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Kalitka – the development of cross-border gastronomic tourism (KA4007)
Funded by Karelia CBC 2014-2020

Objective of the project

Developed cross-border gastronomic tourism for social and economic benefit of the territory by linking cross-border enterprises on the basis of cultural heritage in the national cuisine.

Main activities

• Study the project focus destination areas and identify the current state, barriers and opportunities of gastro-tourism in Finnish and Russian Karelia; • Increase the level of cooperation between tourist companies, restaurants, local producers, the administrations in the pilot areas for the formation of new tourist offerings in the field of gastronomic tourism on both sides of the border; • Increase the quality level of existing gastronomic services in the North Karelia and the Republic of Karelia; • Develop cross-border gastronomic tourist route, which will allow tourists to get acquainted with the peculiarities of the national cuisine on both sides of the border, to observe similarities and differences, see the local production and purchase environmentally friendly products; • Develop new promotion tools of gastronomic tourism in order to increase the number of visits; • Pilot new concept of «culinary studio» for capacity building of local entrepreneurs.


Basic information




2018-11-01 - 2020-10-31

Total Budget / Programme funding

671 193 € / 640 074 €

Lead partner

Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Lead partner web-site


Karelia University of Applied Sciences
North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium
Forgis Oy
OnegoTour, LLC
Karelia republican public organization “Art shater”
The Administration of Megrega village