• Polish wine for sale at summer festival
  • Grapes at Jasiel winery in Jaslo, Poland
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests visiting Adoria vineyard in Lower Silesia region of Poland
  • Delicious food shared with Poland Culinary Vacations guests in Gronkow village, Podhale, Poland.
  • Krakow Market Square, Poland.
  • Oscypki sheep cheese sold at Zakopane, Poland open market
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests cooking in Obidowa village, Podhale, Poland.
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests at the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
  • Chicken livers with apples from Wesele restaurant in Krakow, Poland.
  • Musicians playing for visitors heading on their rafting trip at Pieninski National Park.
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests having lunch in Gronkow village, Podhale, Poland.
  • Poland Culinary Vacation guests rafting on Dunajec river in Pieninski National Park, Poland.
  • Boleslawiec Polish pottery from Lower Silesia region of Poland.
  • Modern Polish cuisine from Ancora restaurant in Krakow, Poland.
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests posing in traditional costumes in Dlugopole village, Podhale, Poland.
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Poland Culinary Vacations Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2017!

Sunday, 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.

Wednesday, 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!

Sunday, 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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!

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Things To Do in Warsaw, Poland

Saturday, 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!


Visit To Annual Pierogi Festival In Krakow Included In Your August Tour!

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

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

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

Delicious and colorful pierogi at XIII Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland

Colorful pierogi at the 2015 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!

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 professional for BEST PIEROGI at the annual Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland

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!

To view Poland Culinary Vacations photo album from 2015 XIII Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland click here…

To view details of “Cooking Your Way From Krakow to Zakopane” tour & Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland click here…


Museum of Polish Vodka to Open in Warsaw in 2017! Na Zdrowie!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

This is going to be the most “cheerful” and original museum in the country. The opening is planned for mid 2017 in Warsaw’s, Praga North district. During a walk through the ages, visitors to the museum will be able to learn about the changing recipes, manufacturing techniques, places where the liquor was popular in the past and is most popular now.  Also, the cultural role of vodka will be shown, which appears in many literary works and films. Everyone will be able to explore the museum in his/her own way because it will be offered in a wide range of topics – herald the originators of this particular facility.

Koneser Polish vodka factory in Warsaw, Poland.

Koneser Polish vodka factory in Warsaw, Poland.

Museum will be located in Warsaw’s “Centrum Praskim Koneser”, on the grounds of an old Polish vodka factory “Koneser”. The logo was designed by artist Andrzej Pągowski. The concept of the exhibition, which assumes a combination of traditional methods of expositions and the latest multimedia solutions, was prepared by renowned architectural studio “Nizio Design International”.

Only professional museum curators were invited to help putting together Polish Vodka Museum’s exhibits, those who in the past few years participated in the creation of other permanent museum exhibits in the capital city and which are currently enjoying success and excellent reputation.

If you’re a vodka connoisseur and collector of Polish vodka memorabilia, you can also make a contribution to the new museum. Until the end of May, the Association of Polish Vodka is accepting exhibit pieces and recipes associated with vodka. In exchange, it is offering cash prizes.

Here is a list of exhibits sought:
1. Posters, advertisements, brochures related to the Polish vodka from the years 1900 – 1990.
2. Polish vodkas overseas advertising, with particular emphasis on brand Wyborowa, from the years 1900 – 1990.
3. Labels and bottles of Polish vodka pure, with particular emphasis on brand Wyborowa and luxurious, from the years 1900 – 1990.
4. Labels and bottles of Polish vodkas from the years 1900 – 1990.
5. Original book on the Polish vodka production technology dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
6. The distillation columns – copper.
7. Photos and stories of Polish families in the distillery business.
8. Photos of parties and banquets, where it is visualized Polish vodka from the years 1900 to 1990.

To participate and donate pieces to the exhibit, please use an application form on “Facebook” – Museum of Polish Vodka, including a description of the item(s), its history and an image. All completed applications will be reviewed by the team working on museum exhibits and items will be chosen based on requirements specified in the application process. Additional option is to call in by telephone and send the photo by mail. Among the submitted applications the jury will select top three winners and award – a cash prize of 1000 zł to each, and remaining 10 participants will receive 200 zł each. The winners will be invited to the grand opening of the museum.

Bison Grass Polish Vodka

Bison Grass Polish Vodka

Polish vodka should be considered in terms of national treasure. Produced for more than 600 years in our land, inextricably inscribed in Polish history and customs. This top quality alcohol and one of the few Polish products recognizable and respected throughout the world. So we have reasons to be proud, and like other countries we should praise and promote our national drink. Therefore, we invite all Poles to contribute a “brick” to the Museum of Polish Vodka, the first and only such institution in the world – says Andrzej Szumowski , president of the Association of Polish Vodka, Patron of the museum.
He also points out that … the Museum of Polish Vodka is the place for every brand of vodka which meets the requirements of the amended definition of Polish vodka, which came into force on 13 January 2013. They are clear – for a vodka to be able to use the geographical indication “Polska Wodka / Polish Vodka” it must be produced with raw materials of Polish origin, traditional Polish grains: wheat, rye, oats, barley, triticale, or potatoes, and the entire processing must be carried out on Polish territory.  

