Małopolska Taste Festival
Address: Plac Wolnica
Entry Fee: free
Start Date: 2017-08-28
End Date: 2017-08-28
Start Time: 12:00
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Poland largely escaped the industrialisation of food that has resulted in so many unpleasant surprises for the ‘advanced’ West in recent decades. An incompetent economic system did little for the comfort of Poland’s population in the Communist era, but it did allow local food traditions to continue uninterrupted. Now that Poles are free to deploy their considerable marketing skills, and eye for quality, they find they have a wealth of organic and artisanal food traditions to offer the world.
The Festival of Malopolska Flavours takes place across the region of southern Poland that has Krakow as its capital (in Oświęcim, Tarnow, Nowy Sącz, Nowy Targ and Miechow). The grand finale of the festival, a two-day feast of flavoursome fare, takes place in Wolnica Square in Krakow’s Kazimierz district – also the venue for those other two local celebrations of food, the Bread Festival and the International Soup Festival.
Founded in 2005, the Festival of Malopolska Flavours (‘Malopolska’ means ‘Lesser Poland’) has gone from strength to strength. Festival-goers are should refrain from breakfast since there are endless opportunities to gobble down free samples. Prizes are awarded for the best dishes and produce and other activities include decorating a giant effigy of a beloved Polish queen with vegetables.
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