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    Culinary Festival Offers Hope Amidst Challenges in the Gastronomy Sector

    The culinary industry is facing tough times. With the VAT on food increasing in April and electricity prices rising in July, the pressure on restaurateurs is mounting. Last year alone, about 2,000 dining establishments in Poland closed their doors, and those remaining are often struggling to survive. Effective promotion is crucial to attracting customers. In Tarnowskie Góry, the XVIII Silesian Flavors Culinary Festival is in full swing, with chefs delighting locals and discerning judges with their signature dishes.

    Gastronomy in Crisis

    The culinary sector is one of the hardest-hit by the economic downturn. Last year, over 2,000 restaurants closed in Poland, and studies show that over 40 percent of Poles sought savings in dining expenses. As a result, restaurateurs are going to great lengths to win the battle for customers, sometimes even taking their kitchens outside of their premises to engage more with the public.

    The “Silesian Flavors” Festival aims to promote regional cuisine and preserve its traditions. Featuring dishes like żur, rolada, and szpajza, both in traditional and modern interpretations, the event brings together amateurs, professionals, and culinary students. They compete for the coveted golden apron and the title of Silesian Flavors Expert, showcasing the rich culinary heritage of the region.

    A Taste of Tradition

    Events like the Silesian Flavors Festival provide a vital boost to the struggling gastronomy sector. By celebrating and innovating traditional recipes, these festivals help attract customers and support local businesses. It is through such community-centered initiatives that the culinary industry hopes to overcome current challenges and thrive once more.

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