27 October 2018

On October 27, Smilyan village will host the annual, traditional for the picturesque Rhodopean village festival of the Smilyan beans. All residents, visitors and guests are invited to relish the savoury green bean soup and the 'kurban' meal, sanctified food for health and prosperity.

The holiday traditionally takes place at the last Saturday of October and, gathering together young and old in a traditional feast with contests, tournaments and competitions to name the best stall, the most delicious bean soup or the most interesting art piece made out of beans.

During the festivities, there will be fun activities for children and mountain running race for the outdoor enthusiasts, willing to celebrate in a healthy way, as well as tasting the delicious bean foods afterwards. For all guests there are things to do and also the Museum of the Smilyan bean to see.


10.00 'Smilyan bean' fest opening and start of the VI-th edition of the Smilyan bean race.

10.30 Walk through the exhibition of the Smilyan bean manufacturers and the art works of the 'Pano from Smilyan bean' contestants.

11.00 Program with music and comedy. Open stage in front of the local cultural centre (chitalishte) with guest ensembles performing national dances and songs.

12.00 Evaluation of the meals, taking part in the 'Smilyan dishes' contest

12.00 The Bean Games - amusing tournaments for children

12.30 Prize giving for the contests winners

13.00 Awards of the race winners

14.00 Folklore program with an orchestra