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Gastronomic Festival Will Be Held In Astrakhan
29.06.2017 23:51
Gastronomic Festival Will Be Held In Astrakhan

Guests from two dozen countries are expected to come to Astrakhan for a three-day international forum-festival "Gastronomic Roads of the Great Silk Road: Traveling for taste, Astrakhan-2017," Interfax-South news agency reported to the press service of the region's head of state on Thursday.

      "On July 7, the most authoritative domestic and foreign experts in the field of tourism, restaurateurs, hoteliers, tour operators, food and beverage manufacturers, delegations from various parts of the country and, of course, tourists will gather in the Caspian capital of Russia," the source said. He said that experts will come from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, Iran, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Croatia, and Japan.

      Within the framework of the festival, two gala dinners will be held at the Astrakhan Opera and Ballet Theater: the first will be dedicated to Astrakhan cuisine, the second will be organized by foreign and Russian chefs. Also master classes of leading culinary specialists of Russia and abroad are planned, connected with the themes of the Great Silk Road.

      Also on the Day of the Fisherman, master classes are planned for cooking local lambian cuisine: pie with pits, pies with fish, tortillas of caviar roe, zharehi and other dishes. Each district of the region will take part in the competition for the best soup. In addition, an exhibition-sale of products of local craftsmen from cane, chakana, fish skin will be launched on the embankment. The press service noted that the main goal of the forum-festival is the development and popularization of the national cuisine as an element of the world gastronomic culture.

      Astrakhan museum, with over 250 000 exhibits, preserves the past of Astrakhan as Russia’s south outpost, crossed by the Great Silk Route. The city attracted merchants from Khiva, Bukhara, Persia and India. The Bukhara and Indian arcades, Armenian and Persian trade missions came to Astrakhan. The museum also illustrates the history of a vast area in the Volga’s lower reaches from the Mesolithic Age to the present day, and demonstrates links between eras and nations, their customs, cultures, traditions and religions.


      The city has an unforgettable image, with a number of historical and architectural monuments. Of special note among them are St. Vladimir`s Cathedral, the Transfiguration Monastery tower, the former Azov-and-Don Bank, and the Astrakhan Cossack headquarters. The Tetyushininov Mansion decorated with lacy carvings may serve as a good example of the Russian wooden architecture.


      The Kustodiev Art Gallery, in its lovely ancient house, is named after Boris Kustodiev, famous painter and stage artist, one of the most brilliant pupils of the celebrated Ilya Repin. The gallery has an extensive collection, with sculptures and paintings by such artists as Nesterov, Kustodiev and Levitan. The Astrakhan Drama, one of the Russia’s oldest provincial theatres, celebrated its 180th anniversary in 1990. It was known for guest performances of renowned drama actresses Maria Yermolova and Vera Komissarzhevskaya, as well as opera singers Fedor Chaliapin and Leonid Sobinov. In more recent times, film and drama star Lydia Tselikovskaya and prima donnas Maria Maksakova and Tamara Milashkina started their careers here.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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