The Far East Street exhibition, which was organized by the Roscongress Foundation and the Office of the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, was a highlight of the Eastern Economic Forum cultural programme and has also become a platform for attracting investors and discussing projects. According to preliminary estimates, 48,000 people visited the exhibition, including more than 40,000 over the past two days.
The Roscongress Foundation said that 10,000 residents and guests of Vladivostok visited the exhibition on 7 September, including 3,000 people from such social categories as large families, retirees, veterans, and representatives of youth organizations. More than 31,000 people attended the exhibition on 8 September, when it became open to the general public.
«As per tradition, every region presented its compositions at the Far East Street. I would like to note that as an exhibition of regional opportunities, it took another step forward. It is a unique opportunity for the regions. It is difficult to imagine another platform for showcasing regions visited by so many countries, guests, and company heads. There isnt a single region in the Far East or even, perhaps, in all of Russia, with the exception of Moscow and St. Petersburg, with another opportunity like this. This is important and interesting,» Trutnev said.
Exhibition visitors were able to learn about the unique features, economic potential, tourist opportunities, and cultural traditions of the Far East. Regional products are particularly popular. This year it was presented in the Taiga Trades and Crafts Pavilion and in the fish market. A total of 18.5 tonnes of products were brought in, including berries, seafood, wild plants, honey, teas, canned food, mushrooms, and meat products. Each region brought its own iconic products and goods. For a Taiga Salad tasting session in the Taiga Trades and Crafts Pavilion, Khabarovsky Krai brought in 400 kg of bracken fern, enough to make 4,500 servings of the salad. More than 3,000 dishes and 1,500 servings of smoothies are prepared daily in the pavilion and in the fish market for sale and tasting sessions.
The regions demonstrated their culinary capabilities in their own pavilions as well. Approximately 1,300 servings of kvass and cold drinks and 700 servings of herbal tea and coffee were imbibed by visitors of the Primorye Territory pavilion eco-bar.
Young ballerinas also performed at the venue for EEF guests, and opera selections were performed. A craftsman from Chukotka brought approximately 30 unique handmade and hand-painted tambourines. 250 guests of the Magadan Region pavilion took part in a prospecting school. In total, they panned approximately one kilogram of gold, enough for a chain almost 120 meters long. During the first three days of the exhibition, Zabaikalsky Krai prepared more than 7,000 delicious portions of buuz (a traditional dish) and Zabaikalsky lamb dumplings for pavilion guests.
At the Sakhalin pavilion, 1,950 photograph postcards were taken against the background of the Sakhalin Region exposition and subsequently posted. Approximately 700 guests also tasted Sinegorsk therapeutic mineral water, and more than 800 visitors received jars of Sinegorsk therapeutic mud. In three days in the Khabarovsky Krai pavilion, visitors took 1,500 photographs in the interactive Fishing in Khabarovsky Krai photo zone and painted 450 military and civilian vessels in the interactive Shipbuilding zone.
Approximately 5 litres of red caviar were eaten in tasting sessions in the Kamchatka Region pavilion. The Amur Region pavilion sold 400 kg of honey, drank 180 litres of kvass, and brewed more than 1000 cups of coffee. Guests also ate more than a thousand servings of soy meat salad. Approximately 500 visitors to the Chukotka pavilion took part in a tambourine master class put on by Anatoly Omrynvat.