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Culinary & Cultural Festivals in Poland – 2017 Calendar

January 31st, 2017

 

Annual Regional Food Contest in Lopuszna, Malopolska - Lesser Poland region.

Annual Regional Food Contest in Lopuszna, Malopolska – Lesser Poland region.

If you’re heading to Krakow, Warsaw , Wroclaw and/or Gdansk, Poland this summer and fall, plan to attend culinary and cultural festivals in those four cities and surrounding areas. Celebrate with great regional cuisine and immerse yourself in local culture. What a treat!

JUNE – AUGUST 2017

KRAKOW

Regional Food Contest in Lopuszna – Taste hundreds of delicious highlander-style home-made recipes – 19 July, 2017 in Lopuszna, Lesser Poland region

VII International Festival of Wine & Flavors – Polish and foreign wines, local foods and entertainment – 24 – 26 July, 2017 in Krynica-Zdroj, Lesser Poland region

Oscypek and All Cheeses Festival– A celebration of all cheeses  – 09 August, 2017 in Zakopane, Lesser Poland region

XV Pierogi Festival– Polish stuffed dumplings festival – 11 – 15 August, 2017 – location: Maly Rynek square in Krakow, Lesser Poland region

XLIX Sabalowe Bajania– Annual festival of the local folklore – 06 – 09 August, 2017 in Bukowina Tatrzanska, Lesser Poland region

49th International Highland Folklore Festival– Highlanders from all over the world descend on Zakopane – 23 – 30 August, 2017 – Zakopane, Lesser Poland region

Malopolska Taste Festival– Grand Finale – 21 – 23 August, 2017 – location: Plac Wolnica, Kazimierz district, Krakow in Lesser Poland region

XIII International Wine Days – 15 – 16 August, 2017 – location: Jaslo, Lesser Poland region

Krakow Honey Harvest – XXIII Bee-Keepers Festival – 29 – 30 August, 2017 – Plac Wolnica, Kazimierz district, Krakow in Lesser Poland region

WARSAW

XX Biesiada Weselna – Celebrating Polish Wedding Traditions  – 16 – 17 May, 2017 – Wegrow, Mazovia region

XII International Folk Festival “Warsfolk” – Folk ensambles from all over the world perform in Warsaw – 22 – 23 August, 2017, Warsaw, Poland

XXXVIII Kurpie Bee-Keepers Festival – Honey, regional food and bread festival  – 23 August, 2017 – Myszyniec, Mazovia region

 WROCLAW

X Polish National Trout Festival – Best regional trout dish competition and more – 19 July, 2017 – Polanica Zdroj, Lower Silesia region

XXII Polish Pottery Festival – 16 – 20 August, 2017 – Boleslawiec, Lower Silesia region

XIV Lower Silesia Soup Festival – 16 August, 2017 – Jedlina Zdroj, Lower Silesia region

XVI Flour Fest – Breads and sweets on display – 23 August, 2017 – Botanical Garden in Wroclaw, Lower Silesia region

Polish-Czech Harvest Festival– 23 August 2017 – Lawica village, Klodzko Commune in Lower Silesia region.

GDANSK

Fishermen Sea Pilgrimage by Boats –  28 June, 2017 in Puck, Pomerania region of Poland.

Kashubian Strawberry Harvest – 28 June, 2017 in Zlota Gora near Kartuzy, Pomerania region of Poland.

The Cod Fish Harvest – Polish Seafood Recipes Championship – 11 – 12 July, 2017 in Gniewno, Pomerania region of Poland.

Wdzydze Fair – 12 July, 2017 in Wdzydze, Pomerania region of Poland.

Kashubian Fair & Regional Cuisine – 18 – 19 July, 2017 – in Kartuzy, Pomerania region of Poland.

St. Dominik’s Fair & Bread Festival –  25 July – 15 August, 2017 in Gdansk, Pomerania region of Poland.

Polish Championships in Tobacco Snuffing – 26 July, 2017 in Chmielno, Pomerania region of Poland.

Pomerania Fair & Regional Cuisine – July/August, 2017 – in Bytow, Bytow Castle, Pomerania region of Poland.

International Folklore Festival – July/August, 2017 – in different Kashubian towns, Pomerania region of Poland.

Kashubian Flavors/ Malënowi Bęks – End of strawberry harvest – July/August, 2016 – in Wygoda Laczynska, Pomerania region of Poland.

Magic Malbork and Medieval Fair – 8 August, 2017 in Malbork, Pomerania region of Poland.

