Ever since we arrived in Azerbaijan three months ago, this country never ceases to surprise me. Last Saturday we went to Goychay to see the Pomegranate Festival. It’s a very famous annual event and everyone in the country feels proud of it. It was highly recommended to us, so we decided to hit the road and see what it’s about. And it was amazing!! It was definitely worth the 250 km in rainy weather and fog:)
Pomegranates mean a lot for the Azerbaijani people, especially for those living in the Shirvan region. That’s where more than 60 different sorts of pomegranates are being grown, which are well known for their taste, high quality and health benefits. The people of the region celebrate the pomegranate festival every year and this was its 10th edition.
On the festival we could try all sorts of pomegranate products and goods. The local people had prepared numerous dishes from their national cuisine and amazing food art using pomegranate seeds. We could see how narsharab was made – a very tasty pomegranate syrup that you can use for salad toping, meat and fish dishes.
A small note: If you travel from Baku to Goychay, keep in mind that there are two possible roads to take. One of them is through the mountain and the other one is around the mountain. Even though the second one is a bit longer in kilometers, I highly recommend it. It will actually save you time and it will be a much more pleasant ride, especially if the weather is bad.
So, without further delay, here’re some pictures in which you can see for yourself what an amazing festival it has been. And I admit – it was more than I expected:) Thank you, Goychay people!