On October 19, 2019 the first in Georgia Khachapuri Festival was held in Samegrelo, near the administrative boarder, at the Rukhi Trade Center. This outstanding gastronomic event attracted over 25 amateur and professional khachapuri contest participants from different regions of Georgia as well as experts of the field. The Festival featured workshops of nationally acclaimed chefs – Guram Baghdoshvili and his Meskhetian Khachapuri, Esma Kunchulia and her story of Gurian Pie, Dali Tsatava and her research on the revival of Georgia’s gastronomic culture coupled with the story on Khachapuri’s path to UNESCO, Ana Mikadze and her cheese making master class. The event also included competitions in khachapuri making among different khachapuri sorts by regions to identify competition winners in categories like People’s Choice, Best Khachapuri, Most Innovative Khachapuri, Most Original Khachapuri and others.
The festival was attended by more than 5000 visitors and employed 70 people. The exhibition-shopping part of the event was represented by local farmers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs who saw good benefits out of sales by gaining significant income (GEL 25,000) and new customers. On Saturday and Sunday, all hotels and guest houses in Zugdidi and Anaklia were occupied and approximate turnover of the hotels exceeded GEL 40 000.
This feast of Georgian gastronomy was organized by the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Destination Management Organization (DMO), with support from the USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Government, Georgian National Tourism Administration, Rukhi Trade Center, and Gastronomic Association of Georgia.
These are the beautiful roses from the USAID/Zrda-supported greenhouse in Samegrelo. Zrda supports economic growth in rural communities. This greenhouse, like many businesses, is facing temporary challenges due to COVID-19.
We delivered these roses to hospitals in Zugdidi and Rukhi, where doctors and nurses are working around to clock to treat cases of COVID-19.
We thank all of Georgia's medical professionals who are working tirelessly to keep people healthy and safe during COVID-19. We're also helping Georgia prepare for life after the pandemic. Through the Zrda Activity and other programs, we're partnering with the private sector to help Georgia's economy recover from the crisis.
USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler joined Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Ioseb Chelidze and Head of Georgia’s Emergency Situations Management Service Temur Mghebrishvili to hand over field hospital tents provided to Georgia by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The field hospital tents enhance the preparedness and response capabilities of the Emergency Management Service (EMS) of Georgia and support the safety of communities across Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provision of the tents is part of a larger effort by the U.S. Government to support Georgia’s immediate COVID-19 response and help build its emergency preparedness capacity through upgraded equipment and enhanced training.
While the world is focused on the rapid response to COVID-19, USAID/Zrda continues to support the beneficiaries who need it the most! Even company Click Events shared a wonderful idea with Zrda and as a part of the social responsibility initiative purchased flawless yellow tulips from the project-supported Aleksi Mekantsishvili, living in the ABL Bredza village of Gori Municipality!
Shida Kartli Governer Giorgi Khijevanishvili hosted USAID/Zrda representatives and showed them the educational and new tourist places located in Gori Municipality! The guests visited following places: ancient ruins discovered near Gori Fortress; newly rehabilitated Tsereteli Street in Gori; Lomchabuki Square; Galaktioni Valley; Tatulashvili Ceramic Studio-Museum; as well as attended art classes in the ABL villages Tirdznisi and Ergneti.