Days with Music and Bread – every Saturday and Sunday in July and August – in Kluki at the Slavic Village Museum, Pomerania region of Poland.

 

Folk dancers at the annual Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec, Lower Silesia region of Poland.

Folk dancers at the annual Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec, Lower Silesia region of Poland.

SEPTEMBER 2017

KRAKOW

XVI Bean Day Celebration – 5 – 6 September, 2017 – Zakliczyn, Lesser Poland region

Charsznica Cabbage Days Celebrations – 12 September, 2017 – in Charsznica,  Lesser Poland region

Potato Day Celebration  – 19 September, 2017 – in Bogucin Duzy, Lesser Poland region

WARSAW

Mazovian Bread Festival – Annual best Mazovian breads and harvest festival  – 13 September, 2017 – in Wegrow, Mazovia region

VIII Ecology Fair in Ostroleka – 20 September, 2017 – in Ostroleka, Mazovia region

WROCLAW

Jelenia Gora Fair– 29 August – 30 August, 2017 – in Jelenia Gora, Lower Silesia region

XV International Bee-Keepers Fair– 29 August & 30 August, 2017 – in Jelenia Gora, Lower Silesia region

Potato Day Celebration– 12 September, 2017 – in Pstrazna, Lower Silesia region

Wine Day Celebration in the Treasure City– 5 – 6 September, 2017 – in Sroda Slaska, Lower Silesia region

GDANSK

Regional Contest for Best Pomeranian Fruit Cordial – 30 August, 2017 in Swolowo, Pomerania region of Poland.

Forest People Mushroom Holiday – 12 September, 2017 in Bory Tucholskie, Osieczna, Pomerania region of Poland.

Cysterian Fair – 13 September, 2017 in Pelplin, Pomerania region of Poland.

Kashubian Singers Convention – 13 September, 2017 in Zukowo, Pomerania region of Poland.

Potato Harvest – 13 September, 2017 in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, Pomerania region of Poland.


2016 Christmas Markets in Poland

December 21st, 2016

Christmas time is the most magical period of the year in Poland. The omnipresent atmosphere of kindness and happiness created by the presence of both locals and foreign visitors celebrating together is contagious.

The best thing about Christmas in Poland appears to be the combination of Polish traditions and customs together with the hospitality of the local people. Everyone seems to be more friendly, helpful and sociable than at any other time of the year. One can feel this unusual aura, at the main market squares in largest Polish cities like: Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Olsztyn, Toruń etc.

Christmas market in Wrocław, Lower Silesia region of Poland

Christmas market in Wrocław, Lower Silesia region of Poland

Christmas market in Krakow in the Lesser Poland region

Evening at the Christmas market in Krakow, in the Lesser Poland region

Christmas markets are the best places to meet with friends and relatives and have a cup of mulled wine or mead. It must be remembered that Christmas markets, which are set up every year a month before Christmas Eve, are a part of Polish tradition.

That’s why you should definitely consider visiting Poland during that time! Christmas markets offer unforgettable artistic and culinary events. At the markets you can purchase beautiful Christmas decorations such as: hand-made glass Christmas tree ornaments, tinsels and Christmas lights. You can also become a happy owner of a real Christmas tree. The joyful atmosphere at the markets is additionally created by the sound of Christmas carols, played in both Polish and English. However, the main attraction of each and every Christmas market in Poland remains nativity scene. The one in Krakow presents hand-made figures of the Holy Family and some replicas of Krakow’s famous monuments.

People are listening Christmas carols

People listening to Christmas carols at the Christmas market in Wroclaw

Foreign visitors feel tempted to come to Christmas markets where they can learn about Polish traditions, get original presents, and try some home-made treats and products originating from various regions of Poland, e.g. meads, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread or oscypek – smoked sheep cheese made by highlanders from Podhale region.

Christmas decorations for sale

Christmas ornaments for sale at the Wroclaw Christmas market

Christmas decoration for sale

Gingerbread hearts for sale at the Wroclaw Christmas market

It’s amazing to be here – said Graeme from Ireland. It’s my first time in Cracow (Krakow) and I’m impressed! I wasn’t sure about coming to Poland at winter time because my Polish friends told me that winters here are very cold and severe. But now I realize that the decision I have made was totally right! I’ve just bought some Christmas decorations for my parents and I’m sure that they’ll love it!”

