1.1 Promotion of local culture and history
Mountains Guides Association "ROVIN" (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Local Tourist Organisation in Przemyśl (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Mountain landscapes look spectacular, but what do they taste like? What are the flavours traditionally associated with Ukrainian and Polish Carpathians? What was on the table of the people, who resided here ages ago, such as the Boyko ethnic group on the territory of Skole Beskydy in Ukraine and Bieszczady in Poland? Forced resettlement, two world wars, and large-scale migration in the 20th century had irretrievably changed this quiet area. Fortunately, Boyko's cultural heritage has survived these turbulent times. The recent decade showed an inflow of tourists in these areas along with growing interest in local traditions.
The MountainTaste project is going to reveal the secrets, treat you with mouth-watering dishes prepared by Carpathian hosts and inspire for culinary experiments. Its aim is to revive and preserve the culinary heritage of mountain regions of Ukraine and Poland. The project team will collect the materials about Boyko cuisine, including ethnography, people’s stories, old recipes from Lviv Oblast, and Podkarpackie Voivodeship. The findings will be used for a publication of the cookbook and a food blog. Moreover, two workshops on traditional Boyko cuisine will be conducted in Dovhe and Ustrzyki Górne, held by local hosts sharing their priceless knowledge and treating the guests with traditional knysh, machanka, kyselytsia, etc... The project partners are going to involve different groups of people such as journalists, food bloggers, tour operators encouraging them to discover the forgotten culinary heritage and promote it by launching new projects and products or simply by sharing the recipes and inviting people to explore Boyko culinary traditions.
The project activities will attract more visitors to the objects of the natural and cultural heritage of the Polish-Ukrainian borderland through more diverse, authentic tourist products and high-quality services.
Ethnographic expeditions to the Boyko land resulted in a bilingual book of recipes entitled 'Boyko cuisine'.
The book was met with great interest and was downloaded more than 1500 times in just five months after its publication online.
COOPERATION OF PARTNERS
The project partners from Poland and Ukraine organised 2 expert meetings and on-line conference, during which they discussed the results of the ethnographic expeditions and presented assumptions for promoting the cultural heritage of Boyko cuisine. The meetings were also attended by representatives of the tourism industry, scientific researchers, ethnographers and historians.
Round table of ethnographers and historians in Ustrzyki Górne (PL)
During the conference with the participation of ethnographers, the results of ethnographic expeditions and materials collected on the culture and traditions of the Boykos were presented.
Conference ‘Boyko cuisine: history, modernity, perspectives’
The project partner, the Local Tourist Organisation in Przemyśl, created a series of online culinary workshops on Boyko cuisine with Agnieszka Wereszczyńska, a culinary instructor.
FESTIVAL OF BOYKO CUISINE IN UKRAINE
On 11th October 2020, as part of the Boyko Cuisine Festival in the village of Dovhe-Rovin (Lviv oblast, UA), the partners organised a culinary workshop. Their participants were able to learn how to prepare traditional dishes of the region, as well as taste the ones already prepared by housewives. The culinary workshops organised during the Festival were met with great interest, with 20 housewives and more than 200 participants, including representatives of local authorities, the tourism industry and the media.
Reports from the Boyko Cuisine Festival
COOKING WORKSHOPS AS PART OF THE BOYKO CUISINE FESTIVAL
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