Georgian FeastMarch 30, 2022
Georgian FeastThe Georgian feast, or as the Georgians call it "Supra" (or "tablecloth" in Georgian), is a real performance. With its own rules, rituals, traditions and special cooking technologies, it has no analogues in the world.
A good toastmaster should consume a large amount of alcohol without showing signs of intoxication.
The feast is certainly led by the toastmaster, who should be able to entertain the guests with poems, songs and interesting stories. The culture of toasting at a feast exists in many countries, but the phenomenon of "toastmasters" is especially widespread in Georgia. He, as the steward of the feast, is elected by the organizers or directly by the participants of the event. The duties of the toastmaster include establishing the order of speeches and toasts, organizing and monitoring performances of artists. A good toastmaster should have excellent rhetorical skills and be able to consume a large amount of alcohol without showing signs of intoxication.
By the way, the toast itself is called "Sadgegrdzelo" in Georgian, and there are about 150 of them in Georgia, only among the main ones.
Georgian ToastsOne of the most important words when making a toast is "Gaumardjos!" - which roughly means "Long live!". Traditionally, wine is placed on the table in clay jugs, and it is drunk either from a clay cup or from a horn called "Kantzi".
A real Georgian feast is when there is not a single square centimeter of free space left on the table.
Wine, which is an integral part of the traditional Georgian feast, is both an aperitif and the main drink. Along with the ancient traditions of vine cultivation, there are equally important and interesting traditions of wine drinking in Georgia.
And the perfect accompaniment for exquisite Georgian wines is Georgian cuisine. It is rich in meat, vegetable and fish dishes with all kinds of spicy additives, the addition of nut sauces, pomegranate seeds, a wide variety of cheeses and dairy products.
A real Georgian feast is when there is not a single square centimeter of free space left on the table. The diverse and rich cuisine of Adjara is similar to Georgian cooking, but at the same time has a number of distinctive and unique features. Adjarian folk cuisine is distinguished by a wide variety and special cooking technology. Since ancient times, the basic diet of Adjarians has been supplemented with fish, fruits, viticulture and beekeeping products. In addition, Adjarian cuisine has been influenced by Asian culinary culture. In total, about 150 names of dishes have been recorded in Adjara.
In 1977, a golden disk was placed on the Voyager-1 space probe, on which the main achievements of the Earth's civilization were recorded, including the pearl of the Georgian polyphony "Chakrulo".
Dairy products predominate in the cuisine of mountainous Adjara, the dishes here are more fatty. The most popular Adjarian dishes are: chirbuli (a snack made from eggs and nuts), sinori (a dish that is made from cottage cheese and yeast-free tortillas). Adjarian cuisine cannot be imagined without Adjarian khachapuri, which differs from all other types of khachapuri in its original shape: the shape of khachapuri resembles a boat, and the egg, which is located in the center of khachapuri, symbolizes the sun.
Sweets occupy an important place in Adjarian cuisine, of which baklava and shakar lama (very dry biscuits) are the most popular. It should be noted that the most delicious cheese is made in Adjara, and Adjarian milk is considered the most useful in Georgia. The signature dish of Batumi is a roast lamb until it crunches, and mullet is stuffed with nut minced meat here.
No less popular are Adjarian "achma— - a kind of interpretation of khachapuri and "malakhto" - lobio with walnut, seasonings and isrimi - juice of unripe grapes. One of the most delicious and most high—calorie dishes of Adjarian cuisine - "borano" - is made from butter and Adjarian cheese with possible "additives" from eggs and corn flour.
And, of course, no feast is complete without choral songs, which only Georgians are able to perform. The so-called Georgian polyphony was recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of world polyphony, and in 1977, when the United States sent the Voyager-1 space probe to search for other civilizations, a golden disk was placed on the ship, on which the main achievements of the earth's civilization were recorded, including the pearl of the Georgian polyphony "Chakrulo".
After drinking chacha infused with coffee or berries as a digestif, be sure to start dancing — after all, every Georgian feast ends with the performance of lezginka, which in itself is another great opportunity to feel the spirit of Adjara and keep its charm and hospitality in your heart for a long time.