Taste Latvian specialty 'sklandrausis' at Dundaga festival

After several years of silence, the Sklandrausis festival will return to Dundaga this weekend, TV9 Pakalni reported on July 21.

Sklandrausis, a sweet carrot and potato hand-pie on rye base, is one of the Latvian specialties guaranteed European Commision's protection in the European Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) list, along with rye bread, gray peas and eel lampreys. Not only is it a pleasure for tastebuds, but also a rich cultural offer, and important for the preservation of tradition and the multiplication of cultural and historical heritage.

Several years ago, at the first Sklandrausis festival, the treat disappeared rapidly – within an hour, so bakers in Dundaga and elsewhere are actively working to make the flavor adventure available to everyone on Saturday, July 23.

Baker Dace Savicka explained the process: “The bottom of rye flour, and then there's a layer of potatoes, I have a potato mass, and there's a layer of carrots at the top. Can't just have carrots and can't be mixed together. You can make such but it will no longer be the real sklandrausis."

The tasting of sklandrausis will be accompanied by festivities all day, with several exhibitions in the Dundaga palace, concerts, shows, workshops and parties.

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