Tolma Festival

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Dolma are artfully plated and presented at the festival. (Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program)

Every year food lovers from Armenia and beyond gather to celebrate and eat as many tolma as possible.

Tolma is a stuffed vegetable dish that is common in Armenia and the surrounding regions. This annual event is all about cooking and eating, as Armenian tolma-makers gather to prepare tolma using forgotten and rare recipes. Cooks take part in a competition for the most unique recipe. During the Festival, visitors have the chance to taste more than 60 types of dolma filled with lamb, lenten, mushroom, basturma, and countless other ingredients.

Wear stretchy pants and be prepared to indulge in this most delicious piece of the Armenian cuisine.

Event Details

25 May 2020 | Around Zvartnots Temple, Armavir, Armenia

Dolma (or tolma) is made from ground meat mixed with rice and spices and folded in grape or cabbage leaves.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

The festival shows around 60 varieties of dolma and features Armenian folk music and dances.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Many different varieties of dolma are available - some not even locals have tried.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

The festival hosts a competition among cooks judged on best taste, best appearance, and best idea.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Each year the festival takes place in a different region of Armenia.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

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