Georgian feast (supra) is the spiritual and cultural part of the Georgian society. Georgians sit around the table not only for precious wine and food delicacies but their participation in the feast. Therefore, it comes from the widely acknowledged belief that the guests are sent by God. The aim of the process is to strengthen the human relations.
Georgians feasts are led by a toastmaster called Tamada who raises the toasts - Sadgegrdzelo. The Tamada is chosen either among the table members or is appointed by the host. He arranges the feast in a perfect order. The entire feast depends on the wisdom and eloquence of Tamada. Holding a feast is a complicated task. The duties of the tamada are as follows: he blesses families, wishes prosperity, health, happiness and overcoming of all obstacles in life. Traditionally, wine is drunk by small clay vessels or horns called Kantsi.
Georgian feast is always accompanied by music, cheerful energetic dances, and beautiful polyphonic songs. Being invited to the "supra" is a great privilege and ultimate experience of Georgian culture at its best.
● If you are used to the Western-European style of dining you might be surprised by local customs. It is much more common in restaurants to serve all the dishes (starters, soups, main dishes) simultaneously with empty plates for each person at the table. The intention is that you can easily share all the dishes and enjoy them whenever you want.
● It is always a good idea to order bread (puri) and some sauce (for example tkemali) with your meal, especially meats.
● If you appreciate service and your meal it is welcomed to leave a tip (10-15% of the value of your order). In some restaurants, service is included (10%).
● You can safely drink tap water and use springs on the streets, which are quite common in Georgian towns.