Traditional Tea Ceremony with Samovar and Russian Appetizers (pirogkis, blinis, pryaniks)
The samovar was an indispensable item in every household of the country, from humble families to the upper-class, before the revolution. Tea ceremonies with a samovar where water was brewed with the help of heated charcoal were accompanied by small plates with traditional Russian snacks and sweets that all guests could try while enjoying talking with their hosts. A variety of teas are used for these ceremonies, including some local herbs, such as ivan chai, that was even exported to the British Empire and other European countries in the past. Tea ceremonies were usually held in backyard gardens of summer houses in the warm season and for colder months samovars with water were first heated outside and then taken inside the house. Samovars themselves were state of the art pieces and one look at them was enough to judge on a social position and income of their owner. We invite you to enjoy the traditional tea ceremony with delicious snacks and get to know more about incredible samovars with us!