• 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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Things To Do in Wroclaw, Poland

November 30th, 2015

Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia, is located in south-western Poland. Sometimes referred to as the Venice of Poland because of its numerous waterways, Wroclaw is uniquely situated on twelve islands interconnected by over one hundred bridges. A multicultural metropolis rich in history and charm has caused many to consider the area to be one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Beautiful Wroclaw Market Square

Wroclaw is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with history dating back all the way to the year 1000. After suffering a substantial damage in 1945 as a result of World War II, Wroclaw was rebuild to become the breathtaking city it is today. Its rich history plays a large role in the cultural diversity seen throughout the area today.

Wroclaw gnome

Wroclaw gnome

When it comes to things to do in Wroclaw, there certainly is no shortage. While in Wroclaw, visitors can experience the flavors of the world, with excellent cuisine from Poland, Russia, Italy, France, and Germany. The city is sure to please beer lovers as well, since many bars and pubs in the area serve Polish beer alongside independently brewed beers.

The Market Square in Wroclaw offers some of the most wonderful restaurants and bars of the city. Many of the unique and architecturally beautiful hotels in the area are well known specifically for their restaurants and the chefs who create their masterpieces.

Outdoor dining on Wroclaw Market Square

In September there are two exciting events that attract thousands of people every year. Wroclaw’s Kitchens and the World Cookery Book Fair are both amazing culinary festivals that welcome everyone to participate.
Home to Hala Ludowa, or the Centennial Hall, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Wroclaw offers an easy way to combine both culinary and cultural wonder so visitors can indulge in amazing food and architectural wonders at the same time.

Waterways of Wroclaw, Poland

A Japanese Garden filled with lush greenery also resides in the city. Set up in 1913 by count Fritz von Hochberg, it is a place of beauty that is well worth the visit. Wroclaw is also home to the Botanical Garden located in the oldest district of the city. Over 7,000 different plant species are featured there.
Nine museums, several theaters and music centers will satisfy your craving for history and culture. In fact, for 2016 Wroclaw has been designated the European Capital of Culture! Wroclaw is definitely a city where one will never be left looking for something to do.

To view 2016 Poland Culinary Vacation to Wroclaw which also includes visit to the annual Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec Click here

See you in beautiful Wroclaw in 2016!


Things To Do in Krakow, Poland

October 19th, 2015

Krakow was Poland’s capital city until the end of the sixteenth century when Warsaw was deemed the country’s new capital. Krakow’s rich cultural history is on display in Gothic and Baroque architecture visible at every turn. Art galleries, museums, and theatres abound. Its close proximity to neighboring capitals and access to art and entertainment make it Central Europe’s cultural heart. In fact, in 1978, Krakow’s Old Town locals know as the Stare Miasto was inscribed as a World Heritage site by the UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Beautiful UNESCO Krakow Market Square

Beautiful UNESCO Krakow Market Square

Krakow balances an intellectually and visually stimulating environment with a vibrant nightlife, attributable in large measure to the thousands of students and teachers who flock to its 18 universities. Known all over Europe for its trendy spots, hidden hangouts, and sumptuous restaurants, Stare Miasto has the highest density of bars and pubs of any World Heritage Site. Political and historical debate over a couple of glasses of Zywiec, Zubr, or Tyskie, polskie piwo (Polish beer) served in these ubiquitous pubs and cafes might just be the citizenry’s favorite pastime.
Krakow’s visitors can best appreciate Poland’s heart and soul by opening its kitchen door and sampling its cookery. Its easy to see how Krakow earned a well-deserved reputation as Poland’s food capital. Residents earnestly embrace every occasion with fantastic cooking. Since 2004 when Poland joined the European Union, international cuisine offerings have steadily increased in Krakow along with the number of foreigners and tourists. Dining rooms in its one-of-a-kind hotels offer outstanding cuisine.

Polish oscypek is often grilled and served with cranberries

Polish oscypek cheese available grilled at a festival in Krakow

Can you imagine eating at a restaurant in business passing on the Polish passion for food to countless generations for nearly seven centuries? Krakow has one. Frequent weekend-long outdoor food festivals highlighting food producers and restaurateurs’ favorite dishes delight locals and visitors alike. May’s Soup Festival and the mid-August Pierogi Fest have achieved great popularity. With free samples, displays, markets, cooking contests, joyful Polish music and other entertainment, these exceptional festivals add to the bustling city’s unique charm. Poland Culinary Vacations can plan a travel itinerary that combines festival outings with other visits to Malopolska (Lesser Poland) region UNESCO world heritage sites.