Museum, located in Warsaw’s Praga North, in the post-industrial red-brick buildings, where for many years Warsaw’s “Koneser” Vodka Distillery operated, will become a new, attractive point on the cultural map of the capital, and above all a place reminiscent to Poles and educational for foreign tourists where they will learn what is so unique about Polish vodka and what distinguishes it from other spirits of this kind.

Source: Reprinted with permission from Potrawy Regionalne http://www.potrawyregionalne.pl/152,8537,MUZEM_POLSKIEJ____WODKI_.htm


2015 Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurants in Warsaw and Cracow

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

A total of 45 restaurants have been recognized by the Michelin Guide for 2015 in Poland: 24 in Warsaw and 21 in Cracow. Atelier Amaro restaurant in Warsaw specializing in seasonal Polish cuisine continues to be the only restaurant in Poland with one-star recognition. The rest received anywhere from one “fork and spoon” designation to four and two Warsaw restaurants also received Big Gourmand mark by offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices”.

Wild boar with beets and cabbage staffed wheat crepes at Ancora in Cracow

Wild boar with beets and cabbage stuffed wheat crepes at Ancora restaurant in Cracow

Excited to point out that four restaurants on Poland Culinary Vacations itineraries are recommended in the 2015 Michelin Guide: Ale Gloria, U Fukiera and Belvedere in Warsaw and Ancora in Cracow.

Sunday brunch at Belvedere restaurant in Warsaw

Sunday brunch at Belvedere restaurant in Warsaw

WARSAW 2015 Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurants 

Atelier Amaro – * Michelin Star
Amber Room
Belvedere
Michel Moran – Bistro de Paris
Senses
San Lorenzo
Tamka 43
Platter by Karol Okrasa
Brasserie Warszawska – Bib Gourmand
Nolita
Biala Ges
AleGloria
Salto
La Rotisserie
Signature
Dom Polski
Concept 13
Rozbrat 20
U Fukiera
Butchery and Wine – Bib Gourmand
Winosfera
Merliniego 5
Delizia
Qchnia Artystyczna

CRACOW 2015 Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurants

Copernicus
Trzy Rybki
Wentzl
Ancora
Szara
Kogel Mogel
Resto Illuminati
Pod Baranem
Jarema
Cyrano de Bergerac
Corse
Studio Qulinarne
Szara Kazimierz
Sasiedzi
Bianca
La Campana
Farina
Ed Red
Trufla
Del Papa
Zakladka

Smacznego! – Enjoy! – Bon Appétit!


Subcarpathia Vineyards in Southeast Poland – Well Worth the Trip!

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Poland Culinary Vacations’ NEW in 2015 “SPA & Wine Vacation in Southern Poland & Krakow” has launched and one of the most exciting activities during the trip include visits to wineries on Subcarpathian Wine Trail.

Winnice Podkarpacia - Subcarpathian Wineries in Poland

Winnice Podkarpacia – Subcarpathian Wineries in Poland – a comprehensive guide by Ewa Wawro

Subcarpathian region is currently leading in the number of vineyards in Poland. Only in the last 10 years, the number of small, often family run wineries, grew to over 150. However, the viticulture in Subcarpathia is not recent, it’s history dates back to 11th & 12th centuries where the Benedictine and Cisterian monks cultivated and made wine here and Germans settlers in the 14th century planted vineyards in the area near Krosno.

Nowinski Dwie Granice Winery in Przysieki, Poland

Nowinski Dwie Granice Winery in Przysieki, Poland

Subcarpathia, as many other wine regions of the world, organizes annual wine festival called Miedzynarodowe Dni Wina – International Wine Days in Jaslo. This is one of the biggest events in the country devoted to celebration of Polish wine and wine making.

Dni Wina Jaslo, Poland

Miedzynarodowe Dni Wina Festival in Jaslo, Poland

Once again, we are very excited about visiting Subcarpathian wineries next June in Poland during our culinary and SPA adventure. Great tasting wines will be paired with local food specialties. Vineyard owners are eager to introduce us to the broad variety of wines they offer and guarantee relaxing time in their beautiful wineries.

Jasiel Winery in Jaslo, Poland

Jasiel Winery in Jaslo, Poland

More information about Subcarpathian Vineyards – Winnice Podkarpacia can be found on the dedicated website: Winnice Podkarpacia – Subcarpathian Vineyards  Detailed information about viniculture in Subcarpathia 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).

To preview our NEW June 7 – 13, 2015 “SPA & Wine Vacation in Southern Poland & Krakow” click here

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