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by David Stepanyan
Armenian honey was recognized the best at the Festival of Tea and Honey in Tbilisi on 7 October. The two-day-long festivities were timed to Tbilisoba, an annual October festival in Tbilisi celebrating diversity and attracting many people from the capital and across the country. The winner of the Festival was David Movsisyan, a 56-year-old beekeeper from the village of Beniamin, Shirak region, Armenia. The Armenian honey was presented also by a beekeeper-specialist of Multi-Agro Company Hovhanness Petoyan.
ArmInfo's correspondent reports from Tbilisi that the second prize went to the representative of the Turkish beekeeping company Antik Ani Bal from Kars, Adem Ertac. The winners were selected via voting of visitors who tasted the honey samples from Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia.
Various types of teas and bee-products were presented at the Festival. Caucasus tea - a set of teas and herbs from different regions of the South Caucasus - was presented at the event. Under the brand Caucasus Cheese Georgian, Armenians and Turkish cheese-makers presented a new type of cheese produced at Ashotsk Cheese Factory. A collection of wines from wine-growing regions of the South Caucasus produced at Oshakan Winnery was introduced under the brand Caucasus Bouquet. As previously, the Caucasian brands (cheese, tea, honey and wine) introduced by the Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) got a lot of interest because of their regional format.
"We are very happy to present a pack of the Caucasian tea instead of a report on the results of the big and interesting work we carried out within the frames of the Festival. It is the best evidence of the fruitfulness of our modest efforts to facilitate the dialogue and cooperation of businessmen in the South Caucasus," says Oskari Pentikainen, Senior Programme Officer at International Alert.
The Festival of Tea and Honey was organized by CBDN to promote Caucasus brands. Established in 2005, CBDN has regional offices in Yerevan, Baku, Gyumri, Stepanakert, Kutaisi, Kars, Tbilisi, Sukhum/i, Tskhinval/i. CBDN Yerevan Office was represented by the Institute for Civil Society and Regional Development. All the initiatives of CBDN supported by International Alert aim to make a positive contribution and follow the principles of do-no-harm. Caucasus Business and Development Network promotes peace-building through regional economic cooperation and dialogue between all business communities across the South Caucasus.