Family production of meat delicacies “Balkansky Yastia” in Bolgrad is a mini workshop that provides all stages of the production of dry-cured sausages and meat delicacies from natural raw materials. The company was founded by the Bessarabian family of Sergei and Natalia Rusevs. Products are made according to ancient Balkan recipes using local raw materials of local breeds of animals and spices grown independently.
In addition to production facilities, the wine and gastronomic tourist location has a branded store of finished products and a tasting room decorated in the style of a traditional Bulgarian mehana (national restaurant). Mekhana “Balkan Yastia” has a museum exposition on ethnographic topics: authentic costumes of Bessarabian and Thracian Bulgarians, handmade carpets, antique furniture, various containers for drinks, including more than 400 decanters for wine and crayfishи.
During the excursions, the owner of the enterprise Sergey Rusev tells about the history of the enterprise, the search for authentic recipes for the production of products and the preparation of traditional Bulgarian dishes, about the stages of production and the raw materials used in the process. During the visit, under the guidance of a technologist, you can take part in the production of sausages. The tour ends with a tasting of the best samples of finished products. Visitors have the opportunity to be photographed in national dress. For groups of 5 people or more, master classes on cooking traditional Balkan dishes are held with a trip to the Belgorod market, where you can buy seasonal vegetables and spices from local grans.The tastings take place in the “mehanа” – a traditional style degustation room with a large number of old Bulgarian household items. The tastings presented:
– dry-cured pork sujuk;
– dry-cured pork/beef sujuk;
– dry-cured beef sujuk;
– dried pork;
– dried pork/beef;
– dried beef;
– pastorma d'dried;
– karnak;
– spices (chybritsa, hot salt, myrudia, pepper);
– homemade liqueurs;
– a glass of wine, water, homemade kvass (uzvar, compote).
Tasting lasts 60 minutes.
The excursion includes inspection of the ethnographic exposition, as well as acquaintance with the production, where you can see modern equipment, a camera for d'rying sausages and a shop for storing finished products. The tour is included in the tasting price.