For some time now, our guests have been asking us to design a trip to Poland in December, scheduled around the opening of annual Christmas Markets. We are happy to announce that we’ve been working on the Christmas Markets itinerary this year and will be posting it on our website for reservations in the next couple of weeks.
So, plan a getaway to POLAND with FAMILY & FRIENDS this December 07 – 16, 2017 on “The Magic of Christmas Markets in Poland 2017” vacation. This 10 Days/9 Nights Christmas Markets adventure in Poland will start in Warsaw and end in Krakow with stops in Poznan and Wroclaw! All of those cities have spectacular Christmas Markets with plenty of festivities like the International Ice Sculpture Festival in Poznan!
Christmas market in Wrocław, Lower Silesia region of Poland
We’re able to offer the trip at a low price of $2350 per person and if you’re traveling solo, pay NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!
International Ice Sculpture Festival in Poznan
Here are just some highlights of what’s included on the trip itinerary:
– Small groups, maximum group size no larger than 15
– Visits to Christmas Markets in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw and Krakow
– Visit to the International Ice Sculpture Festival in Poznan
– One-of-a-kind Christmas gifts shopping
– Polish Christmas cookies baking class
– Polish Christmas Eve Dinner – “Wigilia” dishes cooking class with local chef
– Charming boutique accommodations
– Leisurely paced itineraries everyone can enjoy
– Scenic and breathtaking sights including UNESCO World Heritage Sites
– Local, expert, English speaking guide on each tour
Gingerbread hearts for sale at Christmas Market in Wroclaw
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Online booking of “The Magic of Christmas Markets in Poland 2017” will be available within the next two weeks on our website www.PolandCulinaryVacations.com However, you can email us at email@example.com to reserve your spot(s) NOW because we’re taking PRE-RESERVATIONS!
From Krakow to Warsaw, Wroclaw and the Tri-City: Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia, here are the best indoor/outdoor markets in these major Polish cities, where the locals shop for best quality, specialty products and fresh fish, meat and produce.
Hala Koszyki, Warsaw, Poland
Hala Koszyki, Warsaw, Poland
HALA KOSZYKI – WARSAW
Address: ul. Koszykowa 63
Restaurants* and stores:
Monday – Saturday – 9:00a.m. – 9:00p.m.
Sunday: 9:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.
Some restaurants close at 1:00a.m, restaurant Ćma by Mateusz Gessler opened 24/7
Over a 100 years after it’s erection, Hala Koszyki came back to life in Warsaw on October 21, 2016. The “Koszyki” market hall, commonly called “People’s Bazaar” was built in 1906 – 1908 on Koszykowa Street in Warsaw. Hala Koszyki is the first and the only place of its kind in whole Poland. It currently hosts eighteen fabulous restaurant concepts, eleven fantastic groceries and service premises. Some of the best Warsaw restaurateurs and chefs work hard, everyday day, to prepare unique dishes in both Polish and international cuisines. Read more about Hala Koszyki’s history and all the wonderful attractions on their website and definitely make it a stop on your next visit to Warsaw!
Mirowskie Halls were built between 1899-1901. Formerly the baroque pavilions were barracks of the Crown’s Mounted Guards. Mirowskie Halls, except for the walls, were almost entirely destroyed during Warsaw Uprising (bullet holes are still visible on the northern wall of one hall) and then rebuild after World War II.
The west hall, called Hala Mirowska, since 1997 has been owned by the company called “Społem”. The east hall, called Hala Gwardi, for many years served as a sports centre.
Nowadays, it’s “a heaven on earth” filled with fresh foods. People from Warsaw say that it’s worth coming here even from the farthest parts of the city. It’s not just about the fruit and vegetables, but great atmosphere and surroundings. The beautiful architecture makes this market a perfect place to shop and edmire. Here you can find all kinds of vendors – elderly ladies with fresh eggs and homemade jams, exotic stands with purple potatoes and kids selling wild blueberries they picked with their grandmothers in the morning.
Stary Kleparz Market, Krakow, Poland
Fresh beets sold at Stary Kleparz Market, Krakow, Poland
STARY KLEPARZ – KRAKOW
Address: Rynek Kleparski
Monday-Friday: 7.00a.m. – 7.00p.m.
Do you know how to recognize real Cracovian? That’s the person that will always haggle over the price during shopping. That’s just the way things are here and there is no better place for that than Stary Kleparz and Hala Targowa. People have been shopping at Stary Kleparz since the 17th-century. Located in the center of the city, the place is always full of busy people – shouting sellers, gossiping ladies and shoppers exchanging recipes.
Sellers are nice, there are many choices of fresh products and the smell is seductive, guiding you through the entire market – from colorful stands with seasonal vegetables to the line for fresh milk and cottage cheese ( Polish cottage cheese is fabulous!). There is also a fish-stall with the best fresh fish in all of Cracow. It’s one of those places where shopping is a real pleasure. The best time for shopping is always in the morning before noon, later you might have problems with finding what you want. Many Cracow’s famous chefs shop here, too.
Hala Targowa, Wroclaw, Poland
Dried mushrooms for sale at Hala Targowa, Wroclaw, Poland
There is also something for fresh-food lovers in Wroclaw. Hala Targowa was build in 1908 and from that year on became a very popular place to buy fresh meat, fish, vegetables, sweets and flowers. There are also small shops with cosmetics, clothes, leather goods and jewerly on the upper floor. One can easily spend an entire morning browsing, tasting and experiencing this unique place. Make sure you bring your camera for an opportunity to take great pictures of fresh produce and people.
The Tricity in the Pomerania region of Poland refers to the cities of Gdansk, Sopot andGdynia, all located on the Baltic Sea coast and only a few miles away from each other. Although Gdansk and Sopot have scores of wonderful attractions, Gdynia also has many charms and corners worth discovering and one of those is the famous Hala Targowa Gdynia – fresh food indoor/outdoor market.
For a local shopping experience visit these food markets on your next trip to Poland. Stops at the above mentioned markets and additional once are included on Poland Culinary Vacations itineraries. Smacznego! Enjoy!
If you’re heading to Krakow, Warsaw , Wroclawand/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
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
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
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.
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.
TheCod 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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 ornaments for sale at the Wroclaw Christmas market
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!”
Holiday display at the Main Market Square in Wroclaw
Here are dates for 2016 Christmas Markets – Jarmarki Bozonarodzeniowein various major cities across Poland:
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
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
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!
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!
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 in Poland
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 fresh food market
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 Bread – Chleb Dozynkowy
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
Traditional wreaths and bread and harvest festival in Poland
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.
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.
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
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.”
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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.
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 – 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!
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.
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.
Atelier Amaro – * Michelin Star
Senses – * Michelin Star
Michel Moran – Bistro de Paris
Platter by Karol Okrasa
Brasserie Warszawska – Bib Gourmand
Strefa – NEW for 2016
Dom Polski Francuska
Dom Polski Belwederska – NEW for 2016
U Kucharzy – NEW for 2016
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
Amarylis – NEW for 2016
Cyrano de Bergerac
Pod Nosem – NEW for 2016
Bottiglieria 1881 – NEW for 2016
Zazie – NEW for 2016 – Bib Gourmand
Miodova – NEW for 2016
Hana Shusi – NEW for 2016