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Historic culinary re-enactment programme "A Place at the Royal Table"


A Place at the Royal Table - programme realised in frames of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 within the Network of European Royal Residences

It is with great enthusiasm that the Network of European Royal Residences welcomes the European Year of Cultural Heritage, an initiative of the European Parliament and the European Commission for 2018.

Aiming to raise awareness among future generations and improve education about European cultural heritage, its values and its protection, EYCH 2018 will also provide an opportunity to strengthen our collaboration, build trust, nurture relationships across national borders and create bridges between cultures. 21 members in 12 European countries already joined the initiative conceiving the project "A Place at the Royal Table".

Mission: "In 2018 we invite our visitors to share our heritage and cultivate the future. Through programs for our millions of visitors, we want to raise awareness for the culinary traditions in European Courts".


Food culture and culinary traditions in European Courts are an essential part of our European Heritage, both tangible and intangible. This highly topical subject is at the heart of our daily lives, bringing people together and creating close connections between cultures.

Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów runs a culinary reenactment programme from 2008. In the Baroque royal residence we recall and rediscover culinary traditions, and build educational programs around them, taking advantage of the widespread interest in food. In cooperation with academic researchers Museum published 7 eldest Polish cookbooks with recipes (17-18th c.) and more than 150 articles about royal cuisine and European culinary customs - click here.

In frames of "A Place at the Royal Table" programme we organized more than 200 workshops for school children (also for gastronomic schools’ students),  adults and families.

Three marking points highlighted the idea of our participation in European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 within the Network of European Royal Residences:

  • Culinary workshop "Find your Place at the Table of King Jan III Sobieski", mid-March, focused on Old-Polish recipes in contemporary practice and discovering ceremonial at the Polish royal table; 
  • An open-air event on 23th of June; a special culinary show entitled "Royal breakfast on the grass"
  • "The Power of Taste. Europe at the Royal Table", 5-6 October 2018. In a two-day international symposium various topics were explored and discussed among historians, food studies scholars, museum curators, chefs, representatives of institutions promoting traditional food, as well as among culinary journalists, food producers and other people interested in examining the cultural relevance of food, both in history and today.

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 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 is 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!

Workshops for adults

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

More information: pszulist[at]


Educational team

Paulina Szulist-Płuciniczak***Representative for Museum 22 5442 787(+48) 509 300 242Małgorzata Ziemińska***History-education programmes for organised groups and 22 5442 …

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A Place at the Royal Table | report from workshop

15 March 2018 brought Sokółka cooking school students to the royal table at the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów. That is how the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów welcomed the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and launched “A Place at the Royal Table” project co-created by 19 royal residencies in 11 European countries.


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