Trifon Zarezan Festival in Bolgrad
Updated: Feb 26
Tradition, food and wine were the protagonist of St Trifón
The traditional dance, traditional clothes, theatre, food and, especially, wine, were protagonists on the Day of San Trifón or Trifon Zarezan, the Bulgarian patron saint of vintners, celebrated in the central square of Bolgrad (Ukraine) last Saturday, 15 of february.
The pleasant weather made people come to enjoy the cultural and gastronomic riches and the organizators have estimated that about 2000 people celebrated the party.
This day opens the season of work on the vineyards and it is an old tradition that 10 years ago some bulgarian citizens started to celebrate again. The first ritual was made by a priest who blessed the vineyards and then some labourers pruned the vines.
After this ritual people with traditional clothes and disguised walked around Bolgrad streets while some tourists and citizens observed them with curiosity.
One of the most important moments of the festival was when with improvised vine bushes, winemakers watered the wines of last year's harvest. The wine trimming was accompanied by the traditional phrase "May the future harvest be rich, and my home be a full of cup»
Theatrical performance of Bulgarian mimes filled the central square with people and media. This tradition it’s a representation of the culture of bulgarians laborers.
This wonderful day finished with some sport contests, which demonstrate that sport and wine also can be connected. On this traditional day it was organised a game called “Roll the barrel”. This game consists of running, drinking wine and moving a wine barrel as fast as you can. Three teams consisting of four boys and one woman have to finish faster than the others.