Over 100 agricultural markets have opened in Moscow, with sellers from 38 Russian regions offering everything from fruits and vegetables to craftworks and garden tools.
All these things promise to be cheaper than at regular markets or in shops, as there is no middleman between producer and purchaser.
Such events have recently become highly popular in the Russian capital. This past August, Afisha Food magazine organized a big food festival in Gorky Park that was deemed a huge success. Moscow’s top restaurants set up field kitchens, and chefs cooked and taught guests on the spot.
Another food festival, Slow Food Ulitka, took place October 1-2 and also received a strong response.
“There was demand, there was a response. People were asking about it,” the organizer of the Slow Food Ulitka festival, Victor Michaelson, told RT. “They are retreating from the fast life and the fast food lifestyle, and looking for more natural things.”
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin also decided to organize more outdoor markets, which are very popular with Muscovites. Unlike the regular “weekend markets,” these bazaars will open daily, and will be around until October 23.