Activities in Green Week (english version)

CRAFTS STAND AND LIDO CATERING STAND

In the Crafts Sector of Latvia's joint stand, every visitor will have an opportunity to participate in the process of creation of a handicraft work — weaving of linen canvas, carving of wooden spoons or wicker-work. Craftsmen will demonstrate their skills and share the achievements and works of other colleagues — Latvian mittens and socks, blankets, shawls, national costumes and other handiworks, which are typical for Latvia and are an integral part of our country.

In the very heart of the joint stand, LIDO bistro will allow visitors' heart and taste buds to feast, offering a possibility to buy and experience the taste of Latvia in all its glory! All the delicacies, which can be tasted in small amounts in other sections of the stand, will be prepared by LIDO just the way we do it in Latvia.

To make it a feast for both the belly and the heart, we will offer our visitors to enjoy the performances of the post-folk band Rikši every day — to sing along and to listen to the sounds of Latvian and Latgalian music. The entire collective of Latvia's joint stand workers might start signing as well — you may never know!

 

GARDEN AND APIARY STAND

The climate and geographical location of Latvia are particularly suitable for growing certain fruit plants and allow growing fruits, berries and vegetables, using significantly less pesticides in comparison to western and southern countries. The fruits growing in our broad fields have more vitamins than southern fruits, which, in turn, ensures a possibility of growing products of high quality and rich in vitamins. The high level of antioxidants in fruits and berries ensures their health benefits. Despite that the largest area is taken by apple gardens and currant plantations, highbush blueberries, large cranberries, quince and sea buckhorn are grown as well. Latvia has already become a cranberry state. Candied peels and syrups made from chokeberries, quince, blueberries, marsh cranberries and cultivated cranberries, pumpkins and sweet-briar are products rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which improve and strengthen health. Candied peels is a 100% natural and vitamin-rich product. It is a healthy substitute for sweets, which we produce from berries, fruits and vegetables grown in Latvia and which, thanks to its unique processing technology, preserves natural force and biologically active substances. Syrups, juices, candied peels and other products made from berries and fruits are offered by SIA Very Berry, SIA Rāmkalni Nordeco, Z/S Jāņkalni, SIA Shpats and sons, Snigol IK, IU Liepa, SIA Sortus S, SIA Kurzemnieku ražojumi, SIA Skrīveru saldumi, SIA Sviesta karamele, ZS Jaun-Ieviņas, SIA Mežrozītes.lv. The sweet and the healthy combined. Naturalness is our principal value. Thanks to unique processing technologies, the products preserve natural force and biologically active substances.

By using the methods of biological and integrated growing, the preservation of biodiversity is promoted and the quality of products is increased.

The clean nature of Latvia allows collecting valuable wild and cultivated teas, which are represented by ZS Jaunvītiņi and ZS Ragāres at the exhibition.

Despite that Latvia is traditionally not considered to be a grape-growing region, we hold the Guinness record for the world’s most northern open-air vineyard owned by SIA Abavas dārzi. We produce wine from other berries, flowers and fruits. Wineries SIA Cremon, SIA Vīndarītava and SIA Līgatnes vīna darītava also participate in the exhibition.

Latvians have long been able to use the natural force provided by trees and bowels of the earth. Every spring, birch-trees generously give their juice, which skilful farmers from SIA Sula are able to store and transform into unique products. Natural mineral waters Sigulda and Turaida offered by SIA Siguldas Minerālūdens have gained recognition with the Latvian Association of Diet Doctors.

The processing of vegetables is an important sector to preserve valuable products for winter. An integral part of the traditional Latvian cuisine is sauerkraut offered by SIA Dimdiņi. The company specialises in growing and processing cabbage. SIA Antek innovative recipes in garlic processing will make you eat garlic without even knowing. SIA EVI&JO carries out its production, based on classical values and traditional product preparation methods, which exclude the use E-additives — just vinegar and citric acid.

In Latvia, bee-keeping is an ancient occupation rich in traditions. Modern bee-keeping in Latvia is an independent agricultural production industry. Honey-bees Apis mellifera are one of the main plant pollinators; therefore, in parallel to the production of direct bee-keeping products, bee-keeping ensures pollination in crop field, as well as a plays crucial role in pollinating other flowering plants and maintaining eco-system in general. There is an opinion that every third morsel we eat is received thanks to the hard work of bees.

There are approximately 90 thousand swarms of bees in 4,000 apiaries registered in Latvia. According to the calculations performed by the Latvian Bee-keeping Association, approximately 4,500 bee-keepers are involved in the industry, of which over 3,000 persons are members of the Latvian Bee-keeping Association. In total, approximately 3.5 thousand tons of honey, pollen and bee bread are annually produced in the country.

