Antimovo is a village in the municipality of Vidin, Bulgaria, near the Danube, but also close to the border of Romania and Serbia. The festival of St. George on 6th of May is celebrated as a traditional festival with music and dance and takes place on 5th and 6th of May each year. In addition, there was something new this year: a culinary festival in which groups from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia were represented and in which bread played a major role.
Carmen Stadelhofer, the chairwoman of the education network Danube-Networkers and and Bertram Wegemer, Danube Networkers Ulm, had the opportunity to attend this festival on 5th of May 2019. The mayor of Vidin, Mr. Ognyan Tsenkov, opened it ceremonially with a short speech and with numerous bangs of firecrackers. In her speech, Carmen Stadelhofer introduced the Danube-Networkers and their goals. She delivered greetings of all who participate in the project “Bread connects”. In a tour, she admired the large variety of bread shapes at numerous stands as well as the rich selection of bread and other culinary specialties, which were lovingly presented by all participating Chitaliste-groups. The Danube-sparrow, which was sent in spring from Ulm to the Bulgarian partner groups, with the request to bake it as a sign of peace and pass it on, found itself on many of the beautiful decorated tables. Despite the heavy rainfall that affected the festival, many people spent hours celebrating, eating and chatting. At the end of the event there was a competition for one typical national dish each, prepared by a group from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. In the baking competition, a beautifully designed bread was awarded first prize by the jury.
The department head of Social Affairs of the city Vidin and the leaders of the Chitaliste-Clubs in the district of Vidin invited the guests to this event to introduce the local activities and to talk about future cooperation. This intention was also welcomed by the mayor of Vidin and Emilia Lissichkova from the Agora-platform Bulgaria, who had made the contact. In the evening first ideas for further cooperation were exchanged. The traditional Bulgarian cuisine, Bulgarian pastries and cultivating traditions play a major role in such festivities in Bulgaria. On the one hand, the delegation from Ulm was able to get a direct impression of local traditions and, on the other hand, to take advantage of the opportunity to exchange and network.