Christmas flavours in Garnizon. Report from “Smakuj Trójmiasto” Festival
Christmas treats from local restaurateurs, ideas for stylish gifts, and a carol-singing choir on stage: another edition of Smakuj Trójmiasto (Taste the Tricity) in Stary Maneż club gave its guests a taste of Christmas.
The Smakuj Trójmiasto Festival celebrated its first birthday. Its organiser, Justyna Zalewska, wished for it from the very beginning to be a meeting place of connoisseurs of good food. The main idea was for the festival to be diverse, stylish, and always delicious. Each edition was met with great interest, be it Asian, vegetarian, or meat festival. On Sunday, 4th of December, just like 12 months ago, the Christmas edition took place.
Stary Maneż club is located within the premises of the trendy Garnizon (Garrison) district of Gdańsk. On the 4th of December, it housed several dozen exhibitors, mainly restaurateurs from Tricity. It’s their creative, delicious dishes that are the highlight of the festival. This time, Christmas-themed dishes awaited for visitors, inspiring new approach to traditional Polish recipes.
The main highlight of the event were the pierogi (traditional Polish dumplings) in various forms, from the more sophisticated, with salmon and poppy seed (from Corezze), or the classics such as meat or cabbage and mushroom-stuffed ones (from Pierogi z Drogi). There was also plenty of variations of herring: this traditional Christmas fish was served in root marinate (LongStreet 52), or in buttermilk (Corezze). Among meats, you would find goose breast with marinated vegetables (LongStreet), pulled pork with cabbage in a bun (Tu’gether), pastrami (Po Kolei), liver in cider (Cały Gaweł), or beef cheek (Krew i Woda).
Pastry stands were the ones that attracted most interest, also because the entire club was filled with smells that originated there. In the menu were, among others: rum gingerbread (Stary Maneż), vegan cashew nut cake with coconut, and carrot cake with popcorn (Fukafe, gluten- and sugar-free pastries (Las), apples in chocolate, doughnuts, Turkish baclavas, or French macarons (Monsieur Armand).
If you were looking for an inspiration for Christmas presents, you would also find something interesting during Smakuj Trójmiasto Festival. Kitchen design, artistic ceramics and pottery, Christmas ornaments, or craft foods and drinks: homemade bread, dried fruit, jars filled with delicious preserves, and takeaway dishes, such as pates and hummus. Many restaurants also advertised their Christmas catering menus.
The Christmas atmosphere lingered in the club, as No Saints choir sang Christmas carols, and head chefs from selected restaurants prepared their specialties on stage. On the first floor, the organisers set tables for tasting purposes, and even though there wasn’t enough place – the event was visited by hundreds of people. Smakuj Trójmiasto once again attracted a large turnout. But this should come as no surprise: right now, it is the most fancy culinary event in entire Tricity. You cannot miss any of next year’s editions, unless you want to miss out on all the goodies local head chefs have in store.