Slow Food Kujawsko-Pomorskie convivium invites all the Slow Food lovers (and not only;) to the culinary event in the beautiful city of Torun, North of Poland (Kuyavian-Pomeranian region), during the forthcoming weekend April 1st and 2nd. It will be the best opportunity to meet the diversity of local tastes of historical and contemporary time. Our convivium Slow Food Dolny Slask (Lower Silesia) will be also there!

This year the festival “Torun Festival of Tastes 2017: Local and Foreign” will show up with the main topic deeply coherent with Slow Food philosophy and movement: history of local food. The question is: what is considered to be local? The participants will search for the clue. The professional lecturers, shows and tastings will remind the forgotten tastes of the Old Poland. Together with theoretical section there will be a great variety of stands with local resources. During two days of these amazing presentations you will learn a lot what Poland had and has to offer in terms of historical and local food, tourism and crafts.

As each year the festival is being organized within the wider important event of the region: Tourist Trade “Relaxation” (PL: Targi Torunskie “Wypoczynek”). In terms of Slow Food Travel this partnership may me very promising for all the participants. Poland is full of good, local food, and its producers are located mostly in countryside, while the consumers gather in towns, thus the touristic development of the country may be closely related to the targets of Slow Food Travel initiative. The total event – touristic, historical and culinary – will be held in Centrum Targowe “Park”, ul. Szosa Bydgoska 3 in Torun, and will have four main entities:

Targi Torunskie – Torun Trade,

Municipality of Torun,

Centre of Culinary Heritage of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun,

Institute of History and Archival Sciences of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun.

The Slow Food Kujawsko-Pomorskie convivium is the Patron and co-organiser of this wonderful historical and culinary event. Other regions of Poland will appear as well with their resources. There will be also several presentations of other Polish Slow Food convivia, their producers and educators.

The historian, Jaroslaw Dumanowski, Professor in Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, is the spiritus movens of the culinary event. Since many years Professor Dumanowski has been involved in academic and professional education and promotion of the history of the period called Old Polish Cuisine (PL: Kuchnia Staropolska). Due to his and his team’s work a wide range of books on the history of Old Polish cuisine has been launched by the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanow within the series Monumenta Poloniae Culinaria”. He co-operates with many restaurants too. One of the most famous books Professor was involved in is the summary (with the description and interpretation) of the first Polish culinary book in print: “Compendium Ferculorum…” dated to 1682. The author Stanislaw Czerniecki was the Masterchef of the aristocratic Lubomirski’s house. The book has had great input in the culinary activity in Poland recently. Numerous chefs have been more and more interested in reconstructing the Old Polish tastes based on the book’s recipies. Professor Dumanowski is a member of Slow Food Kujawsko-Pomorskie convivium.

Aleksandra Klesta-Nawrocka, the Convivium Leader of Slow Food Kujawsko-Pomorskie, who is in charge of the involvement of the Slow Food movement in the event, is a PhD cultural and food anthropologist, culinary passionate as well. She is the most active Slow Food person in the region in terms of historical food and culture education, and contemporary local food of the region. In her great book “Perfect Chef. Historical and Cultural Phenomenum of Old Polish Ciusine” Mrs Klesta-Nawrocka has described and interpretated the second Polish culinary book in print dated to 1786 by Wojciech Wieladko.

This professional team gives you the confidence of the highly upright scope of information and resources. Do not hesitate to arrive hungry to the event, and let yourself taste the whole variety of Old and contemporary Polish food. Thinking of the forthcoming Easter you may find this meeting quite reasonable opportunity for Easter shopping too, so bring some empty bags with you, and feel free to invite your friends too according to the programme below.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

10.30 Official Opening of the Fair,

11.00 Start of the competition for festival stands, and for the touristic-culinary souvenir.

K1 Hall:

11.00 -12.00 Where does the black pepper grow? Educational workshops for children, Agnieszka Wieczorek, Institute of History and Archival Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Renata Adamczyk-Nowak, history teacher.

1st floor, Auditorium:

12.00 Königsberg’s meatballs, Torun gingerbreads and snails: what is our in our kitchen? Jarosław Dumanowski, Center of Culinary Heritage, Institute of History and Archival Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun,

12.15 President-Rector Dinner, tasting show,

14.00 Culinary contest of “Torun President Ladle”, tasting show,

16:30 Ceremonial awarding: 1) Torun President Ladle, 2) 2017 Tourism Fair Grand Prix, 3) 2017 Torun Festival of Tastes Grand Prix.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

1st floor, Auditorium:

12.00 Slow Food – What Is It? Aleksandra Klesta-Nawrocka, Tomasz Welter, Slow Food Kujawsko-Pomorskie, lecture with tasting,

12:30 Emmer, Einkorn, Spelt. Story of Old Cereal Species, Mieczyslaw Babalski, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Ecological Producers Association, owner of Bio Babalscy brand,

13.00 Edible weeds? Uncultivated vegetables in Polish cuisine, Anna Ruminska, Chwastozercy, Slow Food Dolny Slask,

13.30 Coffee – Exotic Drink in Local Edition, Roman Skonieczny, Herbacafe Coffee Roasters in Zlotoria, presentation and tasting,

14.00 Vinegar of Black Elderberry and Calamus Herb in Sugar. Renaissance of Domestic Handicrafts, Jozef Siadak, Specjaly spod Strzechy, lecture and tasting.

Hall K1:

12.00 Gingerbread Laboratory – Family Academy of Taste, lecture and workshops, Anna Kornelia-Jedrzejewska, Krzysztof Lewandowski, Department of History of Torun Gingerbread Handicraft, Torun District Museum.





Information on culinary events:

Aleksander Klesta-Nawrocka, 697-830-678

Marta Sikorska, 691-180-675

General information on Tourism Fair “Relaxation” and Torun Festival of Tastes:

Barbara Dzioba 606-228-261

Marta Lenkiewicz 692-371-615


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