The interest in bee-keeping continues to grow. The interest in mastering this profession is observed in both Latvia and other European countries. The public focuses on the fact that swarms of bees are killed because of pesticides used in agriculture and bees’ diseases. In many countries, the conditions of bee-yards worsen, since the area of single-crop fields increases. People’s interests in bee-keeping products and possibilities of receiving them in their own homesteads acts as a counterbalance, just as the growing interest of people in possibilities of living closer to nature, spending some of their free time outside cities. Undoubtedly, small-scale honey production in extensive apiaries is a rather profitable occupation, which requires no significant resources and capital investments; therefore, some new bee-keepers find the possibility of obtaining a qualitative product themselves in their homesteads attractive.

In parallel to the production of direct bee-keeping products, bee-keeping ensures pollination in crop field, as well as a plays crucial role in pollinating other flowering plants and maintaining eco-system in general. There is an opinion that every third morsel we eat is received thanks to the hard work of bees.

However, bee-keeping is not just an additional source of income; it is an independent branch of agriculture in Latvia; the growing number of bee-keepers wish to increase the number of bees in their apiaries and take their occupation to a professional level.

At the exhibition, bee-keepers will be represented by SIA Meduspils, SIA Itaka Stendes, ZS Vecmuižnieki, SIA Lūšu drava and Sandris Akmans.

 

MEADOW STAND

The MEADOW Stand offers different types of tasty dairy, meat and cereal products.

GREEN WEEK 2015 visitors will be able to taste and buy Latvian dairy products, as well as different types of cheese, milk candies Gotiņas and ice-cream. SIA Rozīne will offer home-made ice-cream of different flavours — one of the most interesting products is Refreshing Beer Ice-cream (Veldzējošais Alus saldējums) made from local Valmiermuižas beer. Different types of ice-cream will be offered by SIA Marrybella.

An unusual and unaccustomed product is goat cheese ice-cream produced by goat-keepers, using different fruit additives; IK Caprine will once again bring its own tasty ice-cream to the exhibition.

Trikāta Snowballs (Trikātas sniega bumbas) produced by Latvijas piens is the pride of local masters — exhibition visitors will have a chance to taste and buy this product along with many others. Trikāta Snowballs is a unique type of fresh cheese suitable for snacks and fresh salads. This cheese has creamy texture, which melts in your moth, pampering your taste buds with a gentle cheese flavour and diverse bouquet of flavours provided by the spices added to the cheese.

A/S Tukuma piens will offer biologically produced dairy products — different types of yoghurt, cream cheese, curd and cream. Ecological products (organic food), such as clean bounties of nature, the production of which is carefully controlled and certified, gain continue to gain trust among dairy products. It is forecast that the demand for products obtained directly from nature will increase even more in future. Therefore, Tukuma Piens has launched an ecological line of products started by Baltais Eko yoghurt. It is produced solely from ecological raw materials, the natural quality of which is ensured by biological farming: products are produced under completely natural conditions, using biological processes that occur in soil, plants and animals.

A/S Jaunpils pienotava will offer adult visitors to taste its invention — a liqueur-like beverage produced from Latvian milk, which the manufacturers have called Crazy Bull Milk (Trakā buļļa piens).

Different types of cheese found at the MEADOW Stand will be offered by such companies as A/S Jaunpils pienotava, z/s Muižgaļi, z/s Vecsiljāņi, A/S Limbažu siers, A/S Cesvaines piens, SIA Mālpils piensaimnieks, A/S Lazdonas piensaimnieks, A/S Smiltenes piens and SIA TopFood.

Little exhibition visitors will have a chance to enjoy different milk candies Īriss and Gotiņa — very sweet and popular candies, which have been supplemented with different seeds, fruits and flavours in course of time, whereas the milk and their sweetness are the proof of unvarying quality and taste.

At the exhibition, milk candies will be offered by several manufacturers, such as an agricultural cooperative Straupe, SIA Saldus pārtikas kombināts, SIA Skrīveru pārtikas kombināts, as well as z/s Virši, which will offer milk and hemp candies.

Likewise, the agricultural cooperative Straupe will offer cumin cheese, which is a must on the table of every Latvian during the celebration of Summer Solstice. A glass of foaming beer and a piece of cumin cheese, songs and dances next to a bonfire, spending the shortest night of the year with relatives, friends or neighbours, different nature rituals and romantic search for the mythical fern flower — this is what describes the most popular holiday in Latvia, which can be called both Līgo and Jāņi.

As a continuation for the story about Latvian traditions during the celebration of Summer Solstice, different kinds of beer and kvass will be offered at the exhibition. At the MEADOW Stand, you will be able to taste different kinds of beer offered by A/S Bauskas alus, SIA Zakši, A/S Piebalgas alus, A/S Agrofirma Tērvete and private brewery Brālis, as well as mead, kvass and health beverage offered by SIA ILGEZEEM.