Gourmet pierogi made at the Culinary Studio in Krakow

Gourmet pierogi made at the Culinary Studio in Krakow

Poland Culinary Vacations is Poland’s premier choice for custom-tailored, personally guided gastronomic tours. From Wesele’s  restaurant regional and traditional offerings to Trzy Rybki innovative nouvelle preparations. Poland Culinary Vacations is your best introduction to this country’s varied culture and marvelous cuisine. PCV also lends a hand to its clients in registering for one-day Polish cooking classes. Participating in a cooking course at Krakow’s Culinary Studio is an excellent way to recapture the smells and tastes of Poland in your own home.

To view 2016 Poland Culinary Vacations to Krakow please Click here

See you in Krakow in 2016!


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

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…


Where to Eat When Visiting Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia – The Tri-City of Poland in 2015

July 2nd, 2015

The Tri-City, an urban complex extending along the Bay of Gdansk in the north of Poland, is one of Poland’s largest tourist attractions. The cities are especially popular during summer months, where vacationers flock to enjoy beautiful beaches of the Baltic Sea coast, luxurious SPAs and delicious food, especially seafood.

Flounder served at Brovarnia Gdansk

Flounder served at Brovarnia Gdansk

Gdynia’s famous and historic Fish Hall offers all kinds of fresh seafood and is a must-see for any foodie. The Polish Baltic coast is rich in herring, flounder, eel, cod, turbot and salmon. Many culinary events are organized “To Taste Pomorskie”, like the Slow Fest Sopot, Cod Fish Harvest, and weekend breakfast markets. Here are a few recommendations for best restaurants in the Tri-City offering delicious, fresh, seafood, Kashubian regional specialties and more traditional Polish fare:

Gdansk
Brovarnia Gdansk
Gdanski Bowke
Restauracja Filharmonia
Restauracja Pod Lososiem
Restauracja Tlusta Kaczka – Polish cuisine restaurant
Restauracja Kubicki – wonderful Polish food with piano music
Restauracja Velevetka – offering traditional Kashubian cuisine

Sopot
Restauracja Wave at Sheraton Sopot Hotel – offering regional, Polish and mediterranian cuisine
Restauracja Bulaj – Sopot
Bar Przystan – order delicious fisherman’s soup!

Gdynia
Restauracja Sztuczka

To join us on culinary journey through the Tri-City view our day-by-day itinerary for September 2015 “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk” trip CLICK HERE

See you in beautiful Gdansk, Sopot & Gdynia in 2015!


New Cultural Attractions in Pomerania Worth the Trip to Poland in 2015!

May 31st, 2015

Our cultural and culinary vacation on Poland’s Baltic Sea coast, “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk” is full of exciting activities an entire family can enjoy. This summer, especially, we’re thrilled to add two more cultural attractions to our itinerary while touring Gdansk and Gdynia: The European Solidarity Center in Gdansk and Emigration Museum in Gdynia.

Lech Walesa, the Leader of Solidarity Movement in Poland

Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Leader of Solidarity Movement in Gdansk, Poland

To learn more about these newly opened places please click on the links below:

European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland

Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland

To view day-by-day itinerary for September 2015 “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk” please CLICK HERE

See you in Poland in 2015!


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

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

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!


Top Five Must-See Spots in Poznan, Poland

February 26th, 2015

Many unique and interesting attractions await visitors to Poznan, the capital of Greater Poland region in the west of Poland. Those who will travel with Poland Culinary Vacations on our NEW in 2015 “Culinary & Cultural Adventure in Greater Poland & Poznan” will discover the history and beauty of the following top five spots and more, starting with:

Old Market Square – the Heart of the City – undoubtedly, the Renaissance Town Hall has been the most prominent structure in the Old Market Square, having served in the past as an office for the municipal authorities. Most probably, the first town hall had been built in the second half of the 13th century. The fire that consumed it in 1536 prompted the construction of the current structure that garners the wide admiration for its unique beauty. It is the only one like that in Poland thanks to the work of an Italian artist Giovanni Battista di Quadro from Lugano. He gave the Poznan Town Hall the most original shape and Renaissance styling. The head-bucking goats atop the tower which emerge every day at noon to mark the middle of the day, have added an entertaining aspect to the building have charmed Poznan citizens and visitors since the time of it’s construction. Delightful cafes, restaurants and pubs can be enjoyed today when visiting Poznan’s Market Square.

