April 30, 2022

Shusha to host the First International Culinary Festival

From May 5 to 8, expert cooks from various countries will get together in Shusha - the cultural capital of Azerbaijan - enjoying the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the State Tourism Agency. At the Shusha First International Culinary Festival, which is expected to become a festival of delicious dishes, will be demonstrated antiquity of the city, its beauty and Azerbaijani people’s hospitality.   


Expert cooks from Germany, Austria, China, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey and Japan will introduce dishes of their countries to the guests at the International Culinary Festival. By participating in the master classes of professional cooks, guests will have a chance to learn fine points of preparing dishes.


Various economic regions of Azerbaijan – Absheron-Khyzy, Mountainous Shirvan, Ganja-Dashkesen, Lenkaran-Astara, Central Aran (lowland), Nakhchivan, Garabagh, Guba-Khachmaz, Sheki-Zagatala etc. – will join the Culinary Festival. 11 national, 11 foreign pavilions and the pavilion of the National Culinary Centre will be set up during the festival days, and guests will have a chance to taste cuisine samples of Azerbaijani districts, as well as those of the world. There will also be functioning zones where wines, cheeses and other produces will be offered for degustation at the Festival.  


40 international food experts as well as bloggers on food from Belgium, United Arab Emirates, France, Italy, Israel, Canada, Korea, Russia, Turkey and other countries will be participating in the event.


Not only dishes of world nations, but also material and spiritual values of various countries will be presented in Shusha during the Festival. Based on this concept, pavilions to be set up at the festival will be of different formats. Each pavilion will salute guests by an architectural structure and national music intrinsic to individual countries, staging pieces from well-known works. During the festival days, visitors will be presented an artistic programme with participation of over 100 masters of art. Concerts and exhibitions will be organized at the pavilions set up in the rest and entertainment zone.


Examples of Azerbaijani national art will also be displayed within the framework of the Festival. As the 5th of May coincides with the Day of Carpet-weaver, the creative team of Azerkhalcha OJSC will make various interactive presentations on carpet-making traditions. Here will be revived a carpet-making process, and each phase of the carpet making will be staged on an interactive theatre show. Shearing and cleaning of wool, making yarn, dyeing them with natural dyes, preparing a loom, pulling a beam thread, weaving of thick pile and ordinary pile carpets, cutting of a carpet, and collection of a dowry will be demonstrated to visitors.


Publications of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on culinary will be presented at the Festival by the Baku Book Centre.


A plenary action called “Shusha. A Spring Legend” will be held in Shusha, from May 3 to May 9, within the framework of the Festival, with participation of over 30 Azerbaijani artists and sculptors. Artworks to be created in nature will revive the current condition of a city once under occupation, and its magnificent nature.


The Culinary Festival to be held in the Garabagh region with participation of numerous local and foreign guests will be a symbolic expression of return of livelihood and abundance and peace to this place after 30 years, along with reviving cities and districts liberated from the occupation.