ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The capital of Taimyr with a unique seaport is located 100 kilometers from Norilsk. The guests were given a tour about the city center, showed historical and ethnographic expositions of the Taimyr Museum of Local Lore.
The gastro-expedition participants learned about the culture of the indigenous peoples that inhabit the peninsula and saw the famous Sopkarga mammoth, also known as the mammoth Zhenya. It received the name in honor of the schoolboy Yevgeny Salinder, who in the summer of 2012 found the carcass of the animal that died 45 thousand years ago in Taimyr.
“Dudinka looks more romantic than Norilsk, because it is a port, and the whole city is dedicated to incredible port stories. For example, today we’ve learned that when the ice breaks, the Yenisey-father rushes through the port with its hummocks, there is practically nothing left there, and every year everything needs to be quickly restored. In general, the Arctic is a place of holy people, of course”, said photographer Sergey Shutov, sharing his impressions.
After the museum, the project participants went on boats to a sandy island on the Yenisey, 15 kilometers from Dudinka. There they had a picnic on the banks of the mighty Siberian river. Some even swam at a water temperature of only plus 14 degrees and were delighted with this adventure.
The picnic menu was provided by Moscow chefs – the chef of the Severyane and Zhirok restaurants Georgy Troyan and the chef and partner of the Deep Fried Friends restaurant Anton Kovalkov. They cooked porcini mushroom soup, mincemeat with tugunok fish, grilled eggplant caviar with sun-dried tomatoes, baked potatoes with pickled chir and venison shish kebab.
“Initially, we wanted only local products, and we understood that there would be camping conditions: a barbecue, a cauldron, cooking on a fire. We chose dishes based on these two factors”, Anton Kovalkov explained.
“Now, for sure, I want to come in winter at minus 60 and repeat all this”, said Georgy Troyan.
“I didn’t even think that it would be so tasty, because I hadn’t eaten dishes from chefs in field conditions before. This trip should be given a Michelin Star”, commented Sofia Brontvein, editor-in-chief of Forbes Life.
Local Taimyr products with their unique tastes and absolute environmental friendliness are not only of great gastronomic value, but also create a steady trend for Arctic cuisine. Thanks to gastro tourism, Taimyr is becoming a pole of attraction for world-class culinary authorities and all good cuisine connoisseurs.
This way of promoting the territory is one of the Taimyr Salt gastroexpedition tasks, which was organized by the Norilsk Development Agency with the Nornickel’s support.
Before Dudinka, the project participants visited the Putorana plateau, which is famous for its cascades of waterfalls and protected lakes.
Earlier, This Is Taimyr told about the first cross-country race in Taimyr at the foot of the Harayelah mountains: athletes from all over the country came to the extreme trail.
Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division’s press service