Main square - meeting place

Holiday display at the Main Market Square in Wroclaw

Here are dates for 2016 Christmas Markets – Jarmarki Bozonarodzeniowe in various major cities across Poland:

Warsaw (November 24 – January 6)

Kraków (November 25 – December 26)

Wrocław (November 23 – December 23)

Gdańsk (December  6 – December 23)

Olsztyn (December 13 – December 16)

Toruń (December 15 – December 23)

Merry Christmas Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!


Poland Culinary Vacations Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2017!

October 30th, 2016

10th Anniversary Celebration throughout 2017, reduced prices and exciting trips! Join us in Poland in 2017 and let’s celebrate together!

Poland Culinary Vacations Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2017

Poland Culinary Vacations Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2017

January 2017 will mark 10 YEARS since the launch of Poland Culinary Vacations. It’s been an exciting journey from the very beginning. The most exciting and rewarding part has been meeting and hosting our guests in Poland and knowing that they’re getting the most intimate, in-depth cultural and culinary travel experience while on their Poland Culinary Vacations!

EAT!Vancouver Festival - promoting Poland Culinary Vacations.

EAT!Vancouver Festival – promoting Poland Culinary Vacations

Throughout 2017 travel season, we will be offering SPECIAL, REDUCED PRICES on all 2017 trips as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration. We’re taking $500 OFF PER PERSON and lifting the SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! So, if you’ve always wanted to join us on one of our trips, we hope that you’ll join us in 2017 and take advantage of the reduced prices!

Poland Culinary Vacations guests enjoying great food, drink and company

   Our guests enjoying great food, drink and company while in Poland

Please visit our website: www.PolandCulinaryVacations.com for all available 2017 dates and detailed trip itineraries. See you in beautiful and “delicious” Poland in 2017!


September 2016 Happenings Around Poland in Food and Wine.

August 31st, 2016

Heading to Poland this September? Are you looking to experience local food traditions and taste delectable artisan foods? If your answer is YES, then vacationing in Poland in September, during harvest season, is the best time to enjoy delicious food and drink. Here are numerous events planned around Poland in September celebrating food during harvest season:

Fresh foods on display at Polish festivals.

Fresh foods in Poland

KRAKOW

XV Bean Day Celebration – 5 – 6 September, 2016 – Zakliczyn, Lesser Poland region

Charsznica Cabbage Days Celebrations – 12 September, 2016 – in Charsznica, Lesser Poland region

Potato Day Celebration – 19 September, 2016 – in Bogucin Duzy, Lesser Poland region

Home made canned foods sold at a Polish market

Home made canned foods sold at a Polish fresh food market

WARSAW

Mazovian Bread Festival – Annual best Mazovian breads and harvest festival – 13 September, 2016 – in Wegrow, Mazovia region

VIII Ecology Fair in Ostroleka – 20 September, 2016 – in Ostroleka, Mazovia region

Harvest Festival - Dozynkowy - bread.

Harvest Festival Bread – Chleb Dozynkowy 

WROCLAW

Jelenia Gora Fair– 29 August – 30 August, 2016 – in Jelenia Gora, Lower Silesia region

XIV International Bee-Keepers Fair– 29 August & 30 August, 2016 – in Jelenia Gora, Lower Silesia region

Potato Day Celebration– 12 September, 2016 – in Pstrazna, Lower Silesia region

Wine Day Celebration in the Treasure City– 5 – 6 September, 2015 – in Sroda Slaska, Lower Silesia region

Wreaths and bread and harvest festival in Poland.

Traditional wreaths and bread and harvest festival in Poland

GDANSK

Forest People Mushroom Holiday – 12 September, 2016 in Bory Tucholskie, Osieczna, Pomerania region of Poland.

Cysterian Fair – 13 September, 2016 in Pelplin, Pomerania region of Poland.

Kashubian Singers Convention – 13 September, 2016 in Zukowo, Pomerania region of Poland.

Potato Harvest – 13 September, 2016 in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, Pomerania region of Poland.

 

Enjoy your time in Poland this September 2016!


August and September 2016 Will be Extraordinary in Poland!

July 31st, 2016

If you’re a foodie and always on the lookout for new food experiences, there isn’t a better time to visit Poland than in August and/or September. Both months present unique and “delicious” culinary and cultural activities in various regions of Poland. Most focus on regional Polish foods and products but some mix international flavors making them even more desirable to attend.

