During the Riga City Festival Latvia’s regions — Sēlija, Vidzeme and Kurzeme — will meet in Esplanāde Park. Visitors will be entertained by amateur collectives, meanwhile craftsmen and domestic producers will represent the creative diversity of their regions and extensive information on tourism and entertainment opportunities will be available to everyone interested.
Sēlija Region at Riga City Festival will be represented by seven municipalities that have united under the flag of Sēlija — Aknīste, Ilūkste, Jaunjelgava, Jēkabpils, Nereta, Sala and Viesīte. At the fair “Made in Sēlija” visitors will be able to buy bread, pastries, cream rolls, striezels and biscuits from “Dona” bakery, the freshest tomatoes and greens grown in Latvia from the vegetable grower “Rītausma”, café “Kalniņā” from Aknīste municipality will offer Sēlija’s traditional lunch dish — barley porridge with cream and pork and artist Maruta Vītoliņa will sell her painting, shawls, scarves and decors.
Old Hanseatic cities this year in Riga City Festival will be represented by Limbaži, Cēsis, Koknese, Kuldīga and Straupe. Artisans will conjure scenes from the everyday life of the old cities, gourmets will be able to enjoy cheeses from the shelves of “Ievas Siers”, products from bakery “Lielezers” in Limbaži, bread from Cēsis, ice-cream from “Gogelmogels” and various foods and treats prepared by local domestic producers. There will be music and dancing at the event directed by musicians from such Hanseatic cities as Koknese and Limbaži.
Kurzeme Region in Esplanāde Park will be represented by Liepāja City and its surrounding municipalities Visitors will have a chance to learn more not only about the recreational opportunities in Liepāja and its surroundings, but also about the origins of ancient Vikings in Grobiņa. “LavenderVilla” owners from Grobiņa municipality will show and tell us how to be in nature, in silence and peace and how to turn lavender into essential oils, toys and flavours. For gourmets’ enjoyment Pāvilosta municipality will offer to sample the taste of amber and sea, concluding the taste tour with a piece of the magnificent rye bread lovingly made by the owner of “Ievlejas”.
In the Jelgava Regional Tourism Centre’s tent visitors will be able to get acquainted with the tourism news of Jelgava city — audio guides with 25 exciting stories about the city in Latvian, English and Russian, information about the new tourist attractions — environmental object “The Wheel of Time 100”, Lookout Tower on the Palace Island, Langervaldes Forest, as well as the chance to visit the largest sand sculpture park in the Baltic States. Guests will be able to take pictures with a lady-in-waiting from Jelgava Palace and to sign their names in the list of courtiers.