In Latvian folk traditions, Christmas or Winter Solstice is the festival of fertility, hope and light. For Latvians, Christmas used to be the richest holiday of the year, when all the harvest gathered in autumn was served on the table. On Christmas evening, the festive table must have bread, so you never lack it next year. Traditional Christmas dishes are beans and peas. GREEN WEEK visitors will be offered dishes traditional for this Latvian holiday — both bread and peas. Peas will be offered by z/s Saktas. Every visitor will have a chance to see and touch Latvia rye — a raw material used to bake the true Latvian rye-bread. At the exhibition, the true Latvian rye-bread will be offered by several manufacturers, such as SIA Lāči, SIA Svētes maize, SIA Dona, SIA Bakerstreet and A/S Roga-Agro. YOU ARE WELCOME TO TASTE!

SIA SC Grand will offer smoked pork, beef and poultry products prepared according to different long-tried and tested recipes. According to ancient Latvian traditions, the company smokes meat, using alder wood. Every visitor, who likes meat, has to taste meat products offered by SIA Rēzeknes gaļas kombināts, since the recipes used to prepare these products are notable for their originality and are both found in the ancient hope chests of Latgalian farmers’ wives and created anew according to modern needs and demand. Meat products are made according to special technologies, using the best spices favoured across the world, as well as smoking and drying meat in natural environment — in alder and beech smoke. Rēzeknes Gaļas Kombināts strives to offer consumers eco-friendly, natural and healthy products, as well as provide good and qualitatively processed raw materials. Whereas, game meat products offered by SIA BalticWild embody unforgettable adventures, the best game preparation traditions and uncontrollably good taste.

Meat products will be also offered by SIA Saldus gaļas kombināts, SIA Putnu fabrika Ķekava, AS LIDO, SIA Alias Products, A/S Latgales Bekons and Latvian Association of Mutton Sheep Breeders. The range of products will be the most diverse — visitors will be able to taste rabbit meat, poultry, ostrich meat, veal, pork, mutton, beef and game meat products prepared according to different and special technologies.

The following companies will participate in the MEADOW Stand at the exhibition: SIA Viga-Re, which produces spices; A/S Vidzemes Maiznīca with cracknels; SIA Maiznīca Flora with biological oat cookies, which are particularly popular in Latvia; SIA Balttur-R, which manufactures tasty mayonnaise; SIA Antaris with confectionery products; SIA Felici, which produces muesli; different cereal products will be offered by A/S Balvu maiznieks; flax-seed and rapeseed products will be offered by SIA Iecavnieks&Co, SIA JoLive, SIA Perfecto, which specialise in fibre production, and SIA Transhemp, which grows hemp and produces hemp-seed oil.

The MEADOW Stand will also offer traditional sets of Latvian dishes (for instance, beer and cheese, peas and ryazhenka, bread and hemp butter) — SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY!
On 17 January, from 11:00 to 14:00, at the MEADOW Stand of Latvia’s joint stand, visitors will be invited by nine Member States of the Baltic Sea Culinary Road to taste the products, which are special, unique and simultaneously similar for the countries, the food products of which are grown, processed and prepared in the Baltic Sea countries!

 

TOURISM STAND

At the Tourism Stand, visitors will be able to get information about Latvian tourism, which will be offered by stand hosts — Association Lauku ceļotājs.

Latvia has strong folk traditions — we will demonstrate them, while baking gingerbread cookies and drawing ancient Latvian signs of protection, prosperity and fertility.

Latvians are “enjoyers” and they love chocolate. At the stand, we will treat visitors with tasty Laima chocolate sweets and they will have a chance to participate in a lottery to win chocolate massage in Jūrmala SPA Hotel.

The Tourism Stand will reflect the close link of Latvia with nature — visitors will be able to enjoy green teas gathered in Latvian meadows and mix their own, as well as taste the famous Rīga Black Balsam made from 24 herbs according to ancient recipes.

Latvijas Pasts, which will work at the stand, will offer visitors an opportunity to see the collection of stamps issued in Latvia, as well as to purchase and send a postcard with a special stamp issued specifically for the Green Week 2015 exhibition. Whereas, in the section of the Bank of Latvia, visitors will have a chance to see the most beautiful coins of Latvia and buy sets of Lat and current Euro coins.

Special activities have been prepared by the National Airline of Latvia Airbaltic; by participating in these activities, the lucky one will win air tickets to Riga.

 

FISH STAND

A wide variety of fish products is manufactured in Latvia, including frozen, salted and smoked fish, unsterilized canned products and delicatessen products, as well as sterilised canned products.
A Legend and Hallmark of Latvian Fisheries — Riga Gold Sprats

For more than a hundred years, Riga sprats in oil have rightfully taken their place on the menu not just in Latvia. They have gained recognition among the French and Chinese, not to mention the large Russia and its neighbouring countries, to which most of the sprats produced in Latvia are exported.

