Food and beverage tasting is great idea for a short break and relax during hectic business travel, curiosity and pleasure during tourist sightseeing schedule or true, professional and specialistic experience for gourmets. One is true for all such events, they give great pleasure to all the participants. Below you will find some of our most popular tasting experiences and how they look like. We hope you may get inspired to include such attractions to your Polish adventure.
We invite all our adult groups for meads tasting from historic restaurant collection. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, often with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content ranges from about 3.5% ABV to more than 20%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage's fermentable sugar is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. During degustation you will be able to try: NOBLE MEAD (Mead with aroma of multifloral honey. Matured for 3 years.), PRINCELY MEAD (Mead is an unusual combination of dark autumn honey and Polish herbs. Matured for 5 years.), „BISKUPI” MEAD (Fruity mead with addition of apple juice. Matured for 5 years.). All that can be enjoyed in a historical restaurant at the Main Market Square in Kraków.
“Nalewka” (tincture) is an alcoholic drink deeply rooted in Polish history. Tincture is similar to vodka, but it is not produced through alcohol distillation. Usually home- made, it is made from spirits that is poured over fruits, herbs, honey, flowers, nuts, roots or even porter beer! This abundance of recipes originates from Polish noble families, where tinctures were made by women for medical purposes. During the show tourists see this abundance of tastes. To engage guests, we stage a tasting contest. The teams need to guess the ingredient and alcohol content of 4 tinctures. The winners are the team with the most accurate answers. Naturally, the winners get also a liquid prize. Secret recipes, unique combinations passed on through generations – these are the stories hidden in our selected nalewka beverages. To make tasting experience as authentic as possible, the organizers have travelled to the production sites and personally spoke to the producers. They take guests on a similar journey with the photo slideshow. The event is best suited for foreign visitors wishing to experience local traditions. It is a perfect attraction for seated dinners and similar corporate events.
Polish vodka holds great mysteries and curiosities! Take an extraordinary journey with this iconic Polish product with ITS DMC Poland. Polish Vodka is famous for its outstanding taste, quality and diversity. It is worth highlighting that Polish Vodka has also been enlisted at prestigious European Protected Geographical Indication Product List. During the show visitors hear funny anecdotes about Polish vodka, information how it is made, how to serve it, how to pair it and finally how to drink it. It can be organized all over Poland. Still, we especially heartily advise to visit Polish Vodka Museum in Warsaw. It is located in the historic building of the rectification plant within the premises of the Koneser Praga Centre, at Konesera Square 1. Visitors learn here over 500 years of history of the most famous Polish alcohol, the evolution of its production technology, as well as traditions and customs associated with it. A guided tour takes approximately one hour. It starts in a cinema room, where a few minutes long film about the history of Polish vodkas, their production and export is shown. After visiting the cinema, five thematic galleries await visitors. The tour ends with a tasting of vodka. The ticket to the Polish Vodka Museum includes the care of a guide and tasting of 3 types of vodka.
It is possible in many breweries all over Poland . Still we believe two locations are particularly interesting: Tychy and Żywiec towns. Prince’s Tychy Brewery is a very interesting tourist spot. The brewery is located about 1:15 h drive from Kraków (about 85 km). Sightseeing takes about 2.5 h. During a tour with full of good humour guides, tourists get to know how beer is produced, learn abort the brewery history, watch 3D film, send postcards from the inside of a huge beer barrel, taste Tyskie beer and purchase beer bottles as souvenirs. There are also two special tour options: ecology trail and Silesia stories. The brewery tours are available to adult tourists. Visiting Tyskie Brewery is an amazing adventure, which can end at a visit in Tyskie Brewery Pub. The other brewery worth recommendation is Brewery Museum in Żywiec that is about 95 km from Kraków (2 h drive) and about 85 km from Katowice (1 h drive). Żywiec Brewery was established in 1856 and is one of the oldest companies of this type in Poland and definitely one of the most well-known. During museum visit tourists learn about beer history and its production. The exhibition is modern and interactive, you can touch almost anything that you find in this 1600 m2 area. The museum is open both for adults and children. Sightseeing of the museum with beer tasting (juice tasting for children) takes about 1.5 h, sightseeing of the museum and breweries takes about 2.5 h.
Last but not least, we invite all groups to the picturesque Kraków’s winery. The event takes 1.5-2 h and the winery accepts groups up to 50 people. A visit to Winnica Srebrna Góra is associated with visiting its area, combined with a lecture and tasting of 5 wines in the enotourism pavilion at the foot of winery. Srebrna Góra vineyard is located in Krakow, at the foot of the Camaldolese monastery in Bielany district. It is one of the largest vineyards in Poland, picturesquely located in the Vistula valley. It covers an area of 28 ha and consists of two parts located in Bielany and in nearby Przegorzały. The southern and south-western slopes of 15-20 degrees in the area guarantee perfect sunshine, and the Wolski Forest is also a natural cover for the grapes. The Srebrna Góra vineyard refers to the history of Kraków's wine growing and monastery tradition of wine production dating back to the early 10th century. Wines are made in the historic utility rooms of the Camaldolese monastery and are produced in modern stainless steel tanks, some ripen in contact with acacia or oak wood. The best well known plants here include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Regent, and Seyval Blanc. A visit in this magnificent, full of tradition place is a real touristic treat. It is worth to mention that grapes growing is gaining huge popularity in Poland and it is possible to organize such events practically in all parts of Poland.
Poland is truly famous for its alcohols, while some have a few ages of tradition, others like wines are fairly new. Still, all offered Polish alcohols aim the highest standards of alcohol production and taste and tasting events organized especially for foreign tourists are truly interesting and informative. If any of the above mentioned events caught your attention feel free to contact one of ITS DMC Poland professional trip advisors. They will be happy to assist you in planning, preparation and organization of your Polish gourmet events.
Author: Agnieszka Szwedzińska