Tobolsk prison bread snacks win prize
Sukhari, a type of Russian bread snacks made by a teahouse in the Tobolsk Historical and Architectural Museum-Preserve have taken second place in the “Gastronomic Souvenir” category of the Russian “Tourist Souvenir” contest (in Russian).
The teahouse, Po Krugu, is located in a former prison that once held such illustrious convicts as Russian writers Nikolai Chernyshevsky and Vladimir Korolenko.
Three other products (in Russian) from the Tobolsk museum participated in the competition in the “Museum Souvenir” category: a sculpture of Konek-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse); a pillow featuring Mendeleev’s Periodic Table; and a mug with the image of the Tobolsk Penitentiary.
The grand prize in the “Gastronomic Souvenir” category went to the range of delicacies on offer at the restaurant Nashe Rodnoe (Our Birthplace) in Michurinsk in the Tambov Region. Two dishes shared first place: Father Frost sweets from Velikiy Ustyug and ‘Posylka ot pasechkina’ (Package from a beekeeper) chak-chak from Yunga in the Republic of Udmutria. [Ed: chak-chak, a traditional dish from Tatarstan, consists of deep-fried dough pieces covered in honey].