Virpazar – On one side of the small town you can hear a new album of Steve Wonder and on the other an unplugged tambourine players. Among thousands of devotees to the God Bahus, who came to Virpazar from all over Montenegro, you can sense the aroma of the fried bleak. With this kind of frame for the story about the first day of the jubilee 10th Festival of wine and bleak you don’t need too much imagination to think of a good mood, redness of faces and song from all sided which yesterday, at least for short, gave life to the ex center of Crmnica district.
Beside the festival stands, in the desire to see and taste as much as it is possible, one beside the others from the early afternoon hours one could see old men with moustaches, people in snickers and in fancy shoes, in suites and in trainers, young and old people. And on the stands – food and drink for all tastes, because beside the thematic products there were also other products of the under Rumija area: honey, olives, cheese, onion, mandarins, oranges etc.
We have 60 exhibitors of wine and 20 more other exhibitors, we have provided a free tasting of wine on every stand, as well as gratis bleak and fish soup – says enologist PhD Svetozar Savic, the man most responsible for the new festival design.
The exhibition of his photographs “Crminicki fragmenti” (FRAGMENTS FROM CRMINCA) in hotel “13 jul” (13th JULY) has encircled the ambience. Gladly expected at every stand, the president of the Municipality of bar, Zarko Pavicevic did not hide the pleasure because of the fact that the festival is growing from year to year.
– We will try to make the festival to get an international character, and to be a presenter of the Municipality, because beside the tourist and cultural it has also an economic component – said the Mayor for “Vijesti” in front of the stand of Mijo Dobrkovic from Macuge.
Special attention of the present ones was drawn by the ex president of the Referendum Republic Commission PhD Frantisek Lipka, who came to festival to visit some old friends from Bar.
– I am in a private visit, and I have gladly answered the invitation of the Municipality, and I am really enjoying, this is a very nice fiesta. Bleak lives only in this lake, and it should be cherished, as well as this tradition. I am attached to Montenegro, and I wish to see you developing – said the Slovenian diplomat.
Lipka, else, was the first guest of the stand of the first Crmnica Knight of Wine – famous bank man Mijo Ulama, who for the first time after 35 years of production has exhibited his wine. A bottle of “Mijo’s vranac” in a very luxurious wrapping material costs 50 euros.
Another vintner from Sotonici, Slobo Kojicic, had a much visited stand. His white and red wine was sold 4 euros per liter. Kojicic’s stand with expert observations was decorated and tasted by Petar Markovic, who advised the unskilled journalists to mandatory take an apple or orange “even instead of snack” when one should drink a “lager amount of wine”, because they “absorb the acid in stomach”.
“Kings” from Podgorica took care that the cold wind from the lake doesn’t ruin the fun, who gave gratis 4.000 plates of very tasteful fish soup. Wine wasn’t spared too; one on of the stand points where the wine was poured freely it is estimated that about 600 liters of wine from 18h was drank, and that much amount will be drank in Sunday – said Ivo from Vir, adding that the prices are from “4 to 20 euros per liter”. The program included the performance of the great dancers from “Soletiko”, KAA Jedinstvo and ethno group “Zora” (DAWN) from Bar, as well as the Artistci center “As” from Herceg Novi, whose performances were heartily rewarded with applauses.
TODAY PROCLAMATION OF THE BEST
Today’s festival program at 10 hours will be opened by the contest of the sport fisherman and kayak riders, with preparation and trying out of fish soup. At 11h starts the tound table “Wine roads”, and 13h we will have the solemn awarding of rewards for the best poem about wine, for the best fisherman, kayak rider, and best fish soup and best wines. Gusle night starts at 17h, and an hour later there will be an entertaining night in the hotel “13 Jul” which closes the fiesta. The organizers are the vine growers and vintners from Crminca, Local Community Crmnica and NGO “Skadar Lake”, and the sponsors are Municipality of Bar and the Ministry of agriculture.