chocolate, whose production is traceable from the farm to the end manufacturer, and she will present three types of chocolate: dark with 55% cocoa, Peru 64%, and white. To ensure that chocolate and wine are an unexpectedly good combination, we will also add the following wines from Borovitsa Winery, selected by Adriana Srebrinova: Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, Sensum, and Maxima Private Reserve.

15:00 - 16:00 h. ---- Presentation and Tasting of Artisan Cheeses and Sausages, Paired with Wine

20 BGN per person for each tasting; when purchasing 3 tastings, the total price is 50 BGN.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to taste various artisanal cheeses and sausages and try several types of sourdough bread. Yana Imreorova and Venelin Iliev will tell you about the intricacies of live yeast and how to prepare delicious bread at home.

17:00 - 19:00 h. ---- Comparative Tasting of Regional Wines – Adriana Srebrinova, guest lecturer Yason Jung

20 BGN per person for each tasting; when purchasing 3 tastings, the total price is 50 BGN.

Comparative Tasting of Regional Wines – Speaker: Adriana Srebrinova

Guest lecturer Yason Jung, Professor of Anthropology from the University of Detroit, will deliver a lecture on the topic “Culture of Food Today and Tomorrow.”

During this event, we will compare three different jams and discuss what sets them apart and distinguishes them from each other.

20:00 h. ---- Closing



terroir wines


cheese, yellow cheese, mozzarella, ayran, butter


from Chiprovtsi

Sheep farm Replyanka

Sheep milk products from Replyana village

Farm Charm Bakery

sourdough bread, banitsa, sweet and savory pastries, homemade ice cream


dairy products

Goat milk

Goat milk festival

Company Elia 69 - Amphissa

Olives and
Olive Oil


from Melyane


Sheep's Yogurt
and Cheese

Beer ShaNº5


Art Hall

Watercolor - Katya Hariskova

Woodcarving - Chavdar Antov

Handmade bags, bracelets, rugs, scarves - Sheila Art

Chiprovtsi Carpets


Felt Wool

other interesting places in the region

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There are many interesting places in the region to see and visit during your stay.


The purpose of the accompanying events is to provide people who have come to visit the festival with additional entertainment and interesting experiences, as well as to encourage them to visit several places in the area that are “hidden” treasures.

The price is 15 BGN per person, with a minimum of 6 participants required to form a group.

Visit of an ethnographic collection and woodcarving workshop - Atelier Chavdar Antov

Place: Melyane village

June 4, 2023

The woodcarving workshop will be held in Chavdar Antov’s studio in Melyane village. Chavdar not only works in his atelier, but he’s also built an open-air museum with interesting woodcarving works, saved from various places – old churches and neighbourhoods. Chavdar himself is an artist, dedicated to the increasingly rare craft of woodcarving. Here is some more information about him: http://antovart.com/

His atelier is reached with personal transport and we will provide you with its GPS location.

What are we going to do?

  • A short lecture on traditional Bulgarian crafts, the use of wood to make various tools from the everyday lives of people in the past and a tour of the open-air museum.
  • Woodcarving lesson – every participant will carve their letter on a wooden stand, learning about the different carving tools and techniques.

How is honey extracted from honeycomb? Demonstration by Teodor Pushkarov

Place: Melyane village

June 4, 2023

Teodor is a hereditary beekeeper who inherited the craft from his grandfather. His apiary is located in the “Zapaden Balkan” region of the Natura 2000 network. Teodor has been a beekeeper since 2002. Six years in, this hobby of his turned into a profession. With the financial aid of the “For the Balkan and the people” project, Teodor has built a modern room for processing the obtained honey.

What are we going to do?

  • Visiting an apiary, where a honeycomb will be harvested.
  • A story about the life of bees – how they are raised, how to keep them and other interesting information on beekeeping.
  • A demonstration of unsealing a honeycomb and extracting the honey.

Organised visit and a lecture of the "Lepenitsa" cave - Emil Tsankov

Place: Belogradchik

June 4, 2023

The “Lepenitsa” cave is located in the middle of the Belogradchik rocks, among the sanctuary complex in Makarshtnitsa. It is estimated to be 8000 – 8500 years old, with the oldest artifacts found in it being around 7000 years old. The cave is an outstanding example for the geological processes which formed the region, and its beautiful chambers, colonnades, network of halls hidden under the surface are a stunning continuation of the visible part of the complex.

What are we going to do?

