Wine & Gastronomy Theater (February)
This culinary event traditionally takes place in mid-February during the annual ExpoVin Moldova wine exhibition. During this event, the best chefs from Moldova, and also some foreign chefs, cook delicious dishes in front of an audience.
The food is paired with selected wines from local wineries exhibiting at the expo. Sometimes traditional dishes are prepared by local celebrities. Information about the Wine & Gastronomy Theater can be found here. Event date February 20-23, 2013, at Moldexpo Exchibition Centre.
Moldova Wine Festival (October)
The Moldova wine festival, officially named "National Wine Day", takes place in Chisinau during the first weekend in October at the end of the grape harvest. The festival celebrates Moldova's rich winemaking traditions, which date back to the 15th century.
During the festival, Moldovan wineries proudly display their wines in individual stands, often richly decorated in national style, and offer wine tastings to visitors. Guests can find a vast range of wine, from dry wines (reds, whites, and rosés) produced following the latest trends; to sparkling wines; to sweet, semi-sweet, and fortified wines; to rare "collection wines", produced 10-20 years ago and stored in Moldova's famous underground cellars. While wine is the main attraction, dozens of local restaurants and cafes offer traditional foods: grilled meats, placinta, other national dishes, fruits, and desserts. The festival also has plenty of local color, with traditional music and dance and people dressed in national costumes. Many vendors sell Moldovan handicrafts. Admission is free.
Its first edition that took place on October 28, 2012 in Lozova village, Straseni was very much appreciated. The event promotes the culture of pumpkin consumption and the quality of traditional dishes cooked from fresh products. At the festival the pumpkin is presented under all possible functions and forms: fresh for sale, cooked in cold and hot dishes, as lighter, as decoration, as vesselsfor wine, as musical instrument etc.
The festival program includes: Gastronomy, Music, Handicrafts market and Fresh Frits& Vegetables market. The event takes place on Lozova's central stadium by the October every year.