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Fun and Fine Food
August 1, 2013   
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The 10th annual Try Fine Food Picnic was held in the gardens of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) June 15, drawing a respectable crowd of 18,000.

Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, each year the event draws a larger audience than the year before. The thousands of locals and tourists who attended this year’s picnic were able to try fine Polish farm produce and foodstuffs bearing the prestigious Poznaj Dobrą Żywność (Try Fine Food) label. Visitors had an opportunity to check out food produced in conformity with national quality systems, including traditional and regional foodstuffs and organic food.

Owners of rural tourism farms showcased their products and services and the day’s attractions also included an exhibition of historic farming machines and a mini zoo with farm animals.

Now in its tenth year, the Try Fine Food Picnic is an inseparable part of Warsaw’s summer buzz. Providing an excellent opportunity to promote Polish food, it also helps promote healthy living. Along with excellent weather and a record turnout, this year’s picnic was a success also in terms of the number of exhibitors. More than 100 food companies and producers came to Warsaw to show Polish food at its finest.

Strolling among the stalls with food, picnickers were able to both taste and buy Polish food of different kinds. As consumers, they were presented with a unique opportunity to talk to food producers who were keen to discuss ingredients, food production standards and where their regional products came from.

Food aside, the picnic was a fun-packed event for entire families, with music performances and a variety of activities for children and adults prepared by food producer organizations, including the Association of Butchers and Meat Producers, the Polish Ecology Association, and the Polish Chamber of Dairy Producers. There were also contests with prizes funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Healthy food and traditional food products were the leading theme. The youngest picnickers had their faces painted in colorful, folk patterns.

The beautiful weather made it the right day to learn about the benefits of spending vacations in the countryside. The Agricultural Market Agency presented a special program for schools entitled “Fruit in School” and the Polish Meat Association came to promote pork with the PQS quality mark.

A list of products with the Poznaj Dobrą Żywność label is available at:
www.minrol.gov.pl/pol/Jakosc-zywnosci/Poznaj-Dobra-Zywnosc/
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