Romania - Local gastronomy and traditions, important tools for sustainable development in Transylvania
Local gastronomy and traditions,important tools for sustainabledevelopment in TransylvaniaSofia, Bulgaria, 27-28 May 2013
A few words about Fortified Churches …The fortified churches are a unique and interestingphenomenon. They are found in only a few locationsthroughout Europe, but Transylvania, once home to morethan 300 fortified Saxon churches, constitutes the mostsignificant collection.
- more than 13.000 visitors / year- development of promotional materials (maps, guides, flyers, brochures)- 24 mountain bikes available for rent- more than 1000 participants to cultural tours each year- first Geocaching Festival in Romania (2009)
Transylvanian BrunchStarting at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., every last Saturday of the month,from April to September, each yearWarning! The next slides will contain pictures with real tasty food.
Transylvanian BrunchEach event in different villages, special places
Transylvanian BrunchVoluntary work of the organizers
Transylvanian Brunch3 - 4 local families direct involvement5 - 10 families supplies local products
Transylvanian BrunchA fee of 10 Euro /person, 120 – 200 participants /event(20% foreign tourists)
Transylvanian BrunchLocal products, traditional recipes, natural beverages
Transylvanian BrunchCultural dessert, fair for handicrafts and local products
Transylvanian BrunchResults:more than 30 events and 3000 paying visitors since 2008
What do I need to succed?Hard work and enthusiasm!
Cultural routes in the Middle andLower Danube Region
Kraft – enabling TransylvanianSaxon artisansWhen Heritage meets Design5 selected artisans will run through a completeproduction cycle during a 4-day workshop at the GerendiHouse in Altana. They will be accompanied by• a designer (to suggest new designs with old craft)• a communication specialist (for branding,merchandising)• a visual artist (photography)• a restoration specialist (for the historical accuracy oftechniques used) and• a legal and online markets specialist (for connectingthem with new selling opportunities).
To set up new tile and brick kilns, using the expertiseof the few existing craftsmen with this knowledgeThe kiln will provide a new source of income to local people, and helppreserve the traditions of the unique village in which it is located.
- more than 55.000 visitors / year- development of promotional materials (maps, guides, flyers, brochures)- organizing 5 important cultural events each year
The Festival received in 2012 thecertification “Responsible Event”- less polluting ways of transportation- support the local products- reduce energy and water consumption- usage of recycled materials- infrastructure for selective waste collection- universal values and human rights standards- synergies between the organizers and local communities