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Historic culinary re-enactment programme


Old Polish cuisine was full of mysteries, contrasts, and unusual taste combinations. It was a unique blend of many cultures, in which the traditions of the West were flavoured with some distinct tastes of the East. The cooks of the past were real artists who cared about the concept and content, as well as the sophisticated form of every dish.

The Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów organizes the celebrated programme “Garden-Kitchen-Table,” whose main purpose is to create and popularize ancient cuisine, the tradition and customs related to it, and to disprove at times very unflattering stereotypes.

Our chefs and specialists carry out numerous culinary workshops for children, adolescents, and adults, during which our guests prepare the dishes by themselves and interpret recipes from the oldest Polish cookbooks published by the Museum in the series Monumenta Poloniae Culinaria. These publications are an endless inspiration and the main source for the entire programme.
The re-enactment of culinary heritage is a quite demanding and responsible task. On the one hand, the dish should be reproduced with precision in strict accordance with the recipe. On the other hand, we have to adapt to the demands and habits of the visitors. To meet the various tastes and expectations of our customers, we also offer unique historical culinary re-enactment demonstrations, which offer an opportunity to study our history and culture from an unusual perspective. During the demonstrations, participants learn and explore Old Polish flavours and unexpected, sometimes even almost forgotten, ingredients.

Workshops for children and adolescents “In the traditional Polish kitchen”

Cooking is an art in which inspiration, imagination, and creativity are crucial. It is also a craft that can be learned. Taking part in our culinary classes may be a perfect start of a real culinary adventure!

Under the supervision of a professional chef and his assistants, pupils prepare dishes according to 17th-century recipes. During the preparation, certain uncommon ingredients and flavours are presented and used. This can be a great opportunity to learn about the traditions, customs, and rare products. The perfect ending is a common feast, during which the participants taste dishes inspired by Old Polish cuisine. We hope the workshops will release true culinary passion and fascination with history!

We also offer seasonal and occasional workshops dedicated to the themes of seasons or religious holidays. For further information please contact: pszulist[at]muzeum-wilanow.pl. Price: 10 PLN/per child + 300 PLN (theme ticket for the whole group).

Workshops for adults

Since when is cooking only fun for children? Nothing could be further from the truth! Take part in our culinary workshops for adult visitors – a great adventure and an opportunity of becoming an artist in the kitchen.

We also offer seasonal and occasional workshops dedicated to the themes of seasons or religious holidays. For further information please contact: pszulist[at]muzeum-wilanow.pl. Tickets: full: 80 PLN; reduced: 50 PLN.

More information: pszulist[at]muzeum-wilanow.pl

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