Poznan Market Square

Poznan Old Market Square with the Renaissance Town Hall

Royal and Imperial Route – follows Poznan’s history. The first rulers of the Piast dynasty resided in Ostrow Tumski. Later, the castle erected on the Przemysl Hill frequently hosted royalty. Poznan was visited by emperors several times. The German emperor Otto II was first of them and visited in the year 1000.  In 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte made Poznan the capital city of Europe just for a few days. Another castle, erected in 1910, was built for Wilhelm II. This Royal and Imperial Route begins in the Srodka district and ends in the so-called “castle district”.

Church of Saint John of Jerusalem – it is one of the first Romanesque churches built in Poland at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries by the order of the Saint John of Jerusalem. Inside the church are four items worthy of interest: a late Gothic triptych depicting the conversation between the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist, a 16th century sandstone baptismal font, a 15th century lattice in the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and within this chapel a miracle cross that once used to mark the road to Srodka.

Poznan Parish Church

Poznan Parish Church

Ostrow Tumski – is where visitors can admire the beauty of the Saints Peter and Paul of the Apostles cathedral with a 15th century three-nave basilica plan, an ambulatory surrounding the presbytery and a series of chapels around its perimeter.  On the ground floor is the Chapel of the First Polish Rulers – Duke Mieszko I and King Boleslaw Chrobry – also known as the Golden Chapel. Surrounding the cathedral visitors can visit: a 13th century Church of the Blessed Mary, a late Gothic psalterium and several 19th century canonries and the Archbishop’s palace.

Royal Castle – in the 13th century, two Piasts, Duke Przemysl I and later his son King Przemysl II built a massive castle on the Pzemysl Hill. It was used to tower over the Market Square. To this day, only the Gothic basement remains of what used to be the oldest royal residence in Poland. What is standing today is the 18th century version of the castle rebuilt after WWII. Currently, it houses the Museum of Applied Art.

Poznan Old Market Square restaurants

Poznan Old Market Square restaurants

For more information about Greater Poland and Poznan please visit our website and the NEW trip “Culinary & Cultural Adventure in Greater Poland & Poznan” scheduled for June 21 – 27, 2015.

See you in Poznan this June!

 


Discover Greater Poland Region – Wielkopolska – in 2015!

January 1st, 2015

Since we’ve launched a NEW trip for 2015 to Greater Poland, “Culinary & Cultural Adventure in Greater Poland and Poznan” we would like to tell you more about this off-the-beaten path western region in several blog posts to encourage you to travel with us to Greater Poland and discover for yourself the natural beauty, history, adventure and delicious regional cuisine that awaits travelers to the region.

Poznan, Poland Market Square

Poznan, Poland Market Square

Greater Poland region – in Polish called “Wielkopolska” – is located in basin of Warta river. It is situated on the crossroads of the main European East-West track leading from Berlin to Moscow. As a result, the region has very favorable location and can be easily reached by car, train or plane from other European destinations as well as the rest of the world.

Palace in the beautiful Greater Poland countryside

Palace in the beautiful Greater Poland countryside

Greater Poland occupies the area of 11,516 sq. miles which is around 10% of the Polish territory. Approximately 3.4 million people, which is 8.7% of  the whole population of Poland live in Greater Poland. The people of Greater Poland are famous for being among the most industrious and hospitable in Poland.

Regional food made in Greater Poland

Regional food made in Greater Poland

The capital of the region is Poznan, a city with population of about 600,000 people and growing. Due to its cultural, tourist, economic, commercial and scientific significance, the city is considered the center of western Poland. Poznan can be reach via Lawica Airport which offers both domestic and international flights.

Greater Poland's restaurants offer both traditional Poland and regional fare

Greater Poland’s restaurants offer both traditional Polish and regional fare

Other important cities in Greater Poland are: Gniezno, Kalisz, Konin, Leszno, Ostrow Wielkopolski and Pila.

For more information about Greater Poland and Poznan please visit our website and the NEW trip “Culinary & Cultural Adventure in Greater Poland and Poznan” scheduled for June 21 – 27, 2015.

See you in Greater Poland in 2015!


