Route description

The “Baltic Way” route is in honour of a unique demonstration on August 23, 1989, when residents of the three Baltic States joined hands in a chain of participants that stretched along a nearly 600 km distance to link the three capital cities of Vilnius, Rīga and Tallinn. In historical terms, this route was used from the 14th or 15th century or even earlier than that.

Grain-based foods in this region have a long history. Tasty and yeasty rye bread is common, and in Vidzeme, try it with some hemp butter. Barley is used to bake buns and for porridges. Wheat is used to bake water pretzels with caraway seeds. Visit farms and restored windmills to track the route of grain. A special cheese is part of Summer Solstice celebrations, and on a daily basis you can enjoy other tasty cheeses made of cow and goat milk.

Various river and lake fishes are popular, as are local meat and fowl dishes and wild game with tasty sauces. A roast or a pot of soup cooked on a live campfire will have a lovely aroma, and it will be served with vegetables, greens, beans, peas and mushrooms. Wild plants such as sorrel, dandelion or young nettle leaves are added to soups and salads.

Treat yourself with fresh honey, bacon pies, sheet cakes, pastries, rye bread desserts, honey cakes and gingerbread. You will find simple and traditional dishes, romantic meals in castles and estates, as well as a special knighthood repast with spices typical in the age of the Livonian Order. Slake your thirst with herbal teas, birch juice, berry beverages, tasty beer or wine or a glass of something stronger.

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