Inese Sirava, acting director at the Tourism Development Agency, commented: "People have been working on the culinary heritage of Latgale for years now. Both local tourists, and especially foreigners, look for something authentic, characteristic of the given place only
Latgale offers tourists a great chance to acquaint themselves with delicatessen characteristic of the region, and I wish the region every success in continuing with these efforts."
Latgale Culinary Heritage Center, established at the initiative of Kraslava Tourism Information Center, maintains successful cooperation with local businessmen, develops gastronomic tourism routes, and popularizes local cuisine in Latvia and Europe.
The other participants singled out in the national round of the competition include Liepaja and its gastronomic tourism activities, Tukums, Dundaga, and Bauska.
It seems though that traditional cuisine isn't everything Latvia can offer. On Wednesday two Latvian restaurants - Valtera Restorāns and 3 Pavāru Restorāns - were recommended by the Huffington Post in an article titled '7 Foodie Restaurants in Eastern Europe'.
Author Janice S. Lintz noted the two eateries' low prices and creative approach, as well as their use of a large variety of local products.