The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe, within the GIZ project “Rural development through integrated forest and water resources management in Southeast Europe: Rural perspectives: qualification, reintegration and (self) employment” supported the organization of the event “Bojane Grapes Festival”, which was organized by the ZIP Institute, Skopje in the period 8-10 September, 2017 in Bojane, Macedonia.
The “Bojane Grapes Festival” is a traditional manifestation of promotion and development of the Bojane Bio Grapes. The event is consisted of a wide palette of activities starting from June to October each year. The whole manifestation is divided into many activities, such as the Bojane vineyard conference and the “Bojane Grapes Festival”.
The primary goal of this regional event was to give opportunities to the farmers to meet with their colleagues from the country and abroad, to expand their knowledge on damage management from the weather disasters. This event is one of its kind within the Municipality of Saraj which provides for farmers and small businesses to meet and exchange experiences. 15 viticulturists from Bojane exhibited their products at the festival. Although mainly grape products were exhibited at the festival, livestock products that are usually consumed along with the grapes, such as country cheeses were also presented. Small companies exhibited old wood-fired tools, which have been sold as souvenirs.