Moscow Maslenitsa Festival to feature 68 shopping chalets

Moscow Maslenitsa Festival to feature 68 shopping chalets
Regular participants in Moscow’s festivals and new firms gear up for the Moscow Maslenitsa (Pancake) Festival.

Participants in the Moscow Maslenitsa Festival will bring their best products from all across the country to sell at shopping chalets located at 13 sites in the city. Visitors will be able to buy cheese, fish, pryaniki [cakes] and souvenirs.

Over 270 firms and self-employed entrepreneurs were vying for the right to demonstrate their products at the festival. The competition jury selected 110 entrants. Sixty-eight chalets will be opened at the festival sites, including 34 shopping outlets and 24 stands offering food and beverages.

Artisans from the Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod and Kaluga regions will sell their products in Manezhnaya Square. Tableware, souvenirs from porcelain and glazed pottery to decorate your home, as well as sweets from the Vologda Region will be sold in Revolution Square.

In the area between the two squares, food connoisseurs will be able to sample gourmet cheese from the Tver, Vladimir and Leningrad regions, fish delicacies, and red and black caviar. Another attraction are souvenirs from the Nizhny Novgorod, Ivanovo and Vladimir regions, as well as Belarus.

For more delicacies, visit the farmers’ market, a semifinalist in the Shkola Milliarderov [Billionaires’ School] competition among startups, in Novopushkinsky Public Garden.

Those keen on fish delicacies will be able to sample them near the monument to Kliment Timiryazev in Tverskoy Boulevard. The choice of products will be spectacular and include Far Eastern red salmon, Siberian smoked Arctic cisco and whitefish smoked on site, and caviar. 

For unusual accessories visit Tverskaya Square. There visitors will feast their eyes on a colourful variety of headscarves, shawls, scarves and mufflers in Russian neo-folk-art style and items from Kazan made using traditional Tatar leather mosaic techniques. They will also find unique leather footwear – from fashionable loafers to men’s high ichigi [traditional Tatar soft leather high boots].

Next to the site, one can find a wide choice of healthy food, including nuts, sweets, coarse flour ground by hand, and cedar and walnut oil. Families and WWII veterans will be entitled to special discounts.  

In addition, chalets in Tverskaya Square will offer special pans for making pancakes decorated with views of Moscow and unique dishes decorated in classic Russian style, as well as textile goods for the home made by Moscow artists.  

The tastiest, most delicious smelling, decorated pryaniki (cakes) will be sold in Klimentovsky Pereulok – from flat cakes, including Maslenitsa-themed pryaniki, to cakes on a stick, coloured cakes, bunches of cakes, cake homes and even original cake cups, which visitors can use to drink hot tea or coffee from and eat afterwards.

The Book Market in Novy Arbat Street, which is the biggest and longest operating book market in Moscow, will still be open during the festival. Publishing houses are preparing a selection of materials for avant-garde Maslenitsa, including a guide to a private gallery’s collection of Soviet graphic art, as well as children’s and business literature and works of contemporary fiction. 

To buy old culinary books full of festive recipes and albums with reproductions of paintings by great avant-garde masters, visit second-hand bookshops at 19 Novy Arbat Street and 15 Novy Arbat Street. 

The Moscow Maslenitsa Festival is the first in the Moscow Seasons series of street events in 2017. It will be held at 13 sites in the city centre on 17–26 February. The festival will also feature street festivities, sporting events, historical re-enactment, performances by street theatres, exciting workshops and, of course, plenty of pancakes.