Festival of Russian cuisine With the Taste of Hospitality from the Russia-wide project Gastronomic Map of Russia was held within the XXII Summer Diplomatic Games, that took place in the Zavidovo Recreation Complex on the eve of the centenary of the GlavUpDK establishment.
The festival presented unique products and dishes from 25 Russian regions: from the Far East to the Arctic and Kaliningrad. The guests of the event got acquainted with the rich culinary traditions of the Russian peoples, tasted the most scrumptious gourmet foods, specially delivered to Zavidovo from all over the country, and also took part in informative masterclasses.
The Magadan Seafood Station offered boiled shrimp, mini crab burgers, and a unique product – wild Magadan shrimp, which are fished in the open ocean from a depth of 200 to 500 meters.
The Taste of Karelia presented trout soup on cream Lochikeito by Olga Belonogova's museum-restaurant VKareliaEst.
The center of the food court was decorated with a symbol of hospitality and home – the hearth. Emelya hearths were specially delivered from Izhevsk, and at the masterclass, they taught how to bake Udmurt fancy cakes with different fillings following the recipe of Buranovskiye Babushki.
In the pavilion, one could taste traditional Russian drinks from the researcher of Russian cuisine Igor Kekhter, who restored the recipe and launched the production of one of the first Russian national drinks ‘Aged Mead’.
The Russian Fish food station served Baltic sprat, Karelian trout, fresh fish appetizers from the Lena broad whitefish. They also introduced the techniques of cooking stroganina (slices of frozen fish or meat served cold), which came to the restaurant culture from the indigenous peoples of the North.
The guests did not only taste the Buryat buuzy but also learned how to make this meat dish, which has become the most popular in 2020 according to the Tastes of Russia National Contest.
As expected, according to tradition, everyone was united by pilaf, and the chefs Khamidulla Umarov and Timur Yarashev presented a pilaf show.
Pies of the Russian Regions station guests tasted Ossetian pies and meat pies – kulebyaki. Sweet tooth degusted Ryazan dish with cranberries -kalinniki, Ankov pies, Altai honey and pine nuts from Siberia, ice cream from Morozoff brand of Tver Region. Delicious teas and herbal tea from the samovar were the best complements to the sweets.
The main treat of August – watermelon – was the pride of the festival. At the festival, guests enjoyed "moon" and red stoned watermelons, melons of 2021 harvest from the Astrakhan region.
The atmosphere of the festival was enriched by bright and fiery performances of the folk ensemble Soroki from Veliky Novgorod, the group of drummers CrushDrummers, brass band Fortuna Brass, and cover band Weekend.
Gastronomic Map of Russia is a cross-industry project on tourism development, uniting thousands of chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and producers in the Russian regions. Since the project launched in 2017, 23 mobile festivals of regional cuisine have been held in 20 regions of the country. They included the festival-travel to the host cities of the World Cup in 2018; and the festival Cuisine of the Peoples of Russia as part of the celebration of National Unity Day. Nine recipe books have been published.
At the project festivals, 80% of the participating chefs went out for the first time and presented their dishes made from local products in an affordable one-hand-food format. Approximately the same percentage of festival guests tasted many dishes of Russian regional cuisine and local products for the first time.
One of the most popular forms of project work in the regions is the Regional Cuisine Project Learning Laboratories: Taste of Siberia in Kemerovo and Sheregesh, Taste of Gorny Altai in Gorno-Altaisk, Taste of the Arctic in Teriberka, Taste of the Far East in Vladivostok, etc.
In 2021, with the support of the Federal Tourism Agency, the project will launch Russia's first mobile travel planning application for gastronomic tourism, Gastronomic Map of Russia.
The project is implemented with the information support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Federal Tourism Agency.
Project activities are aimed at the promotion and introduction of Russian regional cuisine, local products, and the development of the culture of Russian food consumption into the hospitality industry. The project is designed to draw attention to the achievements of Russian entrepreneurs, as well as the need to recognize the cuisine of the peoples of Russia as an integral part of Russian culture, an essential aspect of tourism.