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“Bed & Bread” Rural Tourism Festival

24 July 2018
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On 14 July, some houses in Urtsadzor (Ararat marz) were transformed into small, hospitable dining halls and cafés, as the community hosted the “Bed & Bread” Rural Tourism Festival. The aim of the festival was to develop rural tourism and community economies, as well as create additional sources of income for rural population. Visitors of the festival were able to discover ecotourism opportunities through different activities: a rural food fair, visiting villagers’ houses, joining the harvest, baking lavash in a tonir, vodka distillation, horse riding, enjoying a picnic, slacklining, playing with village children, sculpting with clay, a cross-stone (khachkar) workshop, an open-air concert, camping, yoga and hiking.

ARS_2805The festival was organised within the framework of the European Union’s “Reduction of poverty in Urtsadzor community cluster by developing (self) employment opportunities” project. Since February of 2016, the Fund for Organic Farming (FOF) has been implementing the project with the support of the European Union and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). The Urtsadzor community cluster includes the communities of Urtsadzor, Lanjanist and Shaghap in Ararat marz; the project has beneficiaries in Lusashogh community as well. The budget of the project is €563,000, out of which the EU has contributed €500,000 and FPWC €42,000. The four communities involved have also jointly raised €21,000. The project will bring about long-term economic growth at the community level through local business projects. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, together with Garik Sargsyan, the Governor of Ararat marz, Ruben Khachatryan, the Director of FPWC, and Rafik Andreasyan, the Head of Urtsadzor community, attended the opening ceremony of the festival.

ARS_2908Ambassador Świtalski welcomed the guests and thanked Urtsadzor for hosting the festival: “The EU is happy to support projects like this as we want Armenian villages to be filled with new energy, to be places where people can come and enjoy the beauty of agricultural tourism. The EU is committed to working with you and continuing the projects like this. I want to use the opportunity to thank you for its successful implementation. We are very glad that the project is appreciated by the authorities – this is a great motivation for us to continue our work in Armenia. I hope that people will visit this beautiful corner of Armenia frequently and will help the Armenian marzes develop’.

ARS_2874Governor Sargsyan thanked the EU for supporting projects in Ararat marz: “I am glad to be in Urtsadzor. I hope these projects will help to overcome many issues in our marz and in our communities. Urtsadzor, in contrast with other communities in our marz, is in a better situation, despite its distance from the marz’s centre and Yerevan, due to due to these kind of projects implemented here. Urtsadzor serves as a great example – it attracts tourists and helps residents not to feel excluded from the country’s cultural and social life”.

“Bed & Bread” Rural Tourism Festival

On 14 July, some houses in Urtsadzor (Ararat marz) were transformed into small, hospitable dining halls and cafés, as the community hosted the "Bed & Bread" Rural Tourism Festival. The aim of the festival was to develop rural tourism and community economies, as well as create additional sources of income for rural population. Visitors of the festival were able to discover ecotourism opportunities through different activities: a rural food fair, visiting villagers’ houses, joining the harvest, baking lavash in a tonir, vodka distillation, horse riding, enjoying a picnic, slacklining, playing with village children, sculpting with clay, a cross-stone (khachkar) workshop, an open-air concert, camping, yoga and hiking.

ARS_2805The festival was organised within the framework of the European Union's “Reduction of poverty in Urtsadzor community cluster by developing (self) employment opportunities” project. Since February of 2016, the Fund for Organic Farming (FOF) has been implementing the project with the support of the European Union and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). The Urtsadzor community cluster includes the communities of Urtsadzor, Lanjanist and Shaghap in Ararat marz; the project has beneficiaries in Lusashogh community as well. The budget of the project is €563,000, out of which the EU has contributed €500,000 and FPWC €42,000. The four communities involved have also jointly raised €21,000. The project will bring about long-term economic growth at the community level through local business projects. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, together with Garik Sargsyan, the Governor of Ararat marz, Ruben Khachatryan, the Director of FPWC, and Rafik Andreasyan, the Head of Urtsadzor community, attended the opening ceremony of the festival.

ARS_2908Ambassador Świtalski welcomed the guests and thanked Urtsadzor for hosting the festival: "The EU is happy to support projects like this as we want Armenian villages to be filled with new energy, to be places where people can come and enjoy the beauty of agricultural tourism. The EU is committed to working with you and continuing the projects like this. I want to use the opportunity to thank you for its successful implementation. We are very glad that the project is appreciated by the authorities – this is a great motivation for us to continue our work in Armenia. I hope that people will visit this beautiful corner of Armenia frequently and will help the Armenian marzes develop’.

ARS_2874Governor Sargsyan thanked the EU for supporting projects in Ararat marz: "I am glad to be in Urtsadzor. I hope these projects will help to overcome many issues in our marz and in our communities. Urtsadzor, in contrast with other communities in our marz, is in a better situation, despite its distance from the marz’s centre and Yerevan, due to due to these kind of projects implemented here. Urtsadzor serves as a great example – it attracts tourists and helps residents not to feel excluded from the country’s cultural and social life".