Last Friday Latgale Culinary Heritage Centre came out on top the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) Tourism and Local Gastronomy competition in Latvia. As the winner, Latgale Culinary Heritage Centre will be endorsed by EDEN and will be able to attend events organized by the European Commission. Top five contenders will also have a short video made about each one of them, enabling the contestants to promote their destinations both domestically and abroad.

Latgale Culinary Heritage Center, established at the initiative of Kraslava Tourism Information Centre, maintains successful cooperation with local businessmen, develops gastronomic tourism routes, and popularizes local cuisine in Latvia and abroad. The acting director of the Tourism Development Agency, Inese Sirava, commented that Latgale’s culinary tradition has been in steady development for the last several years. This can be attributed to the increasing flow of local tourists and especially foreigners who endeavour to find something authentic and unique to the particular place.

Latgale Culinary Heritage Centre had some stiff competition. Other noteworthy and deserving participants included – Liepaja, Tukums, Dundaga and Bauska. Each town pitched its original idea, either by sticking to region’s traditional values or introducing a completely new, modern concept of its traditional dishes.

It is, however, not only the traditional cuisine which attracts the attention of tourists and experts abroad. In an article released by Huffington Post on December 2, two of Latvia’s contemporary restaurants – Valtera Restorāns and 3 Pavāru Restorāns – were extolled. Author noted the high quality of the dishes, innovative and artistic approach to cooking and serving food, and affordability as the biggest perks of dining in Riga.

Photo by Didzis Grods
Latvian Institute, 07.12.2015, Culture, EU, Food