Food festival ends in Shusha in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani city of Shusha last week hosted an international food extravaganza – the 1st Shusha Culinary Festival.

The four-day event co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the National Tourism Agency of Azerbaijan brought together culinary specialists from all over the world. The festival became the first of its kind organized by Shusha after its liberation from Armenian occupation in 2020.

Gourmets and guests of the gastronomic jamboree tasted the cuisines of Azerbaijan, Germany, Austria, China, France, Georgia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Turkey and Japan presented by their respective chefs and culinary specialists. Additionally, international food experts and bloggers from Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Israel, Canada, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkey and other countries participated in the event.

The festival also showcased the material and spiritual values ​​of different countries in addition to a food extravaganza. The pavilions installed in the original architectural style of each country along the main street of Shusha welcomed the guests with national music and fragments of famous works of the participating countries. In addition, the cultural heroes of these countries presented special performances.

The closing day of the 1st Shusha Culinary Festival featured performances of Azerbaijani national music and a demonstration of scenes from local plays and films.

The gala day ended with the collective performance of the Azerbaijani national dance music, “Yalli”.

The Food Festival in Shusha will be followed by the 2nd International Folklore Festival “Khary Bulbul” with musicians from ten countries among the participants. The first edition of the music gala in the Liberated Choucha took place on May 12 and 13 last year.

The city should also host the traditional “Vagif Poetry Days”.

In April 2022, the Azerbaijani diaspora from around the world gathered in Shusha for the Fifth Congress of Azerbaijanis of the World. In March this year, the city hosted a high-level meeting between delegations from Azerbaijan and the United Nations.

Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage returned to Shusha after nearly three decades of Armenian occupation. The Azerbaijani army restored Azerbaijan’s sovereignty over the city of Shusha on November 8, 2020, during a 44-day counteroffensive operation from September 27 to November 9, 2020.

Currently, the city is being restored as part of a massive state-sponsored reconstruction campaign. It is expected that Shusha will regain its original historical appearance and regain its former fame as the cultural center of Azerbaijan.

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