One of the most beautiful Moscow Seasons festivals, Flower Jam, is in full swing in Moscow. Today, its diverse programme offered a city cooking battle, in addition to tours, master classes and concerts. This is a competition for the best homemade jam recipe, which involves residents of all districts.
"We asked Moscow residents to send their family jam recipe. After all, almost every family has its own special jam the mother, aunt or grandmother used to make. We have selected 31 recipes, and now their authors will cook jam right at the festival sites, with professional chefs assisting," said Alla Klimenko, Deputy Director of Moscow Fairs Cultural and International Relations.
Guests will try and choose the best jam. We will know the results on 7 September at one of the festival venues. Launched in Matveyevskaya Street, the cooking battle has just begun.
"This is a new festival’s site and it's beautiful. It is inspired by French railway stations and looks very natural, as it is located next to Matveyevskaya station. Here we have 10 concession stands to sell various festival-related products. Now that we are having Flower Jam, we sell jams and marmalades, as well as other sweets," said Alla Klimenko.
According to her, this is the third international open landscape design competition taking place as part of Flower Jam. There are 42 gardens created by designers throughout Moscow since June. We will know the competition results in September.
"There are 58 festival venues in different parts of Moscow. The festival offers a diverse insightful and entertainment programme including theatrical performances, since it is a Year of Theatre. Everyone is welcome to attend, have some fun, recreate, play, buy some treats, watch a theatrical performance, have some family time," Alla Klimenko added.
There is also a small themed park of a similar design launched in Matveyevskaya Street.
"The park is conceived as a French regular park, but with Russian plants instead of French ones. It has round lawns, one of which hosts 'Poetry Lawn' with an amphitheatre, open for everyone to recite some poetry. It is for a reason, as Vladimir Vysotsky used to live in building 6 next to the park for a long time, so there are a lot of his admirers in this area, who love reciting poetry. We have also made an alley of loving hearts, a children's playground, a student's bench around a huge oak tree," designer Irina Subbotina tells.
Most flowery festival
It is the 3rd Flower Jam festival held in Moscow. It will last until 8 September. Moscow residents and guests can view 42 designer gardens by best specialists from 11 countries. Designers have used 200,000 plants to make them.
The insightful and entertaining programme of the festival started on 23 August, with free cooking master classes, performances, landscape design lectures and. The Festival venues are open on Revolutsii Square, Kamergersky Pereulok, Novy Arbat Street, Tverskoi Boulevard, Profsoyuznaya and other streets.
Listen to lectures on painting and learn to make jam and marmalade on Revolutsii Square, learn fairy tales recipes in Profsoyuznaya and Svyatoozyorskaya streets, and on Orekhovy Boulevard, discover British culture in Mitinskaya Street, feel like at your granny's in Gorodetskaya Street.
Performances and concerts take place daily on Flower Jam venues, with musicals to enjoy every weekend.
On the City Day, 8 September, the festival will conclude with a magnificent amateur contest 'Flower Beds at Local Venues' to cover 1,475 locations throughout Moscow. Everyone is welcome to register for the contest.