In Latvia, fishery traditions have been developing for several centuries. It became possible due to the geographical location of our country — 500 kilometre long coastal zone of the Baltic Sea. While men were at sea, their wives, who stayed at home, tried more and more new recipes endeavouring to make the catch even tastier. Thus, Latvia gradually became a country of production of fish products. The demand grew and small boats were gradually substituted by even greater fishing ships, while canned food companies started to appear along the shore.

The status of the oldest canned product belongs to sprats in oil. Documents found in archives show that the origin of this delicacy is to be sought for in the distant year of 1892, when the first canned food factory of Riga was opened on the shore of the Gulf of Riga, and, of course, it produced aromatic gold sprats.

Both then and now, this delicacy used to be produced according to a very simple, yet meticulously observed recipe. Moreover, it is one of the most natural and popular products known in over 40 countries, since the only raw materials are sprats, natural vegetable oil, salt, and different spices, for instance, lemon, pepper, or garlic; the smoke naturally obtained from Latvian alder wood is used in smoking of sprats and Baltic pilchards, thus creating the golden colour and taste typical only for Riga sprats.

Currently, the companies of the society “Riga sprats” export canned fish to over 40 countries.

The following fish processing companies will participate in the Green Week 2015 exhibition: SIA UNDA, SIA RĀNDA, SIA SABIEMDRĪBA IMS, AS BRĪVAIS VILNIS, SIA GAMMA-A, SIA LĪCIS-93, SIA KARAVELA, SIA VENTSPILS ZKK, SIA ZILĀ LAGŪNA, SIA KURZEME GB.

The companies will present their products and operate at the joint RIGA SPRATS Stand with over 70 types of products, including such popular products as Riga sprats, Sprats, Tsar’s sprats, Sprats in glass jars with a twist cap, as well as in a metal box with a transparent polymer cover, in a polymer box with a metal cover, canned salmon, pate and canned products from the Baltic Sea and ocean fish, fish delicatessens, fried lamprey. Canned fish and other fish products will be prepared by a professional cook for visitors to taste.

In total, 4 specialists from the Association and the companies will work at the exhibition and at the stand.

 

FOREST STAND

The Forest Stand offers different information and activities for both adult and small GW visitors. We invite to get acquainted with Latvia forest, using your sight, hearing, smell and touch!
Smaller children will be offered sports activities at the stand — riding wooden horses or a wooden scooter. In order for the children to be able to go in for one of the national sports of Latvia, a possibility to get acquainted with game rules and obtain primary skills at mini-novuss table will be ensured at the stand.

Games are a favourite activity for children of different age and adults. Wooden toys are designed for little children, since they are environment-friendly, safe and warm. Different wooden games are designed for developing different skills and learning for children and are often a challenge for adults in solving some logical task. Stand visitors will have a chance to try themselves in the construction of dollhouses and to make their own toy — dūceklītis (Latvian version of yo-yo) with the help of Rūķis.

Several activities are intended to feel and discover forests. By means of practical activities, visitors will have a chance to follow the growth of forest and assess the significance of forest in everyday life:

•    forest is the largest oxygen-producing factory — every family or visitor will have a chance to see for themselves, by sitting on a 3-metre long wooden log, which contains one ton of CO2;

•    at seed SPA, one will be able to feel the touch of seeds of different tree species and assess their differences;

•    taking photos next to a two-metre high green wall made of pines and fir-trees will allow finding out about the most common tree species of Latvia and feeling their smell;

•    by taking a barefoot walk along the path made of cones, barks, mints and pieces of wood, one will have a chance to feel the things we do not see in forest in our everyday life, while looking up at the tops of high trees;

•    a visit to a six-metre high wooden tower constructed from 4 different tree species will start a story about the use of wood and its significance in construction.

Visitors will be able to see for themselves that a tree is a modern material required in construction, inner finishing of buildings and furniture production on a daily basis, by visiting a manor-house and its receiving room at the adjacent stand or by watching children's activities, while sitting at wooden tables.

An interactive game “How fast does a forest grow in Latvia?” invites everyone to watch how much timber grows in Latvia in 5 hours, 1 day, 1 week and what can be built from it in Latvia.

In the section of Tērvete Natural Park, visitors will be able to get information about different recreation and tourism possibilities in state forests of Latvia. Little visitors will find out who Mammadaba is and how it will reveal you new paths, lakes, wooden towers, natural parks and other recreation places. Interested visitors will have access to information regarding forest management in Latvia and how the forest areas of Latvia have increased over time.

Adults and children are invited to get acquainted and enjoy the forest at the Forest Stand and find out more about the forestry in Latvia. Follow the times of different activities!