The green cheese from Cherni Vit- a deeply kept secret

Cherni Vit, a small town in central Bulgaria, has attracted attention in recent years because it has revived an old culinary tradition: the production of green cheese. This unique cheese, made from a particular breed of Teteven sheep, is considered unrivalled worldwide. Despite its increasing popularity among foreign tourists, chefs and gourmets, only a few – about a dozen people – are privy to its secret production.

Tsvetan Dimitrov has made it his mission to collect and describe traditional cheeses and encourage communities to make them. Thanks to his efforts, over 40 Bulgarian cheeses have been discovered. Tsvetan is involved in scientific research and wants to emphasise the probiotic properties of home-made cheeses and their health benefits.

As one of the main organisers of the “Festival of Homemade Cheeses” in Cherni Vit, Tsvetan is committed to the rediscovery and preservation of traditional dairy products. He is currently focussing on reviving a type of cheese that was documented as early as 1870 but fell into oblivion after 1905. The festival serves as a platform for stories about local cheese making, experimentation, socialising and the exchange of ideas and research, creating a vibrant space for cheese lovers and researchers alike.

Why is it regenerative?

It highlights the revival and preservation of a unique culinary tradition in Cherni Vit, Bulgaria.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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