The main ingredients of ajika are chili pepper, garlic, salt, and various spices.
Its taste is largely determined by the manufacturing technology used to make it. Since 2018, the technology for making Abkhazian and Megrelian ajika has been granted the status of intangible cultural heritage.
Since 2018, in the administrative center of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, namely the city of Zugdidi, occurs the well-established "Ajika Festival," an annual event held in summer or autumn.
Culinary masterclasses are held in the course of the festival, where you can taste ethnic dishes, hear about the gastronomic history of Georgia and, of course, taste and buy different types of ajika such as red ajika, green ajika, and dry ajika. In addition, Svanetian salt, tkemali, and tomato sauce are also presented.