The Festival’s guests will have an opportunity to participate in exciting master-classes in kalitkas’ baking, traditional and modern craft souvenirs making, to compete in the Karelian gorodki game – “Kyykkä” (Finnish skittles), to purchase hand-made gifts and learn how to make collections of Karelian herbs and berries.
The main part of the Festival’s program is cooking contest “Kalitka, kalitochka” which is held among the public catering service organizations and institutions of Sortavala district in the following nominations: “Signature recipe” and “The smallest Kalitka”. Competing teams will also take part in holding big open master-class in kalitkas’ baking according to the traditional recipe.
The special guest of the Festival and the main judge of the “Kalitka, kalitochka” contest is Tarmo Wasenius, the Vice-President of the Finnish and North Karelian Chefs’ Association, Chef of the “Karelskaya Gornitsa” restaurant.
At the end of the Festival’s program the cookers of the “Piipun Piha” restaurant will make a gift for all guests by baking the Russia’s biggest Kalitka. In 2017 its length amounted to 2,56 meters and width was 1,05 meters. In 2018 for the Festival’s anniversary the feast’s hosts will make a surprise for guests, baking kalitka of unusual form.
The program also includes performance of folk-group “Koleso” (“The Wheel”) from Saint Petersburg and the “Karelskaya Gornitsa” ensemble from Petrozavodsk, as well as the performance of Vepsian choir from Sheltozero and creative teams from the city and district of Sortavala.
The Festival’s aim and tasks are preservation and promotion of the Karelian culture and traditions, preservation of national self-awareness and mentality of citizens of the Republic of Karelia, making Festival’s guests familiar with the culture and traditions of the Karelians through gastronomic aspect of the Festival, as well as active lifestyle promotion.
The feast will be held on the territory of the “Piipun Piha” hotel (44 Promyshlennaya str., city of Sortavala), the Festival starts at 2 p.m.