Sudjuk / Local Bansko cuisine

The cuisine of Bansko is unique for the borders of the town. The answer to that is in the development of Bansko as a town of merchants in the 18th century. While traveling to Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and Germany with their caravan, the tradesman of Bansko were bringing back influences and inspiration.
Thanks to the ladies of the town, who had to run the household throughout the year, specific dishes were prepared in Bansko and nowhere else. Nowadays those recipes are part of the traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

We would like to share with you cured meat goodies that Bansko has to offer.

Sudjuck is a sausage that is popular all over the Balkans. In Bansko it could be served dried or grilled. Both will have black papper, salt, cumin and dill seeds.
The Mehana restaurants are serving Sudjuck as part of their menues…. but from where to get it for home?
Here is the best shop in Bansko for cured meats. The place is in the lower part of the town and its not even listed on google maps. Here it is below.
It is open from Monday till Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. In Saturdays it works until 1 pm.

Chomlek / Local Bansko cuisine

The cuisine of Bansko is unique for the borders of the town. The answer to that is in the development of Bansko as a town of merchants in the 18th century. While traveling to Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and Germany with their caravan, the tradesman of Bansko were bringing back influences and inspiration.
Thanks to the ladies of the town, who had to run the household throughout the year, specific dishes were prepared in Bansko and nowhere else. Nowadays those recipes are part of the traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

We would like to share with you the recipes of our Bansko grannies. We present you “Chomlek”

Ingredients for a portion for six: …… it’s just that the portions in Bansko can’t be small

1 kg of Beef . If possible with the bone

2 kg Potatoes

2 – 3 Onions, 3 – 4 Garlic cloves

3 glasses of red wine

Salt, black pepper and bay leaf

Preparation and cooking:

Most important for “Chomlek” is to get yourself a clay pot… well a regular one will do the job.
Roughly chop the potatoes, followed by the onions and garlic. There is no need to soften them as all will get into the oven for several hours.

Get a pan and add a sip of olive oil. Place the potatoes with the chopped onions and garlic. On top, put the beef cut. Be careful with sipping the wine. Make a small hole through the layer of potatoes. Pour in so that the wine goes to the bottom. Put the lid on top.

Once you are ready with the preparation, put the pot in cold oven and turn it 200 degrees celsius. After 30 minutes of cooking, lower the temperature to 180 C and let simmer for 4 hours.
This is a holiday or Christmas dish in Bansko, but could be found during the whole year in the traditional Mehana Restaurants in the Old Town. The Unique Bansko mehanas are run by local families and are serving the recipes of their grannies…. so don’t wonder where to go.
Enjoy “Chomlek” with a glass of Bulgarian wine.

Tsvetan Bizev
BFT Founder / Bansko's recipes hunter

Katino Meze / Local Bansko cuisine

The cuisine of Bansko is unique for the borders of the town. The answer to that is in the development of Bansko as a town of merchants in the 18th century. While traveling to Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and Germany with their caravan, the tradesman of Bansko were bringing back influences and inspiration.
Thanks the the ladies of the town, who had to run the household throught out the year, specific dishes were prepared in Bansko and no where else. Nowadays those recipes are part of the traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

We would like to share with you the recipes of our Bansko grannies. We present you “Katino Meze”

Ingridients for a portion for two:

1 Pork steak – around 150 to 200 gram

2 Green peppers

1 -2 fresh Tomatos and parsley

Preparation and cooking:

Slice the meat in equal sized cuts. Chop the green peppers and grate the tommatos. Get a pan, sip of olive oil and stir the peppers with salt and blac k papper. Once they get soften, add the pork and add a bit of salt.
Tommatos are to be added when the meat is starting to caramelize. Let it simmer for a while.
Overall, the dish is ready in 15 minutes.
Enjoy it with a glass of cold beer in the summer or with red wine during the winter.

Here is the recipe of the grandma of Tsvetan and Nikolay, your favourite twins and guides in Bansko.

Bansko Flea Market

Did you know that Bansko has a flea market?
Typical weekend in Bansko includes winter sports, local restaurant (mehana), and of course a free walking tour
What if we tell you that there is actually more to be seen in our little town. Have you ever wonder how the locals manage to look so fashionable? Where are the beautiful flowers on our facades coming from? We will reveal that strictly guarded secret to you now. Every Sunday there is a pop-up/flea market right next to “Sveti Petar” stadium.
The market is open from early in the morning until noon (1 pm) and offers big variety of commodities. Head to the City park and simply follow the queue of people. In 5 minutes you will reach the first sellers. They sell flowers. You can find seeds, soil and special instructions for your gardening hobby.
The street will then get more crowded. Suddenly you are into the heart of the market. On your right you can see track suits, t-shirts, sports and elegant shoes. Look to your left to see a man selling watches, batteries and old CDs.
The market offers everything – from clothes and carpets to vintage accessories. It is worth visiting if you want to mix with the locals. Our advice would be to do it in morning and combine it with good lunch in a mehana. Saturday is for the Bansko Free Tour, Sunday for the flea market.
Location: Tsar Simeon street, bellow “Sveti Petar”stadium
Working hours: Every Sunday: 8 am – 1 pm
Weekly pop-up/flea market
Clothes, Flowers, Local crafts, vintage and collectable items

Bansko Free Tour Blog

We are really excited to start our blog, where we will share our knowledge and experience about the culture and traditions of Bansko. The plan is to dive, research, write and post every week materials about local history, things to do, Bansko recipes and culture and laguage.
Follow our passion about Bansko….. and it’s cuisine mostly….. and history.

Tsvetan Bizev
BFT Founder / Bansko's recipes hunter