"Uduli" Dolma Festival
Armenia, May 16
In 2011 was decided to organize a festival, which would be devoted to one of Armenian dishes: dolma.
The aim of the festival was to promote the traditional Armenian meals and establish Armenian cuisine, which is considered one of the non-material cultural assets of all Armenians.
Dolma is traditional Armenian dish made of ground beef, lamb and spices wrapped in grape leaves. Just like last year, this year also the festival took place in Sardarapat Memorial. The venue of the festival is not selected by chance: the first Armenian national dolma was prepared in Sardarapat nearly 3,000 years ago.
During the festival 20 pavilions introduced their varieties of dolma and the jury decided the best dolma maker among the participants of leading restaurants in Armenia and individuals from Yerevan and regions as well as representatives of the Greek and Ukrainian communities of Armenia and educational institutions.
The dish is served in ceramic dishes. The tastes of different tolmas is different reflecting the methods of preparations and ingredients used in different areas – Artamet, Alashkert, Echmiadzin, Mush, and others.
Besides the tolma fragrance visitors at the tolma festival venue in Sardarapat, some 40 kilometers west of Armenian capital Yerevan, can also listen to Armenian folk songs and watch national dances. Guests taste the tolma and then start dancing.