During the traditional May holidays in Kutaisi, I participated in an interesting event of the CBDN. The event was held on the territory of the historical monument of Okros Chardakhi (Golden Canopy)tsarist complex, right in the centre of Kutaisi. The aim of the event was to increase the public’s knowledge about the main directions and mechanisms of the Network’s peacebuilding activities, which provide an opportunity for bringing people together, finding new friends, advertising one’s products, businesses, various projects, etc.
During this couple of days, I gained an unforgettable experience of holding a presentation of Caucasus Brands, specifically the Caucasus Honey brand; and other participants of the Network presented Caucasus Tea, Caucasus Cheese, and Caucasus Bouquet (wine). One should note that the Caucasus Brands are the result of successful cooperation and collaborative work of people from across the South Caucasus and Turkey.
Residents and visitors of Kutaisi had the opportunity to taste and rate products developed by CBDN. Among the guests were representatives from the European Union, current and previous authorities; children, adults and older people approached to us to try the Caucasus Brands. CBDN brochures, tea and honey booklets were snapped up like hot cakes. In a word, there was no doubt in the interest for the work of the Network.
It was very enjoyable for me to socialise with people, share information about Caucasus Honey, treat residents of Kutaisi to the sweet honey, and to enjoy the company of interesting and happy people from Armenia, Baku, Nagorny Karabakh and Kars.
By Natalia Sidamonidze, Tbilisi office of the CBDN