This August 2017, once again Poland Culinary Vacations guests enjoyed all kinds of pierogi during the annual Pierogi Festival in Krakow. Pierogi with duck and morels and St. Martha’s pierogi – with smoked meat with herbs – won first place in the best pierogi contest awarded by the professionals and the public.
Serving pierogi at XV Pierogi Festival in Krakow with a smile :-)
During the festival, the winner of best pierogi, selected by the professionals, received the statue of St. Jack with Pierogi. The winner of best pierogi selected by the public received the statue of beloved Polish King Casimir the Great!
Statue of Polish King Casimir the Great
This year, the wondering statue of St. Jack with Pierogi awarded by the professionals received Krakow’s restaurant “Sekret Smaku”, which made the winning pierogi with duck and morels. This was their second time at the festival so, they were very happy to win.
Restaurant “Polskie Smaki” which prepared St. Martha’s pierogi with cherry wood smoked meat and herbs such as: garlic, cilantro and thyme among other spices, was awarded first place by the public and received the wondering statue of King Casimir the Great. This has been their fifth award at the Pierogi Festival and they have been participating for the past eight years.
All kinds of pierogi available during the XV Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland
During the five day festival at various booths located on Small Market Square, Krakow’s restaurateurs offered all kinds of pierogi, for example: pierogi with chicken and spinach, three-cheese pierogi, pierogi with salmon, with spinach, with cheese and plums. There were also pierogi with elk meat and mushrooms, meat and onions, lentil, mushrooms and smoked cheese. Pierogi were offered boiled, baked and fried and tasted great with Tyskie beer on tap!
Official poster for the XV Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland
We’ve been traveling around Poland this summer to places like Poznan, Torun, Chelmno; tasting delicious regional foods and drinks and getting ideas on future culinary and cultural themed vacations for you! The weather has been perfect and we are very pleased with what’s happening in Poland on both culinary and cultural fronts. Follow our updates on social media and this blog as we’ll be sharing our photos from our summer travels around Poland.
Colorful Poznan Market Square, Poland
Regional drink from Poznan, Poland
Torun, Poland is famous for Copernicus and everything gingerbread!
Chelmno, Poland – the City of Lovers! The relics of St. Valentine can be found here at a local church.
The relics of St. Valentine in Chelmno, Poland – The City of Lovers!
🌲Thinking About Christmas in July? So Are We. 🌲🎅🎁 We have also launched a NEW trip for this December 2017, “The Magic of Christmas Markets in Poland 2017” – is OPEN FOR BOOKINGS! December 7 – 16, 2017 – 10 Days/9 Nights Christmas Markets Adventure in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Zakopane and magical Krakow! Follow this link The Magic of Christmas Markets in Poland 2017 for more details and make your reservation on Poland Culinary Vacations website today because spaces will fill up FAST and we only take 15 guests! Plus, if you’re SOLO traveler, take advantage of NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT only in 2017 as we Celebrate our 10th Anniversary!
Christmas Market in Wroclaw, Poland
Folk ornaments for purchase at Christmas Market in Krakow, Poland.
International Ice Carving Festival in Poznan, Poland
We have also posted most of our NEW 2018 trips dates. You can choose from trips starting in May 2018 through September 2018 for spring and fall travel and again we’ll be offering our Christmas Markets trip in December 2018.
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!
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!
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
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 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
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
Once again, Poland Culinary Vacations guests attended the annual PIEROGI FESTIVAL in Maly Rynek, Krakow, Poland as part of their August “Cooking Your Way From Krakow to Zakopane” culinary and cultural vacation. Locals and travelers from all over the world enjoyed Polish pierogi, beer and regional “oscypki” cheese while visiting the festival. It was hot, colorful and delicious!
XIII Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland
Unlike any other year, this year we witnessed just about every possible color of pierogi dough – and interesting fillings! Pierogi Festival in Krakow is not your average pierogi affair and offers both traditional and new, inventive creations in line with ever demanding and changing Polish tastes!
Delicious and colorful pierogi at XIII Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland
More colorful pierogi at the 2015 XIII Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland
In the evening, guests could visit Pierogi Festival and listen to live entertainment on main stage while enjoying their pierogi!
During August, 2015 XIII Pierogi Festival, restaurant “Polskie Smaki” located at ul. św. Tomasza in Krakow won the statue of Casimir the Great, beloved Polish King, for their best pierogi according to the general public (all those real pierogi fans who voted!) It was the second time restaurant “Polskie Smaki” won at the Pierogi Festival! Congratulations!
Casimir the Great statue awarded for BEST PIEROGI by general public!
The statue of św. Jack with Pierogi (an award granted by professional jury comprised of people in the gastronomy business, dietitians, culinary journalists and restaurateurs) went to “Magi” from Trzciany, for Pierożki Babci Władzi. It was first time “Magi” won at the festival. Congratulations!
Saint Jack statue awarded by professionals for BEST PIEROGI at the annual Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland
Total of 18 restaurants and catering businesses competed at the 2015 Pierogi Festival in Krakow. All participants received diplomas, general statues and practical gifts from local government and trade organizations sponsoring this spectacular culinary event in beautiful Krakow! Till next year!
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