Mulberry Festival

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Local dancers entertain the crowd at the Mulberry Festival. (Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program)

Along the Silk Road where vodka and silk production was highly developed, the Syunik Goods Festival gathers together crafts and food from the province in Karahunj village.

The focal point of the festival is the famous mulberry vodka from Karahunj. The festival begins with mulberry gathering and includes the full process of vodka-making and tasting. Participants can then taste traditional dishes accompanied with Armenian song and dance while also browsing a market of locally-made and grown products.

On tables full local goods, each community in the province introduces its own products and traditional dishes including Sibekh (type of spinach), Ghavurma (traditional Armenian dish), and buttermilk.

Event Details

6 July, 2019 | Karahunj village, Syunik marz

The Mulberry Festival is organized by Areni Wine Festival Foundation. It is a member of FestivAr: Association of Armenian Festivals.

A folk-dance group wearing “Taraz”: the Armenian traditional dress.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

A folk-dance group holding hand in hand and dancing traditional folk dance. Many Armenian dances are performed in a group circle which shows the unity of Armenians.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Festival participants gather mulberries from the trees overhead. One person shakes the tree while others catch the berries on large fabric.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Children playing with an old mill stone used to grind flour.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

The mulberry came to Armenia via the Silk Road from China and its delicious flavor and storied healing properties have enchanted Armenians for over two millennia.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

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