Golden Autumn gifts, or what Moscow food festival has in store

Golden Autumn gifts, or what Moscow food festival has in store
The Golden Autumn Festival opened in Moscow on 22 September to welcome both gourmets and cultural event-goers. The festival menu includes 100 Russian dishes of the Russian and 50 from outside the country. The cultural programme involves performances with food shows, concerts, games, quizzes plus workshops.

Meat and fish, cheese and vegetables, fruit and berries from all over the country will be abundant at the Golden Autumn Festival. There will be 100 types of cheese made by Russia’s 90 best cheese-mongers from 30 regions. Retail tents and chalets will also offer 460 types fish and sea products from 11 Russian regions.

This time, the festival will be held from 22 September until 8 October at 13 central and 10 other venues. Golden Autumn will for the first time involve fairs – 18 inter-regional and regional fairs, 95 weekend fairs, and also 19 farmer’s markets. The food products will arrive from over 40 regions of Russia and other countries too.

List of festival sites:

Central Administrative Area:

  1. Manezhnaya Square.
  2. Between Manezhnaya Square and Revolution Square.
  3. Revolution Square.
  4. 6-8 StoleshnikovPereulok.
  5. Tverskaya Square.
  6. Novopushkinsky Public Garden
  7. Klimentovsky Pereulok.
  8. 13 Novy Arbat Street.
  9. 15 Novy Arbat Street.
  10. 19 Novy Arbat Street.
  11. 21 Novy Arbat Street.
  12. Tretyakovsky Proyezd.
  13. Kuznetsky Most Street (Central Department Store TsUM). 

Other administrative areas:

  1. Northern Administrative Area: 62 Leningradsky Prospekt.
  2. Northeastern Administrative Area: 13 Khachaturyana Street.
  3. Eastern Administrative Area: 14 Gorodetskaya Street.
  4. Southeastern Administrative Area: 3 Marshala Chuikova Street.
  5. Southern Administrative Area: 14 Orekhovy Boulevard.
  6. Southwestern Administrative Area: 87 Profsoyuznaya Street.
  7. Western Administrative Area: Europe Square.
  8. Northwestern Administrative Area: 56 Skhodnenskaya Street.
  9. Zelenograd Administrative Area: 2 Yunosti Square.
  10. Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas: 1 Sirenevy Boulevard, Troitsk.

Festival-goers will be able to try 100 Russian dishes and 50 international dishes. For example, on the menu will be soup (ukha) from three types of fish (pike-perch, pike and starlet), tsar’s ukha and merchant’s ukha, chicken shish kebab soaked in a cheese-and-cottage-cheese marinade, a wrap with grilled Suluguni cheese and honey-and-lemon sauce, grilled fish and meat, home-made stewed fruit and herb tea. 

Golden Autumn also has a special project, the big pumpkin festival. The city will be adorned with pumpkin mini-gardens and flower-beds, boulevards with pumpkin street lights and a decorative panel with various types of pumpkins.

Cooking workshops, 3D-cards and flow board

Those who enjoy cooking will appreciate chef school workshops and creative classes. Beginner chefs will learn the secrets of making various types of meals, from traditional cottage cheese pancakes (syrniki) and apple pies, to fast food and molecular cuisine recipes. Other entertainments will feature cushion painting, making 3D-cards, collages, handbags and autumnal decorative panels and candles.

Workshops authors will talk about the environment, the history of the Russian folk costume and crafts, and show how to paint wooden spoons in the Khokhloma style, embroider a linen napkin, and adorn a tray in the colourful Zhostovo painting technique. There will be workshops and performances with food shows for young visitors.

Golden Autumn programme will also feature concerts and active outdoor games, including at Manezhnaya Square with its water sports park still in operation. Visitors can take a breath-taking flow board ride down the 12-metre long slide installation.

Golden Autumn-2016: Moskovsky cheese, ray soup and Pacific ivasi

Golden Autumn is part of the Moscow Seasons festival cycle. Last year, it was held between 23 September and 9 October, and consisted of three mini-festivals: the Meat Week, Cheese Days and the Fish Week.

In two and a half weeks, the festival attracted over 5 million people. They made a new type of cheese, consumed 3,500 marble beef burgers, and cooked 350 litres of fish soup (ukha) from salmon and ray.

Meat Week saw 180 tonnes of meat sold out, followed by 25 tonnes on Cheese Days when the meat price was reduced by 30%. Cheesemongers set a cheese record by selling 62 tonnes of cheese during last year’s festival. The most unusual savouries were truffles with mature cheese and two different types of sweets with blue cheese.

During the Fish Week, visitors bought over 240 metric tons of fish and fish products. After a long interval of over 25 years, people could once again buy Far Eastern ivasi sardines that had left the Russian Pacific water area in the late 1980s due to its migration cycle.