The Khachapuri / Gastronomy Festival is a one-day festive entertaining event to be held every year in the village of Rukhi close to Zugdidi. It is organized by Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Destination Management Organization (DMO), with the support of USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia, Georgian National Tourism Administration and Rukhi Trade Center, Gastronomic Association of Georgia and local government, the festival aims to support regional tourism through new product development. Not only does the festival promote the internal part of Georgia’s legendary traditional cuisine, but it also marks new destinations and attractions on the international touristic map. Additionally, it also raises quality standards within the tourism sector.
The Khachapuri / Gastronomy Festival comprises of workshops of nationally acclaimed chefs and local cook masters, providing free masterclasses to the visitors - this should especially be interesting to the local entrepreneurs, guesthouses and café-restaurant managers and cooks.
To show the people's gratitude and respect towards the great Georgian classical writer Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, a public celebration of Konstantineoba takes place in Abasha on May, 15. On this day, people once again remember the writer, who has created many unforgettable and immortal characters in Georgian literature.
Every year, in the last week of October, Jaralua is celebrated in Tsalenjikha! The popular public feast consists of a beautiful festive celebration with elements of folk traditions and customs. Sporting events and culinary competitions are also held on this occasion.
Martvili Canyon – Nature Monument
Chkondidoba is celebrated in Martvili in autumn. This day is devoted to public processions, during which the images and fragments depicting various times of life and public activities of great churchman and the court minister Giorgi Chkondideli are screened. The church service and mass for remembering the great Kolkh is held at the Martvili Cathedral.
Every second summer, the Megrelian Folklore International Festival gathers Megrelian ethno music and dance lovers. This day brings together the folklore grand masters from Samegrelo and all other regions of Georgia. If you want to better understand Kolkhic spirit and character, you must attend this festival!
Tetnuldi Ski Resort
Lamproba is a mystical tradition in Svaneti, celebrated in the month of February. At dawn, the Svans come out with bundles of lit lanterns. The leader pleads to the Goddess of the harvest to bring a good year. In other versions, by lighting the lanterns, the Svans are warming the souls of the deceased. This night is worth seeing, with all of Svaneti illuminated by the fire of the lanterns being particularly enigmatic and mysterious!
On the last weekend of August, the public feast, Phasisoba, is celebrated in the ancient city of Poti. Public processions, various types of concerts, exhibitions, and fairs all take place on this day. In recent years, the exhibition of sea products at the Phasisoba feast has shown a growing interest.