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Pasta Festival in Ethnomir

The way to the pasta festival was not easy. First — by train from Kiev railway station to the city of Balabanovo, which is halfway from Moscow to Kaluga, then by bus to Borovsk. Finally, from there to the venue of the festival — the tourist center “Etnomir” — eight kilometers by taxi: we have not yet built a good road there, so all the advantages of the primer were provided to us.

Taxi by capital standards budget — 160 rubles, regardless of the number of passengers. “Ethnomir” (or “yurt camp”, as locals call it) appeared on the map of Russia relatively recently — in 2006.

Yurts and huts, yarangas and plagues — various types of traditional dwellings of the peoples of our country are built in an open field of open air.

It was here that the first in Russia took place on July 26-27. pasta festival. This event is significant in its own way: if, for other countries, gastronomic festivals are a usual thing, in Russia this is still a wonder. The main thing on the holiday was the opening monument to pasta.

After solemn speeches about the high sense of what is happening, the golden curtain hiding the monument was torn off, and a bright red column-macaroni appeared in front of us, as if made of plastic, topped with a “horn” with two heads (a boy and a girl?). Looking at each other, heads were chewing on both sides of a long spaghetti.

In a word, pasta unites the world. In Soviet times, something similar was put in parks and playgrounds. “In the open field,” against the background of the yurts, this monument looked very funny.

Yes, and the reason itself hardly suggested something serious and monumental.

Pyatyatnik liked the younger generation, adults enthusiastically photographed it from all sides, and two funny macaroni willingly posed against its background.

A macaroni creative competition organized by the Cloudvochert Club took place near one of the yurts: anyone could take part in creating a collective panel of shells, cones, spaghetti, huge canelloni, lasagna and other «materials» from durum wheat. They were painted with multi-colored paints and pasted on a large “canvas” of plywood.

If someone wanted to create his own composition, he had small frames, prints, brushes, paints and glue at his disposal — complete freedom for the realization of creative ideas!

Immediately on the open-air rack was an exhibition of «works of folk artists.»

I must say that very unusual works of art came out from under the masters’ hands: portraits, still lifes, landscapes: the Eiffel Tower, a country house by the river dear to the heart, an aquarium with fish.

Having looked at the passion with which the children started “macaroni painting”, we could not resist and contributed to the creation of a common panel, having laid out half of the letter “M” in the word “Macaroni” with “shells” and farfalle. It’s hard to imagine a pasta festival without treats.

And it, of course, consisted mainly of pasta: spaghetti with bolognese sauce, tagliatelle with chanterelles, in addition to this, you could take a salad, olives, and in Bavarian, good sausages and a glass of excellent Italian wine.

Their products were presented at the festival by the company “Lapasta Fresca”, which produces fresh pasta — still soft, not dried before cooking, with a short shelf life. Any Italian will say: the taste of this paste is softer, softer. Festival guests were given colorful balloons with the proud motto: “Pasta is fresh.”

Behind a neighboring stall, paying no attention to this slogan, representatives of Rollton were promoting their products.

Nearby you could taste the alpine unfiltered beer «Edelweiss». Beer, I must say, is excellent, it is a pity that we first ate sausages and only then wandered in for a tasting. Once in the «Ethnomir», we could not visit Russian Furnace Museum, which opened here six months ago — in December 2008.

The museum building is a grandiose furnace (11 m in height, the perimeter is 6 x 9 m), four times the size of an ordinary country oven.

The stove museum was built with the active support of the National League of Masters of the Kiln business and the Moscow guild of stove-makers (we have such organizations in our country!). Mikhail Mikhailovich Rudametkin, who was a miracle-stove, who came to Etnomir from the old Russian village of the Molokan Fioletovo Old Believers, located in mountainous Armenia (its inhabitants completely preserved the village mode of the beginning of the 19th century), put it in a special oven.

Inside the «furnace» can be accessed only with a guided tour (from 100 rubles).

She was held for us by one of the museum staff. The first floor, which is a «sub-stove» (storage space for stove utensils), has not yet been finished: the creation of an exposition is a matter of the near future.

Having climbed to the second floor, we got to the “hearth” — a flat platform in front of the “furnace” of the furnace, above which the pipe is located. Passing a rectangular entrance («mouth»), we were in the heart of the furnace — a vaulted «furnace» (cooking chamber).

The lights go out, the video projector turns on, and a fire is lit on the brickwork of the furnace — a fascinating sight!

When the light turned on again, we examined the only exhibit on the second floor — a tiled stove, such were installed in wealthy Russian homes.

The third floor is a bench.

In this case, Emeli’s favorite resting place has been turned into a viewing platform, from which the entire Etnomir is visible.

Around the «furnace» — ten Russian huts. Volga, Arkhangelsk, Siberian, Kuban — each imitates the wooden buildings of a certain region of our country.

Far from all are decorated from the inside: in some expositions are formed in one way or another connected with the Russian way of life or folk crafts, others are supposed to be given to tourists who miss the country life, and in the third they will open Russian restaurants. Do not ask what they will feed there — we do not know. Maybe, like everywhere pancakes from a Tefalev crepe maker

And maybe, in fact, the pies baked in the oven and the fried soup will be served? Text and photos: M. Banochka, M. Koreshkova

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