Tbilisoba: International Festival of Tea and Honey

Special key made to celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of CBDN
Special key made to celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of CBDN

The now traditional International Festival of Tea and Honey, organised by Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) and International Alert, took place on the second day of ‘Tbilisoba 2014’, on Sioni Square.

Those present at the opening of the festival included Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania together with senior representatives from the Mayor’s office, Georgian Agricultural Minister Otar Danelia and his colleagues and representatives from other ministries and departments, as well as various international guests: the Czech ambassador to Georgia, members of international organisations, guests from Ukraine and others.

During the event, guests had the opportunity to try various kinds of tea and honey, collected and produced in all corners of the South Caucasus and Turkey.

Tbilisi mayor David Narmania shares his impressions of the festival
Tbilisi mayor David Narmania shares his impressions of the festival

The convenient location, the variety of the brands (Caucasus Tea, Caucasus Honey, Caucasus Cheese and Caucasus Bouquet (wine)), the original format and the cheerful decorations certainly helped to create a festive atmosphere and to attract people to our event. Lots of guests came to taste our products, and listened with great interest to the story behind the creation of our Caucasus Brands. They proved so popular that many people expressed their wishes to buy the products.

The crowds did not subside even for a minute during the first half of the day, but due to the cold weather, we were eventually forced to pack up early.

Competition winner: Caucasus Honey from our own apiary!
Competition winner: Caucasus Honey from our own apiary!

As always, the event concluded with competitions for the best black tea, best green tea and best honey. In spite of the weather, the jury was painstaking in their appraisal of the qualities of the teas and honeys, the producers of which included CBDN itself. We are proud to say that the ivy, May and alpine honeys from our own apiary broke our own record, being awarded the prize in all three categories of the honey competition.

After the contest, guests and participants enjoyed a delicious cake, kindly provided by CBDN’s Kutaisi office.