Scientists from Uzhhorod National University took part in the international project KRA'GAS
Human beings are what they eat. The things they surround themselves with are a direct reflection of their inner world. Therefore, the study of food and material culture is singnificant not only from the academic but also from applied perspective and concerns each of us.
Scientists of Uzhhorod National University, Nadiya Keretsman, Natalia Todorova, Pavlo Lenyo, Yuriy Slavik and Volodymyr Hutsul, in cooperation with their colleagues from Babeș-Bolyai University and the University of Miskolc have been implementing an international research project “Gastronomy and related components of the cultural heritage of the Carpathian Euroregion", as part of the International Cross-Border Cooperation Programme HUSKROUA, for almost a year. The goal of the project is to study and promote traditional crafts and gastronomy in the Carpathian region. The creation of an international tourist route will be the outcome of the project. The route will cover three countries - Romania, Hungary and Ukraine, and include locations of traditional production. Tourists will be able not only to get acquainted with the technologies of manufacturing food, beverages, household items and pieces of art, but also will be able to buy them and support local producers with hryvnia, forint or lei.
At the moment, the project is at the stage of active field research. Every week, scientists travel to pre-determined locations to communicate with folk artists, interview them and promote their noble work. The collected material is carefully recorded and analyzed. The systematization of the collected material and the creation of an international tourist guide will be the next step.
These efforts are not in vain, because such activities will result in the support, primarily the financial one, of the traditional culture and attract investments in the tourism industry of the region.