Khakassia Prepares for “Food Travelers”

Alena Donskaya, 21.04.2014 07:22
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Food excursions are now being organized in the open-air museum ‘Ust-Sos’ in Beysky District of Khakassia, reports the republic’s travel portal. Tourists will be offered lessons on cooking national mutton dishes.

Namely, there will be lessons on cooking khan (blood sausage), sokhachy (liver kebab), and poorsakha ugre (soup with dumplings). Travelers will also learn the special techniques used when cooking national desserts from talgan – ground fried wheat.

After the lessons, it is possible to take a tour around the museum complex or stay for the night in a guest yurt. The next day tourists can go, either on foot or by car, on trips to the sacred places Khan Obaazy, Khyzyl Khaya, and Papalchikha.

Food tourism is a new branch for Khakassia, just as it is for Russia on the whole. As of now, it is still in its early stages of development in Russia, and few tour operators are offering food tours.

Author of a series of gastronomic guides ‘Gourmet Atlas’ Anatoly Gendin told TRN magazine that the thing holding Russian food tourism back was the stereotype among many tour operators of it being an overly narrow, expensive and unpopular field. At the same time, the segment is exhibiting rapid growth abroad.

According to the expert, development and promotion of certain territories as gastronomic complexes may result in a successful tourism product and serve as a catalyst for food tourism in the country.

In 2014, the State Tourism Committee will become a separate entity from the republic’s Ministry of Sports and Tourism.

Also, the Association for Development of Domestic and Inbound Tourism in Siberia is currently being created in the Khakass Republic. 

The new institution will include travel companies of Khakassia, Tyva and Krasnoyarsk Krai.
 
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