Latvians are proud of their ancient cultural heritage when it comes to gastronomy, often producing and preparing their own food. Rīga and the Gauja region have been named the European Region of Gastronomy 2017 for that reason. It’s interesting to note that the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle, which is very closely linked to an appreciation of that which is natural and naturally produced, has recently been expanding in Rīga, not least because people appreciate sustainable ideas.
Latvia’s gastronomy may have been influenced by Germans, Swedes, Poles and Russians, but if we look at national celebrations, then we see one very unique aspect of the past that is still with us – Latvians like to be in contact with nature and to produce and prepare food with their own hands.
Last Friday Latgale Culinary Heritage Centre came out on top the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) Tourism and Local Gastronomy competition in Latvia.
"Latvijas lielie pelēkie zirņi" or to simply put it the Latvian grey peas have been enlisted in the European Protected Designations of Origin (PDO)