- Capital of Bulgaria
- Surface area: 180 km2
- Population: 1,429,947
- Title and signature date of the agreement: Cooperation agreement between the Municipality of Sofia and the Brussels-Capital Region signed 26 April 2004.
At the crossroad of many influences, Sofia's cuisine is typical of the Balkans. Mezes, grills and salads are often in evidence in generous platefuls. Bulgarian cuisine isn't limited to the famous yoghurt. It's perpetually reinventing itself. Sofia is represented by two young entrepreneurs who have reinvented the traditional Bulgarian fritter or mekitsa by presenting it with a range of sweet or savoury fillings. Their cafés are currently very fashionable among Sofia's residents.
The Sofia Ambassador: Mekitza & Café
This year, Mekitza & Café offers a plate of mekitsas and a plate of banitsas. The stuffing, sweet or salty, is different every day to further pleasures.
- Small mekitsas* with cheese (2 pieces) and small mekitsas with powder sugar (2 pieces)
- Banitsa** with apples and cinnamon
- Small mekitsas with jam (2 pieces) and small mekitsas with sugar (2 pieces)
- The most traditional banitsa with cow cheese
- Small mekitsas with lyutivka (spicy paprika) (2 pieces) and small mekitsas with sugar (2 pieces)
- Banitsa with leek and cheese
- Small mekitsas with honey (2 pieces) and small mekitsas with sugar (2 pieces)
- Banitsa with mushrooms
*Mekitsa is a traditional Bulgarian dish made of fried dough. It can be garnished with sweet or savory traditional products like white cheese, jam and honey. All ingredients were produced in Bulgarian local farms. The mekitsa is fried in sunflower oil. There will be 4 mekitsas in every dish.
**Banitsas are some kind of turnover made of sheets of pastry in the form of a snail. They are stuffed and can be salty or sweet.
Traditional delicacies stand
The Bulgarian representatives of Mékitsa & Café present their typical and authentic take-away products: plum, wild strawberry, Bulgarian rose-petal, and rose-hip (fruit of the sweet brier rose) jam, biological honey, lyutenitsa (spiced vegetable chutney), lyutivka (caviar of spicy paprika), lukanka (Bulgarian dried salami sausage), elderberry syrup and rakia (strong alcoholic drink made from grapes or plums).