The Popularity of Farmer's Markets in the Czech Republic Is Increasing
High-quality and fresh food from the local production of Czech farmers have recently become highly sought after goods. Food festivals and foodie markets, which offer a rich assortment of food and organic quality products, are growing in popularity. For visitors these places are an ideal opportunity to get acquainted with honest and genuine Czech cuisine.
Farmers' markets in the capital and outside the capital
In Prague, farmers markets operate in different parts of the city. In the district of Vinohrady they regularly take place at Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On the banks of the Vltava river bank they are held every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm at a place called Náplavka. Today, the traditional Prague farmer's market is the market on Saturdays at Dejvické náměstí Square which is popularly nicknamed Kulaťák. What can you buy at farmers' markets? Vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, meats and sausages, cheeses and other dairy products, bread and pastries, eggs, sweet desserts, cider and juices, spirits and wine, honey, flowers and seedlings and much more!
You can also find a number of towns and villages outside Prague which are regular hosts of farmers' markets. In South Bohemia, this includes Jindřichův Hradec, Vysočina Region, Havlíčkův Brod and the Wallachian town of Vsetín. Farmers’ markets are also organized by the Bohemian metropolis of Plzeň. The Vegetable Market in Brno has a great, centuries-old tradition. On account of repairs being carried out on the square where it is usually held, the market is moved to nearby Moravské náměstí Square until November 15.
Summer trips or stays in the renowned Luhačovice spa can be livened up with a visit to the Luhačovice Food Festival. Its theme this year is a peek into the mystery of Wallachian dishes from the past to the present. Whoever comes to this event can look forward to historic recipes and an exhibition of historical cookbooks, as well as the modern cuisine of Luhačovice hotels. The second year of the festival, organized by the Luhačovice Resort, will take place this year on Saturday August 16 on the premises of Luhapark from 10 am to 7 pm.
The region of Eastern Moravia and Wallachia is definitely a place dedicated to traditional gastronomy. Proof of this is the Karlovský gastrofestival, which will be held in Velké Karlovice from October 5 to 7. The motto of the festival is to promote and popularize regional producers and traditional Wallachian cuisine, to which cabbage soup, gnocchi, frgál or plum brandy inherently belong. There will be samples for tasting on the market, which will also include typical delicacies: lamb, pork, rabbit and venison specialties, dishes made from buckwheat or pumpkin, various types of steamed chesses and other types of cheeses, sausages, honey and other regional products.
Prague is also planning a feast of food and drink in the form of the fourth annual Foodparade Festival which will be held on the beautiful premises of Trója Castle on September 6 and 7. In addition to the food tasting menu of each restaurant and selected delicacies and drinks, guests can also look forward to a rich accompanying program. Part of the program includes the climatic gastronomic contest "Food Cup Czech Specials". The contest aims at presenting the culinary riches of the Czech Republic through the involvement of restaurants certified in the Czech Specials project. In this manner, four regional rounds are held in the first half of the year, which determine which restaurant will advance to the final tournament competition. This will be on the agenda right in Trója, which should intentionally be held on Saturday September 6, which is International Chefs Day.
For small and medium farmers, growers and producers predominantly from the region, there is often an almost insurmountable problem of getting their products to the conventional distribution network of large retail chains. The way to finding customers while avoiding hypermarkets are foodie supermarkets and private bio-stores. The demand for them is rising because Czech consumers are beginning to realize how important it is to have a selection of quality local food, which don’t use unnecessary preservatives, substitutes, harmful E's and other dangerous chemicals. These shops can be found in almost every big city in the Czech Republic.