PIEROGI FESTIVAL IN KARKOW, POALND

Annual PIEROGI FESTIVAL in Krakow, Poland

Here are some festivals not to be missed where local and international flavors and culture are on full display every August and September in Poland:

PIEROGI FESTIVAL in Krakow, Poland – 11 – 15 August, 2016

THE FESTIVAL OF FLAVORS in Gruczno, Poland – 20 – 21 August, 2016

INTERNATIONAL WINE DAYS in Jaslo, Poland – 24 – 28 August, 2016

THE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF FLAVORS in Lublin, Poland – 3 – 11 September, 2016

For additional August & September, 2016 culinary and cultural activities please visit our EVENTS & FESTIVALS CALENDAR

Smacznego! Enjoy! Bon Appetit!


Food Travel in Poland On June 2016 Food Travel Talk TV

June 30th, 2016

The most recent, June 2016 episode of Food Travel Talk TV was about Food Travel in Poland. The online program was moderated by Erik Wolf, Executive Director of World Food Travel Association based in Portland, Oregon. Erik recently visited Poland for the first time as a guest speaker at a special event devoted to the future of Food Tourism in Poland hosted by the University of Poznan. I am happy to report that he thoroughly enjoyed Poland and plans to visit again soon!

Watch and learn about all the exciting and “delicious” culinary happenings in Poland as Erik interviews me, Sarna Rose, Owner of Poland Culinary Vacations and Kasia Janiszewska, Association’s ambassador in Poland based in Olsztyn in the Mazuria region of Poland – north-east – also called “The Land of a Thousand Lakes.”

Enjoy, Like and Share the episode with your friends and family!


Discovering Malopolska Wine Trail – Poland

May 30th, 2016

In the process of researching our newest trip; “A SPA & Wine Vacation in Southern Poland & Krakow”, which launched back in 2015, we’ve discovered exciting developments on both the Malopolska (Lesser Poland) and Podkarpacka (Subcarpathian) Wine Trails! In this post, we’ll focus on Malopolska Wine Trail and next time we’ll introduce you to Podkarpacka Wine Trail.

Malopolska Wine Trail

Malopolska Wine Trail – Source: www.MalopolskiSzlakWinny.pl

For some time now, more and more wineries have been cropping up in Malopolska region and Malpolskie wines are gaining interest among wine critics and the public and have been winning medals at International Wine Contests. There are over 100 wineries in the region and growing. The 15 listed on the map above, already have or are very close, in obtaining necessary permits to sell their wines commercially.

Winnica Srebrna Gora Fot. Lukasz Sakiewicz

Winnica Srebrna Gora – Malopolska Wine Trail
Fot. Lukasz Sakiewicz

We are very excited about the ability to visit the select few Malopolskie wineries, taste their wines on-site; often paired with delicious regional food and meet the owners of these small and in most cases, family owned vineyards. The owners are very passionate and work very hard to bring us great tasting wines and shower us with their Polish hospitality!

More information about Malopolski Szlak Winny – Malopolska Wine Trail can be found on the dedicated website: Malopolski Szlak Winny – Malopolska Wine Trail Detailed information about viniculture in Malopolska is described, the soil and climate conditions, the variety of grapes grown and the style and character of wines produced. (The site is in Polish, so please use Translate function to get the text in your desired language).

Join us this fall, September 11-17, 2016 on “SPA & Wine Vacation in Southern Poland & Krakow” Click here for trip day-by-day itinerary!

NA ZDROWIE!


2016 Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurants in Warsaw & Cracow, Poland.

April 4th, 2016

A total of 52 restaurants have been recognized by the Michelin Guide for 2016 in Poland: 28 (up 4 on 2015) in Warsaw and 24 (up 3 on 2015) in Cracow. Atelier Amaro restaurant in Warsaw specializing in seasonal Polish cuisine held on to it’s one-star for the third year! A new restaurant, Senses, also based in Warsaw received one-start this year making it the second restaurant in the country to hold the esteemed distinction. Senses restaurant describes itself as “combining modern cooking techniques with classic Polish and international traditions.”

Chef at Belvedere restaurant in Warsaw, Poland.

Chef at Belvedere restaurant in Warsaw, Poland.

The rest received anywhere from one “fork and spoon” designation to four; two Warsaw restaurants received Bib Gourmand mark and a NEW for 2016, Zazie restaurant in Cracow also received Bib Gourmand mark by offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices”.

Excited to point out that four restaurants on Poland Culinary Vacations itineraries are recommended in the 2016 Michelin Guide: Ale Gloria, U Fukiera, Belvedere and U Kucharzy in Warsaw.

