Sarmale are traditional cabbage rolls filled with minced meat, a typical dish in the Romanian cuisine.
They never miss from the dinner table at traditional holidays such as Christmas, Easter, weddings or any other major family celebration. Local families usually take pride in making sarmale and it is no wonder Romania has a dedicated festival.
Started out in 1994 in Hungary, the Sarmale Festival settled down after a few years in Praid, a commune in the foothills of Gurghiului Mountains in Harghita county. It now brings participants from all over Romania and abroad, including Hungary.