Raspberry Festival

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Raspberries are made into jam, tarts, and other sweets. (Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program)

The annual Raspberry Festival is held in the Ashotavan community of Sisian, Syunik province, where—locals claim—the most delicious and sweetest raspberries grow.

During the Festival, which occurs in the midst of raspberry season, raspberry farmers gather in Ashotavan to present their raspberries, traditional Armenian gata, and other delicious dishes.

If you’re attending the Raspberry Festival, expect your day to be full of surprises, competitions, and awards. Buy raspberries and other products directly from the villagers to bring a part of the Festival back to your home.

Around 30 groups and individuals present their raspberries and raspberry products annually at the festival.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

A tightrope walker bikes high above the crowd.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Visitors can buy 100% ecologically clean raspberries directly from villagers.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

The festival includes all aspects of Armenian culture: food, songs, dance, and connection with the locals.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Of course, visitors can participate in national songs and dances.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

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