Restaurant managers are calling for an immediate decision on the resumption of the catering industry after the currentl lockdown ends, as well as for the provision of long-term state support, the Latvian Restaurant Association (LRB) said November 4, the LSM Latvian language service reports.
Food & drink
European Union statistics agency Eurostat has marked Halloween by publishing pumpkin data.
October and November is the time of the harvest of the most expensive spice in the world – saffron. This autumn, the first-ever harvest of saffron has also been gathered in Latvia, Priekuļi, Latvian Radio October 23.
The quest for Latvia's fattest pumpkin of the year has come to fruition: a 294-kilogram specimen grown by Irina Badovska was crowned at Maxima Latvia's specially organized squash championship.
The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has discovered an illegal food production plant in Bauska county Code parish, from which nearly two tonnes of unsanitary food products have been removed and destroyed, ReTV reported October 8.
September 9 saw famous Latvian confectionery brand 'Laima' opening a new production facility in Ādaži, just north of Rīga.
The international food fair Rīga Food 2021 began Wednesday, September 8, and will take place until Saturday, September 11, at the Ķīpsala Exhibition Center.
Despite its reputation as a cheap booze destination, the price of alcoholic drinks in Latvia is not as low as many people might imagine, when compared with other European countries.
With rain bringing out the first serious showing of mushrooms this year, medics are warning foragers to be sure of identifying their fungi accurately or risk potentially life-threatening consequences.
New figures about drinking habits and alcohol consumption suggest that very few Latvians drink on a daily basis and relatively few on a weekly basis. Instead we tend to favor a tipple once a month and even then it's not exactly a bacchanalian blow-out.
This year, due to dry and warm weather, there is a good harvest of watermelons and melons in Latvia. In recent years, there have also been more farms in Latvia that try to grow watermelons, Latvian Radio reported August 6.
If you're looking for a random fact to drop into your conversation next time you're down the pub, how about this one: last year, Latvian breweries produced more than 74 million liters of beer. To be precise, 74,546,098 liters, according to Eurostat data to mark International Beer Day on August 6 -- as if awareness of beer needed to be raised.
This year's ultra-hot summer has contributed to an unprecedented demand for ice cream. Interest in this product increased by up to 40%, Latvian Radio reported August 1.
People in the Baltic states, including Latvia, are much less likely to chug down sugar-sweetened drinks than those in other parts of Europe, according to newly published data from Eurostat.
Many crops are ready early this year, and a shortage of workforce inevitably leads to fruit and vegetable left rotting on the fields. In an attempt to minimise the damage, some farms are inviting people to self-harvest for their own consumption, Latvian Television reported July 18.