What Our Past Travelers Say About Poland Culinary Vacations

November 4th, 2014

We’ve met amazing people on our cooking vacations in Poland and they’ve shared with us some wonderful memories and thoughts inspired by their Poland Culinary Vacations. Here are some of our favorites:

“I wanted to thank you for arranging and conducting such a wonderful Poland Culinary Vacation for our family last month.  Cassie and I, Heather and Dave, and our grandsons Justin and Ryan consider this one of the best, if not the best, family vacations we enjoyed.

The cooking experiences were enlightening, well-organized and extremely enjoyable.  It was obvious that the village ladies and the Chef were happy to pass on their skills and recipes and treated us like VIPs.

I didn’t expect such a robust cultural experience in addition to the culinary one, but Gosia did a fantastic job educating us in the Polish culture and had an encyclopedic knowledge of everywhere we visited and everything we saw.  Her enthusiasm was contagious and her energy astounding.  Her open warmth and friendliness made us feel like personal guests.

 Having you accompany us on the tour was a real plus.  Your ability to relate to both worlds added so much to the experience.  The small party size (10 persons) meant no one got lost and having three bilingual guides (you, Gosia and Voytek) meant we were never at a loss for translation.

Voytek was an excellent driver and his warm personality made him a friendly and reassuring presence.

We would be more than happy to serve as references to persons considering your tours in the future, and I hope we get the chance to tour together again.”  – David & Cassie, Y. Oak Ridge, TN

“Yes, it was a privilege to travel with you in your home country and see the beautiful countryside of Poland and experience the hospitality of the Polish people while cooking, eating and laughing together! Connecting with our heritage including the people, culture and of course the food has significant meaning to who we are today! – Milbert, P. Indianapolis, IN

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“After just returning from your wonderful “The Flowers of Lower Silesia and Wroclaw” culinary tour, I would like to offer my thoughts as a NON-culinary person (that means my wife doesn’t even allow me in the kitchen). I really didn’t want to go on this trip for that reason and I thought for sure it would be pretty boring & perhaps embarrassing if I had to do anything. However to my colossal surprise it turned out to be a very stupendous experience. I thoroughly enjoyed everything including the cooking classes. You did such a amazing job of blending trips to historical sites, exposing us to local customs, visiting production facilities of interest, and providing exposure to the Polish customs and heritage that was embodied in the cooking classes. I actually enjoyed learning about the cooking traditions. Joan & I would like to thank you & Paulina so very much for such a great insight to Poland. Poland will be on the top of my list of places to go again” –  Joan & Bill T., Columbia, SC

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“We all really enjoyed our visit to Poland and want to thank you and Paulina for all you did to make it an enriching experience. My Dad was still talking about how much he enjoyed the culinary trip and how surprised he was to be a guy and have that much fun on what he thought would be a vacation just for the ladies. He’s ready to go again! We loved Poland and hope to be back to explore other areas. Diana and Eric already made the salmon and spinach pierogi on Sunday! We are looking forward to getting the other recipes – we’ll all be doing Polish dinner parties in the upcoming months” Susan G.,  Hermitage, TN

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“It was a wonderful trip and learning and experiencing Poland was the best. Your company and with Ala was so well organized and there was not a single “glitch”. My pictures were about the same as your site so I won’t send any and it is so much fun to review them – WHAT MEMORIES I HAVE! – THANK YOU THANK YOU – Carol M., Saint Louis, MO

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“Thank you for an amazing experience! Once in a lifetime” – Adrienne C., Nashville, TN

 

“This trip far exceeded my expectations of Poland. Thank you for all your hard work!” – Stefanie B., Omaha, NE

 

“Thank you for a wonderful cooking experience. You are a positive force for your beautiful Polish country.” – Tracy, H., Collegeville, PA

 

“I had the best time thanks to you. Enjoyed every minute. Thank you.” – Charlene B., Blair, NE

 

“Thank you for re-acquainting me with my heritage! Your culinary tour this September was particularly meaningful to me and your detailed planning made it wonderful to be there and experience the food, the country and the people.Everyone associated with the tour was knowledgeable, friendly, and great traveling company.  You thought of everything!I had a wonderful time.  Look for me, and additional members of my family, to be booking another tour.”   – Joanne H., Myrtle Beach, SC

 

“Poland Culinary Vacations presented a fabulous culinary program, an excellent tour of Malopolska (Lesser Poland) and an overall fun time. I rate this culinary vacation a definite 10.” – Christine B., Atkinson, NH 

"Cooking Your Way From Krakow to Zakopane" cooking tour in Poland.
 