  • We leave from a meeting point in the center of Belogradchik – the parking lot in front of Hotel “Skalite”.
  • The approach to the cave is reached with your own transport, after which there is a light walk – around 40 minutes.
  • We will visit the cave, and our guide Emil will tell us about the Thracian sanctuaries & the stories and legends related to the region.

Organised visit and a lecture of the "Kozarnika" cave - Emil Tsankov

Place: Belogradchik

June 4, 2023

The “Kozarnika” cave is located in the area of Belogradchik. It is a relatively small cave – about 200 meters long, but it is one of the most important prehistoric objects in Bulgaria and Europe. It has been studied without interruption since 1998 to this day by a Bulgarian-French expedition, led by the Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolai Sirakov and Frenchman Jean-Luc Guadelli. The artifacts from the “Kozarnika” cave are the earliest traces of human presence in Europe and show that the settlement of the European continent began on the Balkans.

What are we going to do?

  • We leave from a meeting point in the center of Belogradchik – the parking lot in front of Hotel “Skalite”.
  • The approach to the cave is reached with your own transport, after which there is a light walk – around 20 minutes.
  • A visit of the “Kozarnika” cave follows, accompanied by a story about the oldest population in Europe, Thracian sanctuaries, history, legends and mysteries about the region, its energy charge and impact.


There are numerous places in the region where you will be happily welcomed. Here you can find some of them.

Video lectures from 2022

In case you missed the Festival of Fermenation products, here you can watch the lecture that was given by Chef Boris Petrov.


Here, you can find a small part of our exhibition from the previous years.


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Borovitza Winery

Borovitza Winery is a special project of two true masters of the art of living by their own rules, who have dedicated their lives to wine – Ognyan Tsvetanov and Adriana Srebrinova. Both of them navigate through their entire life’s journey in the world of wine, and they are among those fortunate individuals for whom wine is not just a job or a business, but a personal passion and calling.


Borovitza Winery offers exceptional quality wines.

Borovitsa (dairy)

The dairy products of the cow farm and dairy “Borovitsa” originate from the Belogradchik area – the “Borov kamak” region. The nature, the clean air and the closed production process guarantee the purity of the farm’s products.


Cow farm “Borovitsa” offers dairy products such as white cheese, cheese, yoghurt, mozzarella and cottage cheese, produced only from its own milk, which guarantees the quality of the products.

Chiprovtsi beer

The brewery is located in Chiprovtsi and has interesting history behind it. The idea comes from Tsvetomir’s love for the production of drinks. “Chiprovtsi beer” delights its consumers with its refined taste.


Brewery “Chiprovtsi beer” offers light and red ale.

Sheep farm “Replyanka”

Farm “Replyanka”, established in 2007, raises around 600 sheep of a traditional local breed – the Replyanka sheep. The farm is located in the heart of the west part of Stara Planina. It also houses a demonstration center for the production of yoghurt and white cheese.


Farm “Replyanka” offers hand-made dairy products without artificial additives – sheep milk, sheep cheese and sheep yoghurt.

Farm Charm Bakery

Farm Charm Bakery offers a variety of products including sourdough bread, banitsa (traditional Bulgarian pastry), sweet and savory pastries, homemade ice cream, and more.


Farm Charm Bakery offers a wide selection of baked goods.

Farm “Pendanski brothers”

Farm “Pendanski brothers” is located in Altimir village, municipality Byala Slatina.


The farm offers clean dairy products, with their cheese being one of their most popular ones.
Their cheeses are hand-steamed and have many different types – with spices, blueberries and natural.

Goat milk “Bela Rechka”

Gorna Bela Rechka is a village with a population of approximate 50 people in the outskirts of North-West Bulgaria, Municipality Varshets. The village is the centre of the international festival of memories GOATMILK.


Goat milk “Bela Rechka” offers products made from goat milk – yoghurt and white cheese.

Company Elia 69 - Amphissa

We offer natural olives and olive oil from the city of Amphissa.


We offer natural olives and olive oil from the city of Amphissa.

Teodor Pushkarov - beekeeper

Teodor Pushkarov is a hereditary beekeeper, who inherited the craft from his grandfather. He lives in Montana and his apiary is located in the small mountain village Melyane. Teodor views beekeeping not just as a business or a livelihood, for him this is his life calling.


Teodor Pushkarov offers acacia and herbal honey.

Krusha Farm

Family Sheep Farm – Krusha Area


We offer sheep’s yogurt and cheese.

Beer ShaNº5



We offer craft beers – carefully crafted, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.

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