Kurtovo Konare Fest 2009 was Held
Friday, 09 October 2009
The kick off of the First Festival of Peppers, Tomatos, Traditional Food and Crafts in the village of Kurtovo Konare was marked by a heavy downpour of rain.The program started on October 03, 2009 with an exhibition of old photographs related with the local tradition of growing vegetables. In the early afternoon the Chitalishte "Luben Karavelov" hosted a meeting of local agriculture producers and representatives of the civic sector with Mrs. Stefanka Tsoneva, Director of Regional Directorate "Agriculture" - Plovdiv and Mrs. Krustina Mandova, President of ETP Foundation - Sustainable Development Projects - Sofia. The participants have learnt more about the project opportunities provided in Axis 3 "Quality of Life in Rural Areas and Diversification into Non-Agricultural Activities" under the Rural Development Program 2007 - 2013. The participation of Stamboliiski Municipality in partnership with Chitalishte "Luben Karavelov" and local business representatives in the LEADER approach was discussed. More specifically, the measures under sub-measure 431 - 2 related with acquisition of skills for establishing Local Action Groups (LAGs) and developing a local strategy.
The heavy rain pouring on Saturday evening forced the audience into the Chitalishte's foyer that was transformed into an impromptu stage to provide space for the initially planned open air concert. The best Bulgarian guitar player - the phenomenal Ognyan Videv took over the stage. He mesmerized the audience with jazz and flamenco. The evening continued with the performance by the bard Boyko Georgiev and his brother Petar Yankov - Pesheto (who has performed with the groups "Djendema", "Shturcite", with Stefan Valdobrev's film band, Valdi Totev, etc.). An interesting fact is that the brothers' mother is from Kurtovo Konare and this made the experience more thrilling and promising new encounters.
We are already anticipating the next year when we are going to gather again to taste home-made "lutenica", drink fresh tomato juice and ... something else. Something that derives from the local people, local authorities and business, from their joint efforts, by applying creative approach to revive and promote the local traditions. Still next year, a lot of hard and at the same time fulfilling work should be done for further development and transformation of the Festival into a traditional and bigger one.
We dedicate this first Festival to Grandfather Alexander from Kurtovo Konare who was born exactly 150 years ago and who was awarded in 1909 with Governmental Medal for Merits. Do you know why? Interestingly, he was the one who brought the tomato seeds in Bulgaria and built the first Factory for paprika in Bulgaria in 1894 here in the village of Kurtovo Konare. What else is left for us his successors but to continue his cause ...