The Czech Museum of Silver invites you on 21 – 22 June 2014 to the XXIII annual Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora historic festival. This annual historic festival is organised by the Silver Kutná Hora civic association in collaboration with the CMS. This grand festival will return Kutná Hora’s Royal upper town to the year 1414. More at www.stribreni.cz.
Come and look around and try for yourself these ancient crafts: spinning, weaving, leather imprinting, metal forging etc.
Further information at www.zlenice.cz.
The Strawberry festival (Jahodobraní), which is organised by the Benice baroque estate in the Benešov region, recalls the tradition of growing strawberries in Bohemia. The complete programme will revolve around this summer treat. It will include tastings of strawberry delicacies, and a varied programme for children. Any visitors bringing home-made products containing strawberries is in with the chance of winning some valuable prizes.
‘Not many people know that nearby Krňany is considered the cradle of strawberry growing in Bohemia. Strawberry growing became widespread in the region, and became an important income for the local population. Krňany’s coat of arms even has strawberries in it,’ says Tomáš Havelka, director of FAVORY Horses s.r.o., which runs the Benice estate. The strawberry festival, given the subtitle ‘a festival of strawberry flavours’ is planned to take place each year when these sweet fruits ripen.
What can visitors look forward to? Sales of fresh strawberries and plants, tastings of strawberry delicacies, strawberry recipes, talks on the history of strawberry growing in Bohemia, and other strawberry surprises. Strawberry dumplings with traditional curd cheese, for example, will be served. And kids will find much for them too, with street jesters, archery tests, shopkeeper songs with Václav Šmerák lyrics and pictures by artist, Magdalena Stářková Timplová, workshops and fairytales by Dokola theatre group.
Krňany strawberries and strawberry growing are well-known is specialist publications. Rudolf Strimpl, leaseholder of the St Vitus Chapter’s farm in nearby Teletín-Chlístov, was responsible for their promotion. In 1896, he had his friend in America send him his first field strawberry plant set. From there, the juicy red fruit spread to Bohemia and Moravia. In the Benešov region, and in Neveklov specifically, the growing of strawberries was an important source of income for the population. This was brought to an end with the forced expulsion of the local population in 1942 when an SS training ground was set up in the area. Although the growing of strawberries was renewed after liberation, there is currently no large grower here.
Contact for further information:
Tomáš Havelka, tel.: 724 054 267, e-mail: email@example.com