The Slovaks have always held bread in high esteem. The old custom of welcoming precious guests with bread and salt is still alive, and so is dožinky (a celebration of cereal harvest) at the end of the summer, which stemmed from a mixture of pagan rituals and religious beliefs associated with gathering in of cereal crops. Under … Continue reading With bread and wine in Trebišov
Summer is an ideal time for getting together out in the open. Here in Slovakia, a small landlocked country in the middle of Europe, summer peaks in July and August with temperatures most likely to be between 26 - 30ºC. We've had extremely hot and dry summers in the last couple of years when the … Continue reading Summer festivals celebrate life and good food
Summer is an ideal time for outdoor parties. We in Slovakia love them. They often take the form of cooking competitions like the one I described in the post on Goulash parties last year. But it's not only goulash that you can get to taste when touring Slovakia in the summer. A long thread of … Continue reading Cooking in the great outdoors
The season of food festivals, outdoor parties and dancing shows has already started here in Slovakia. It's that time of year when we like to get together and spend weekends out in the open, have a mug of beer and a good chat with friends, or enjoy a family meal at a village fair. More … Continue reading Let’s dance!