“What an amazing experience, to walk in the country of your ancestors, meet the people and feast on the food you love! Poland Culinary Vacations far exceeded my expectations in their care, knowledge and love of “foodies”! Each guided day brought a new adventure, breaking bread with local village ladies sharing their knowledge of cooking with us, visiting historical sites, rafting and the biggest flea-clothing-shopping market anyone has ever experienced. Carefully selected restaurants highlighting local cuisine ended our evenings.  Each succulent mouthful was wonderful!  Top this all off, by staying in a Palace with a spa in Zakopane, was just out of this world. Would I recommend Poland Culinary Vacations…Absolutely!  Would I vacation again with them…Absolutely!  Would I go back to Poland…Absolutely!” – Cathy M., Barrie, ON, Canada
"Cooking Your Way From Krakow to Zakopane" cooking tour in Poland.
“Krakow, Zakopane and the surrounding areas are such beautiful and interesting places to see and get to know and don’t think that I will ever tire of visiting the Lesser Poland region. What really made this holiday such a memorable one was the cooking sessions with village ladies from the villages in the Podhale area. Allowing us to see them prepare never ending array of dishes, explaining about ingredients and various ways of preparation (inevitably each of them had their own method) was just a start. Their hospitality I could easily say was unmatched with homemade cakes and “digestives”, as they described their hand finished liqueurs and wines they welcomed us with, followed by all the dishes we were shown how to make during the course of the morning.  The inevitable singing and joking would ensue and by the time we were leaving we were the best of friends. The whole experience would be very hard to match and definitely never to be forgotten.” – Maria F., Caversfield, United Kingdom  
"Cooking Your Way From Krakow to Zakopane" cooking tour in Poland.
“We’d like to thank Sarna Rose, our fabulous host, for the great Culinary Vacation. It exceeded all expectations. The small group made it possible to be very flexible, especially with such an accommodating driver and wonderful guide. We were privileged to cook in a restaurant, a community center, the Culinary Institute in Krakow and in a private home where the local village ladies patiently shared their knowledge of cooking and culture with us. Moments to treasure! We relished the marvelous cuisine in a variety of restaurants and the sightseeing tours were incredibly interesting and varied. We would recommend it to any age of either sex.” – Ed & Terri H., Victoria, B.C., Canada    

 

“I can’t speak highly enough about my tour to Krakow and Zakopane with Poland Culinary Vacations. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken! Malgorzata ‘Sarna’ Rose runs a first-class operation. I am not a fan of large tour groups so this tour with its small number of participants and its flexibility really appealed to me. Our time was divided between cooking, sightseeing and, of course, lots of good eating. Because I’m of Polish descent the tour took me back to my “roots”. The hotels and restaurants chosen for us were excellent. My fondest memories are of the cooking sessions with village women in their kitchens. They were so welcoming and eager to share their recipes with us. After enjoying the lunch we had prepared together we were treated to singing by the women.” – Nancy J., Springfield, VA

 

“Want to say it has been a wonderful trip! I especially enjoyed the countryside, towns and shopping was good, too.” – Kris A., Great Falls, MT

 

“If I had to pick a highlight I couldn’t, I’d pick three. The three mornings we spent cooking with the country housewives were great. From the food to the nalewki it was great. There was plenty of wonderful food – especially borscht and croquettes. But, the highlight was being in those kitchens, working as a group, then sitting down to a great lunch you had a hand in making. If you’re lucky there will be singing – and you will probably be lucky.” – Jim B., Minneapolis, MN

 

“I recently spent a wonderful week in Lower Silesia, Poland, participating in a culinary tour. Our accommodations were great staying part of the time in a 16th century castle! How often can you say that, lol. It was a beautiful place to stay in the countryside of Poland. We spent part of our time in the country visiting some of the villages and participating in the hands on cooking with the village ladies. These wonderful women cooked and sang for us sharing their cooking knowledge. We made pierogi, golabki, and red beetroot borscht among the many dishes they shared with us. Our week was busy with touring as well as cooking. We got to experience the Polish culture and history of the area. We ate in fine restaurants, eating the tasty Polish cuisine. Being third generation Polish I found it a very emotional trip. My Grandmother had grown up near the area I was touring and I felt a part of the country. My thanks goes out to all who accommodated us, especially Sarna, the President of the Poland Culinary Vacations, Inc.” – Barbara M., Great Falls, MT


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