The project is co-funded by European Union through the Interreg-IPA CBC Bulgaria–Turkey Programme.
Tsarevo, in front of "N. Vaptsarov" School
The Festival of Strandja’s manna honey is held annually since 2004, from 1 to 10 August, in Tsarevo under the motto "Tsarevo - the kingdom of manna honey". All kinds of honey and bee products from the whole country are presented on festival days. The organizer is the Municipality of Tsarevo.
Manna honey is mainly harvested in the Strandzha region because of the favorable climatic conditions. It is obtained from the manna on the leaves of oak and lime. This manna is obtained with the help of insects that pierce the leaves of the plants. Insects feed on one part of the sweet juice that flows out, and the rest is shed on the leaves as a sticky liquid. When around the bees there are no nectar plants, they gather the manna and turn it into honey. Manna honey is rich in minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins, monosaccharides, folic acid and is known for its beneficial properties.
There are a number of discussions on topics such as the possibility to develop and fund beekeeping, prophylaxis and bee health care during different seasons, technologies and innovations in the medical application of honey.