The first Chinese delegation came to Momchilovtsi in 2008. Its aim was to study the possibility of making yoghurt. They visited many places in Bulgaria, but eventually choose this beautiful village. The delegation was impressed by the diligence and the hospitality of its people. Few days ago there was another group from the country of the silk. The purpose of their visit was to give the start of a bilateral project aiming at promoting the Bulgarian yoghurt in China and to give a start to the partnership between "Bright" Company and the village of Momchilovtsi. "We are very happy to see the Chinese company helping our village, because they can produce this yoghurt with or without us” says Mayor Nikova. The delegation was lead by the vice-president of the company Sun Kadzie-Jackson. He was accompanied by a famous Chinese writer and many journalists from the biggest TV channels and radio stations from Shanghai and Beijing. They have gathered rich audio material, which will introduce the traditional process of making Bulgarian yoghurt to the Chinese audience. “Video advertisements about the village feature the local people, their folklore traditions and manners”, says Maria Nikova.
The traditional cuisine of Momchilovtsi will also be shown there. One of the guests was a popular journalist, who works for a cooking show in Travel channel. She shot a movie about our traditional cuisine and the process of cooking. People from the village of Momchilovtsi welcome their guests with a big round loaf of bread, salt, a bunch of wild geranium and homemade brandy. The reception could not go without the popular Rhodope songs under the accompaniment of the Kaba bagpipe. The Chinese delegation granted the village with a modern sound installation and a picture, which reads “We love Momchilovtsi. “ Brignt” company came up with the so called wall of smiles, where the happy faces of many Chinese people eating Bulgarian yoghurt are shown.
Translated by: Kostadin Atanasov
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