This spring, members of the Moscow (National) branch of the IWFS decided to look into this matter and with the help of Russian tourist company “V mire fantaziy” (In a fantasy world) undertook a gastronomic tour to Uzbekistan. The tour, named "Uzbekistan gourmet" included visits to the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, and was composed in such a way that participants were able to fully enjoy the national character. The tourists have learned to cook traditional Uzbek dishes: pilaf, lagman, manty (steam baked dough stuffed with chopped meat), hasib (lamb sausage) from the best chefs and housewives who agreed to share their experience.
The action took place in the national houses, which are themselves the masterpieces of architecture, using authentic dishes and used inventory. Also the participants themselves were to buy food at the farm market and had to bargain, to keep within fixed amount.
In Uzbekistan the ability to trade is considered to be a special gift and is widely welcomed by sellers. The program also included visits to famous restaurants, tea houses, tasting vintage wines at Khovrenko wine plant. Then, a trip to the mountains, where they prepared wonderful dishes on the open fire - shurpa and damlama, and served them at the banks of a mountain stream.
The participants who wanted to explore the area, could rent a donkey led by young “donkeyteers”. Being introduced to the amazing people, ancient traditions, being given a unique opportunity to join the cultural heritage of Uzbek nation in its entirety, including the national classical music, dance, art and more, made this trip unforgettable. Get on board! The next trip is scheduled for October 2012!