WARSAW 2016 Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurants 

Atelier Amaro – * Michelin Star
Senses – * Michelin Star
Amber Room
Belvedere
Michel Moran – Bistro de Paris
Tamka 43
Platter by Karol Okrasa
Brasserie Warszawska – Bib Gourmand
Strefa – NEW for 2016
Nolita
AleGloria
Salto
Signature
Dom Polski Francuska
Dom Polski Belwederska – NEW for 2016
U Kucharzy – NEW for 2016
Concept 13
U Fukiera
La Rotisserie
Butchery and Wine – Bib Gourmand
L’enfant terrible – NEW for 2016
Opasly Tom – NEW for 2016
Dom Wodki – NEW for 2016
Hoza – NEW for 2016
Winosfera
Merliniego 5
Delizia
Qchnia Artystyczna

CRACOW 2016 Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurants

Copernicus
Trzy Rybki
Wentzl
Szara
Kogel Mogel
Pod Baranem
Jarema
Amarylis – NEW for 2016
Cyrano de Bergerac
Corse
Studio Qulinarne
Szara Kazimierz
Pod Nosem – NEW for 2016
Bianca
La Campana
Farina
Ed Red
Del Papa
Sasiedzi
Bottiglieria 1881 – NEW for 2016
Zazie – NEW for 2016 – Bib Gourmand
Miodova – NEW for 2016
Hana Shusi – NEW for 2016
Zakladka

Smacznego! – Enjoy! – Bon Appétit!


New Attractions In Gdansk and Gdynia, Poland Not To Be Missed On Your Next Visit!

February 24th, 2016

The newly opened European Solidarity Center in Gdansk and Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland have been added to our sightseeing itinerary during “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk” cultural and culinary vacation in northern Poland, on the Baltic Sea coast.

Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland

Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland

European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland

View Power Point presentation about both attractions and make sure you visit these special places on your next vacation to Gdansk and Gdynia, Poland.

EmigrationMuseumSolidarityCenter – Power Point Presentation

You can join us on “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk” trip this June 19 – 25, 2016 where we’ll tour the Emigration Museum in Gdynia and European Solidarity in Gdansk on our small group excursion.

See you in Poland this summer!


Things To Do in Warsaw, Poland

January 2nd, 2016

Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, located at the heart of Europe, is quickly staking claim as a visitors hot spot. What once was a hidden gem is now boasting 15 million tourists each year. Conveniently located just 300 kilometers from Krakow, Warsaw boasts an array of cultural and historical offerings, a unique atmosphere, and some of the most delectable food that can be found.

Old Town Warsaw, Poland

Old Town Warsaw, Poland

Founded in the fourteenth century, Warsaw was a late arrival on Poland’s map. It soon became a political and industrial hub, but was literally destroyed during World War ll. Warsaw’s rebirth after its destruction, is a tribute to the dedication of its people. The reconstruction of the historic center was finally complete in 1962.

When visiting the city, a walk around Old Town and a visit to the Historical Museum of Warsaw will give you a well rounded outline of the city’s history.

Warsaw siren

Warsaw mermaid – the symbol of Warsaw

Exploring Warsaw is a delight for the senses. The museums, art galleries, theatres and historical architecture will fulfill your cultural desires. The annual street festivals and many musical events will fill your itinerary with memorable experiences to take part in.

During the month of July, the annual Musical Gardens Festival is held in the Courtyard of the Warsaw Castle. The event includes art, Polish culture and dance, opera and ballet. Warsaw’s International Street Arts Festival is yet another annual event, which transforms Warsaw’s streets, parks and Old Towne Market Square into a stage for actors, dancers, musicians and artists.

If you are looking for an antique bazaar where authentic treasures abound, you may want to check out the Saturday and Sunday morning Kolo Bazaar on the corner of Obozowa and Ksiecia Janusza in Warsaw’s Wola district.

Chef at Belvedere restaurant in Warsaw at Sunday brunch

Chef at Belvedere restaurant in Warsaw at Sunday brunch

One of the best ways to become acquainted with an area is by partaking in its regional dishes, and Warsaw is no different. There are numerous authentic restaurants, where the combination of food and atmosphere will leave you blissfully satisfied.

In addition to Poland’s traditional cuisine, international restaurants abound. Flavors from France, Germany, Russia and Italy are available in Warsaw’s restaurants. There are also the many milk bars, which are characteristic to Poland, as well as the Vietnamese bars that are popular with Warsaw residents.

To view 2016 Poland Culinary Vacation to Warsaw “A Taste of Poland in Mazovia and Warsaw” Click here

See you in magnificent Warsaw in 2016!


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