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Good Practices

Please note the following information is available in English only.
The toolkit of of good practices is one of the outcomes of the project ETNOFOLK that involved project partners from four countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia). The objective was to collect examples of good practices in preservation, promotion and utilisation of folk culture heritage. Browse the Good Practices below or read more about the toolkit.

  • Tradition of the “Millerʼs Wafers” (Molnárkalács) in Borsodnádasd
    Hungary | Food and Beverages, Rest Days and Celebrations, Food

    Making ‘miller’s wafers’ [molnárkalács] is a vibrant local tradition in the town of Borsodnádasd (in north-central Hungary). The development of the sweet wafer derives from the holy Eucharistic wafer in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

  • Easter in the Ski Resort Chopok South
    Slovakia | Easter, Food

    Employees of the restaurant at the ski lift annually prepare an Easter feast for visitors. The offer reflects regional culinary culture (lamb goulash, ham, eggs). In order to emphasise a festive Easter atmosphere, regional folk musical ensemble/ band plays local/ regional repertoire of songs. This small event is not a reconstruction of the folk version of the Easter holiday, but it reminds all visitors of the festivity and the significance of Easter traditions. At the same time it demonstrates identity and regional belonging of local organisers.

  • The Slovak and European Championship in Cooking and Eating Halušky, Turecká
    Slovakia | Food and Beverages, Pastry - other

    Halušky competition in Turecká is a part of a broader annual event called Fest Halušky Turecká which is a combination of a competition in cooking and eating traditional dish “halušky” with musical and dance performances on stage. The main attraction remains the competition in cooking and eating halušky which is considered the Slovak national dish. The competition promotes traditional culinary culture and supports its preservation.

  • Kranjska klobasa – The Kranjska Sausage
    Slovenia | Meat-based dishes - other

    Kranjska klobasa (Kranjska sausage) is a typical Slovenian meat product. This kind of sausage is mentioned in the beginning of the 19th century as the product of a butcher in Upper Carniola. Eventually it spread across all Slovenian territory. Recipes for preparing Kranjska sausage are well-known from the second part of the 19th century.

  • The Mohant Cheese
    Slovenia | Food and Beverages, Meal preparation

    The Mohant cheese is a traditional dairy product made in villages and on dairy mountain farms in Bohinj and its vicinity. Its distinctive, slightly tangy and bitter taste and a strong smell make it different from other cheeses produced in Slovenia.

  • The Frika festival: Competition in Cooking "Frika"
    Slovenia | Meal preparation

    The Frika festival is an annual event which happens every September since 2008. The idea for the festival originates in a proverb: "Each village has its own unique voice." And also Frika can be prepared in many different ways and has many different tastes (foresters’ frika, shepherds’ frika, wealthy people’s frika, etc.) even though the main ingredients are the same (locally produces fat, potato and cheese).

  • The Traditional Pottery Fair in Beroun
    Czech Republic | Clay-industry

    Beroun has a rich history in the development of ceramics. Archaeological excavations have revealed that unique ceramic forms have been produced here since the 14th century. The name of this type of ceramic product was „Beroun Ceramics“.

  • Beaded Christmas Ornaments
    Czech Republic | Glass-work

    With its production, the Rautis Company continues a long tradition of beaded Christmas ornaments in the region of Krkonoše (Giant Mountains). The company applies old technologies as well as forms for bead blowing. The ornaments are inspired mostly by old patterns and most of the work is done by hand.

  • Whetstone Making
    Czech Republic | Traditional crafts

    Jaroslav Sucháček with his craft significantly contributes to raising awareness of traditional handicraft production in the region of Moravian Wallachia. This region was characterized by a large amount of home-made products from natural materials, most of which have, together with the knowledge of traditional technologies , already disappeared. However, due to the bearers of the tradition, such as Mr Sucháček, some folk art remains still alive.

  • Straw Plaiting
    Czech Republic | Woodworking

    Miloslava Zatloukalová comes from a locality with a long local tradition of straw plaiting. Through her activity she contributes to the preservation of this traditional craft. Her work is based on traditional forms that were developed under the patronage of the Centre for Folk Art Manufacture (ÚLUV) and acquired a highly aesthetic appearance acceptable for present-day users.