What dishes are associated with Lublin cuisine? Regional dishes have always been characterized by simplicity and nutritiousness. The culinary heritage of the Lublin region is related to its border location at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western cultures. The range of regional dishes and flavours is very rich and diverse, as evidenced by over 200 items included on the List of Traditional Products.
Today, the showcase of the Lublin region are primarily high-quality products: honeys, also potable, made of linden, bean, rapeseed, herbs, buckwheat and raspberry; fruits - raspberries, currants, strawberries, apples; oils - rapeseed and linseed, among others. The region is also famous for the cultivation of excellent quality hops, an indispensable ingredient of good beer. The golden drink has its festival, Chmielaki, which takes place in Krasnystaw every August.
Cider is another popular drink. No wonder, Lubelskie is one of the largest apple basins in the whole country. We can have a taste of this delicious drink during the Lublin Young Cider Festival, organized in Lublin in September.
At the annual Wine Festival in Janowiec by the Vistula river you will try the best wines from the vineyards of the Lesser Poland Gorge of the Vistula. It is also worth to visit Lublin, where the Time of Good Cheese and Wine festival takes place in June.
The Lublin region is called the land of pierogi and this is not an exaggeration! Russian pierogi, pierogi with groats, with cabbage, mushrooms or with fresh seasonal fruit. There are also Lublin pierogi filled with buckwheat and cheese. A good opportunity to try them is the National Festival In the land of Pierogi in Bychawa.
Lublin Voivodeship is also famous for carp farming, which has been run almost the same way for 800 years. A popular product is the carp ham produced in the area of Opole Lubelskie.
Groats are a characteristic ingredient of Lublin dishes. The leader is the buckwheat pirog - a cake consisting mainly of groats, potatoes and cottage cheese, baked in a roasting dish. Both hot and cold is delicious. Groats have their holiday in Janów Lubelski. During the two-day Culinary Festival "Gryczaki" we can learn about different kinds of groats, and learn more about Lublin products included in the list of traditional products.
A real treat is pork meat from the Puławy pig, the first native breed of pigs in Poland that was bred in the Lubelskie Voivodeship, near Puławy and Lubartów.
Are you a fan of Polish cuisine, such as tripe soup? You must come to Piaski for the Tripe Soup Festival combined with a competition for the Best Tripe Soup of the Lublin region. Your palate will be delighted.
When visiting Lublin, it is worth to taste the Lublin poultry forszmak - an aromatic soup consisting of chicken or turkey meat, smoked bacon and ham, onion, pickled cucumber, cream, tomato concentrate, wheat flour, and spices. The region also has its own kind of pork chops, the Lublin cutlet - coated with buckwheat flour and eggs.
The most famous Lublin snack is cebularz. It's a round-shaped wheat flatbread, fragrant and crunchy, topped with onions and poppy seeds. Before the war it was baked by the Lublin Jews. Cebularz can be bought in almost all grocery stores in Lublin. We recommend a look at the bakeries located near the Old Town. It is also worth visiting the Regional Museum of Cebularz in Lublin, where one can learn the secrets of preparing this specialty.
Another well-known bakery product is Kazimierz cockerel, a rooster-shaped baked available only in Kazimierz Dolny. During the trip to the picturesque town by the Vistula river, one should learn about the legend of Kazimierz cockerel and drop by the Sarzyński bakery.
No need to introduce the European Festival of Taste in Lublin. Each edition focuses on cuisine from other parts of Europe. The program also includes concerts, exhibitions and various culinary events. Another event that no foodie should miss is the Festival of Regional and Traditional Products "On the culinary route of eastern Poland", promoting high-quality products made by local producers.
Come and learn how Lubelskie tastes like!