Over 1,600 visitors will attend the Russkoye Pole (Russian Field) 4th interregional festival of Slavic culture on 26 July. The event will take place at Moscow’s Tsaritsyno museum-reserve. This will be Russia’s largest folk art festival.
The festival will include Russia’s top folk companies, craft makers, trick riders and others. Groups from 38 Russian regions will be there.
The Firebird Feather prizes will be awarded to winners in the Best Regional Delegation, Best Folk Group, Best Folk Master and Best Dance Group categories. Visitors can also vote for the best group on the event’s official website, http://рполе.рф/. The winner will receive the People’s Choice Award.
Over 250 craft makers and manufacturers will display traditional items at the Russkoye Pole festival. Guests will see crafts that Russian masters are known for, including Gzhel pottery, Tula handmade weapons, Vologda lace, Oryol spis embroidery on damask cotton, toys from the Petrovskoye and Romanovo villages, northern bead-woven articles, and many others.
Visitors will be offered a taste of okroshka iced soup, a popular dish in Russian cuisine. Throughout the day cooks will be making okroshka following traditional recipes from central Russian regions, and also botvinya sorrel soup, and a fish okroshka popular in Russia’s northern and northwestern areas. The soup can be made with kvas, ayran, kefir or broth depending on one’s preferences.
Festival organisers think the tea drinking tradition will enhance the event. Thus, specialists from the company Tea Guild will speak on Russian herbal teas. “Tea drinking is a common tradition that unites and warms everyone at the table. At such a tea party a samovar is the centrepiece and people are united by emotional bonds, the feeling of sharing the same taste, the same spirit and everything at the table equally. This is what they call the Russian soul,” collector and Tea Guild organiser David Sahn noted.
The Russkoye Pole festival will not only include stalls with samovars but also pancake booths. Pancakes (crêpes) by chef Charlie Wister will be a favourite. They will be made with a special recipe.
The Alley of Regions will feature a display of unique goods from Russia’s regions. Visitors will be able to see, taste and buy delicious Slavic food, including Belyovo pastilles, honey, imprinted Tula gingerbreads, and Tver lollipops all through the day.
The festival was organised by the Moscow Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism.
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