Ajika Festival

Ajika is a Georgian sauce, with its historic roots going back to Colchis, Samegrelo, and Abkhazia, probably around the 15th century. It combines hot and strongly-flavored spices to deliver a taste and aroma that can be felt long before it reaches your mouth.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

What is the secret of the unique flavor of ajika? 

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.

Ajika Festival

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.

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