The Tastes and Regions
Discover the flavors of Russia through the unique plates of Russia’s regions. Visit Siberia and explore its culture of hunters, game dishes and the local tea. Or the Volga region with ukha soup and the variety of dumplings called manty/manti that came from the former Soviet Asia. Or the Central region with its food luxuries (e.g. Leo Tolstoy’s dessert). Don’t forget “the Venice of the North,” or St. Petersburg, and the local “pyshki,” deep-fried ring-shaped donut-like buns that became the symbol of the city. And go to the edge of the world for gems of Russia’s Far Eastern cuisine — Kamchatka crab, Sakhalin caviar or Kyorchekh, Yakutia’s best-known dessert. Yes, it’s so easy to get lost among all these tastes, but our guides are here to help! Food connoisseurs and restaurateurs prepared their stories on what they love about Russian cuisine.
A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to Soviet tastes. Besides the well-known borshch, syrniki with smetana, blini and oladyi, it unpacks other curiosities of Russian Soviet cuisine that truly became a cultural code – cutlets, okroshka, tvorog rings (a local variation of eclairs and profiteroles), ponchiks (donuts) and condensed milk. Sounds delicious? The exhibits will also guide you through the backstage of the production of Russia’s gastronomic hallmarks, Kolomna pastila and pelmeni, and take you for art walks through the local farm.
Thirsty for more? Explore the section about Russia’s wine, craft beer and cocktails that beats all the stereotypes about the bar culture in the country. The exhibits tell stories about nastoika culture and its origins in the 19th-century liqueur making, reconstruct a 300-year history of kvass and highlight the key moments of the craft revolution led by local beer, cider and medovukha. Or do you prefer tea? Find out more about how tea got to Russia and how it stayed. Or maybe you have an appetite for art? Explore meals of classical Russian literature, see the Russian fairy tales through a foodie’s eyes, or spend a day with Russian paintings to see a traditional Russian feast. The projects also highlight the traditions of khokhloma, gzhel, imperial porcelain, crystal and other tableware that was used for Russian banquetes.