Kulebiaka, shanga and okroshka: what to try at the Russian Field Festival

Kulebiaka, shanga and okroshka: what to try at the Russian Field Festival
Guests can enjoy four kinds of okroshka ‒ home-made, merchant, Ural and bread soups.

Cooks will prepare a huge amount of okroshka (cold kvass soup with vegetables and cooked meat), using almost 1,300 litres of Vyatka kvass, at this year’s Russian Field (Russkoye Polye) Festival. In the Big Okroshka tent, visitors will be able to try four kinds of this soup: home-made, merchant, Ural and bread ones.

Chefs from Moscow restaurants will delight visitors with other dishes as well, to show that Russian cuisine is not only shchi (cabbage soup) and kasha (cooked cereals). At the Russian Cuisine site, festival-goers can sample pastries with various fillings, kulebiakas (meat, fish or cabbage pies), kalachi (ring-shaped loaves), crumpets, muffins, gingerbread, shangi (open pies with curd, potatoes or cereals), karavays (large round loaves) and bagels. Also on the menu will be flambe pancakes, whose recipe was inspired by Russian cuisine, and all kinds of drinks, such as fruit drinks, thick berry drinks and tea with thyme, mint, ginger, cranberries, raspberries and willow herb.  

The fifth Inter-regional Russian Field Festival of Slavic Arts will take place at the Tsaritsyno museum estate on 28 August. Guests from 30 Russian regions and also from Belarus, Serbia and Bulgaria will attend. The programme will include performances by choirs, bands and horsemen, and lessons from volunteer patrolmen and riflemen.

About 30 wooden vessels will be launched on the Upper Tsaritsyno Pond. Guests can sail on an Ancient Russian shallop or a copy of Peter the Great’s skiff. The captains of the boats will wear historical costumes, and passengers will learn about each boat’s structure and history. Anyone will be able to join the rowing team.