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7 food festivals you shouldn't miss while visiting Poland

1. Good Taste Festival in Poznań

Recognized as the most interesting culinary festival by prestigious culinary guide  Gault&Millau, this festival draws visitors looking to enjoy fabulous food, fun and festivities. No matter what kind of culinary experience you crave, there is something for everyone. The event provides the opportunity to taste regional specialties such as cheese, bread, sausages honey and local alcohol, as well as imported good such as Turkish or Greek halva,  olive oil or truffles.

2. Gesina na Swietego Marcina' Festival

Far from being a typical local festival with a fair and music, Gesina na Swietego Marina involves the participation of restaurants across the whole of Poland. For the period of one month, the restaurants have to include dishes with goose meat in their menus. The purpose is to revive the centuries-long Polish tradition of eating goose meat.

3. Bread Festival in Gdansk

Bread holiday is a part of the Dominican Fair in Gdansk. This annual celebration opens with the bread buggle call and is an excellent opportunity for bread enthusiasts to try a variety of baked goods, talk to the experts in the field of food technology, dieticians, and participate in a variety of competitions.

4. Cracow 'Pierogi' Festival

Organised in mid-August on Cracow Small Market Square, the Pierogi festival draws large numbers of pierogi lovers. Here, the jury and random visitors vote for their favourite pierogi maker.

5. Gruczno Festival of Taste

Originating from the Honey Festival, the Gruczno festival is unsurprisingly strong on Polish produce, with stalls selling local sausages, home-made cheese, natural jams and other fruit preserves. Food-lovers will be delighted to discover the traditional Polish products, made using natural methods.

6. European Festival of Taste in Lublin

The Lublin festival features live folk music, combined with the concerts of world-famous artists. You can explore dozens of food stalls and watch cookery demos where you will learn the techniques for making traditional food. There are also kids' cookery classes, culinary workshops and local art exhibitions.

7. Terra Madre Slow Food Festival

No list of culinary festivals would be complete without the Terra Madre festival. In December Cracow turns into the culinary capital of Central Europe, with food laboratories, themed suppers, best chefs, beer and wine sampling, as well as a slow wine bar. Children will love theatrical performances, sensory playground and a huge educational table set with Christmas Eve dishes.

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