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Trade Fair

We were walking by the river in Tirana on Sunday and noticed a group of stalls that had been set up by the road. It turned out to be a trade fair organised by Oxfam who have been working with farmers in rural Albania, and had set up this fair as a way for those farmers to get their goods to the public.

There was a lot of wine on sale and plenty of raki too, including a very vivid green example made from mulberry. Cheese, honey, herbs and woven goods made up the rest. I was briefly tempted by the mulberry raki, but in the end decided against it.

Comments

ITS said…
"Raki mani 40 grade, balli i kazanit", mulberry raki is da bomb!
our man said…
OK - next time I'll buy some.
rachele said…
Glad to see the fairs are still being organised! Thanks for mentioning this.
Paul C said…
We tried raki made with walnuts when we were here. Strong, strong stuff ... not for the faint of heart.
our man said…
Haven't come across the walnut stuff. I did try the raki mani tonight at a friend's house. It was a much more subdued shade of green - apparently from the mulberry leaf. Quite an interesting aftertaste. My favourite is still pear though.

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Welcome to Our Man in Tirana. I moved to Tirana, capital of Albania, in October 2005 and left in October 2007. This blog is a mix of photographs, reports, links, impressions and, undoubtedly, prejudices relating to the city and the country.

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