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Estonian food, culture and tourism promoted in China

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shangrila chinaworldsummitwingChinese people will learn more about the Estonian food, culture and tourism as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ China World Summit Wing, Beijing, together with the Embassy of Estonia in Beijing organizes “A Taste Of Estonia - Nordic With A Twist” – a weeklong series of events in China’s capital city from 25 April to 1 May 2016.

The week will be a celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between Estonia and China.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, the Ministry of Culture of Estonia and Enterprise Estonia (EAS), the hotel and the embassy will hold various activities within the hotel grounds and beyond. The principal objective of the week is to introduce Estonian culture and strengthen the knowledge of the Northern European nation in China through the promotion of culinary traditions, food and beverage, tourism and cultural treasures, including music, art and design.

Discerning gourmands will be in for a rare dining experience at Grill 79 with lunch and dinner menus by the renowned Estonian Chef Inga Paenurm from 25 to 30 April 2016, as well as brunch on 1 May 2016. With more than 20 years of culinary experience, Chef Inga was notably the head chef in the Office of the Estonian President from 2010 to 2014. She is currently the head chef and owner of Markofka Toidutuba restaurant, and continues to travel worldwide to advocate Estonian cuisine.

Estonian cuisine is strongly influenced by nature’s four seasons and can be characterized by its simplicity and closeness to nature and the wild.

Guests can enjoy truly Estonian dishes, including Cream of Potato with Smoked Wild Boar and Pea Salad, as well as Cured Venison Fillet with Matured Cheese.

For cocktail lovers, Atmosphere bar at level 80 will host two Estonian bartenders, Kristo Tomingas and Silvester Harineem, throughout the week. The owner and manager of the largest cocktail bar in Estonia, Butterfly Lounge, Kristo is also a winner of several local and international competitions, including the 2013 World Championship and 2015 Estonian Championship. Award-winning Silvester is the head bartender at Butterfly Lounge and is armed with bar experience in both Estonia and Australia.

On Thursday, 28 April 2016, the Embassy of Estonia will hold a business promotion event to introduce Estonian food and beverage products, bringing the true taste of Estonia’s pure and natural products to Beijing through the help of Chef Inga and Barman Kristo.

Companies featuring their products include Artisan Honey, producer of wild organic honey; Chaga, which brings wild berries from Estonian forests; natural juice producers Rõngu and Auxner; vintage cider from Jaanihanso; traditional Estonian spirits from Liviko; and the most famous of Estonia’s beer and cider producers, Saku. In addition, Pagariposid will introduce traditional Estonian bakery that melts in the mouth, while Värska Vesi refreshes guests with its pure, naturally distilled Estonian mineral water.

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