Khorovats Festival

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Khorovats cooking over the fire. (Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program)

You can smell The Pan-Armenian Khorovats (Barbecue) Festival long before you arrive. With flavorful meat and vegetables slow-roasting over hot coals, you’ll never think of barbecue the same way again. The Festival is located in Akhtala of the Lori region - which boasts the title of “the Khorovats capital city.” Cooks representing different restaurants, bars, and various organizations participate in the festival, serving up khorovats and competing against each other.

Visitors can taste pork, beef, mutton, fish and vegetable barbecues followed by the award ceremony for best flavor, best look, and best concept. It is said that one of the best ways to get to know a culture is through its people and national cuisine. The Pan-Armenian Khorovats festival offers both.

Participants are encouraged to come to the festival with an empty stomach as there are many varieties of khorovats to taste.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

A mangal, or khorovats-style grill, has no grates. The long skewers of meat and vegetables are suspended directly over the embers and seasoned by the smoke.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Competitors produce elaborate displays for the festival, like this rice field with delicious khorovat players.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Almost any meat can become khorovats - Pork, beef, mutton, fish, and vegetables are just some examples of the many flavors available at the festival.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Prizes are given for barbecue in the following categories: Best Flavor, Best Look, and Best Concept.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

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