Over six million people visited the Golden Autumn gastronomic festival, which took place in Moscow from 22 September until 8 October. On those days, 23 sites and over 100 markets and fairs offered an opportunity to taste and buy farm products and delicacies, such as cheese, fish, meat, fruit and drinks, by Russian producers from 40 regions. In addition, 15 retail chains and 1,400 Moscow shops took part in the festival.
Over 70 tonnes of cheese, more than 70 tonnes of fish and seafood and about 40 tonnes of meat delicacies were sold in the 17 days of the festival. A large cheese fair opened in Tverskaya Square where locals and tourists could taste and buy over 200 domestically produced types of cheese, including rare kinds for connoisseurs, such as coffee caciotta, a semisoft cheese tasting of coffee.
Kuznetsky Most Street hosted a fish market that sold live, frozen and chilled fish and sea food from various parts of Russia – from Kamchatka to Karelia. Gourmets could find Black Sea oysters and Far East caviar at the market stalls. In Revolyutsii (Revolution) Square at the same time, festival guests could buy meat delicacies produced by Russian farmers according to recipes from various countries, such as foie gras, meat tart and smoked ham.
Festival-goers could also enjoy an eventful entertainment programme. Over 5,700 events were held on 155 sites in various parts of the city. It was possible to take part in workshops and tours, attend concerts and even do sports. Sports attractions turned out to be most popular among Muscovites, drawing nearly 120,000 people. In Revolyutsii Square, all those interested could go wakeboarding in special pools. An artificial wave for flowriding (a kind of surfing) was set up for extreme sports lovers in Manezhnaya Square. Free arts and cooking workshops became the second most popular events, in which almost 44,000 people took part. Adults and children learned to make cheese and fish soup, build bicycle models out of vegetable marrows and even cooked up environmentally-friendly shampoo. Over 35,000 people attended folk music groups’ concerts and performances.
The pumpkin was the symbol of Golden Autumn 2017. Artistic arrangements with pumpkins decorated all the festival sites, markets and fairs.
All in all, 25,000 decorative pumpkins were used in autumn installations.
Last year, over five million people visited the Golden Autumn festival. Forty-nine sites all over the city hosted the meat and fish week, as well as cheese days.