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Russia Christmas Fair Highlights American Holiday Treats

The United States pavilion at the St. Petersburg Christmas Fair showcased American holiday treats. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Moscow)

The United States pavilion at the St. Petersburg Christmas Fair showcased American holiday treats. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Moscow)

The Agricultural Trade Office in St. Petersburg, Russia joined U.S. cooperators and the U.S. Consulate to host the first-ever American pavilion at the St. Petersburg Christmas Fair, which runs from Dec. 21, 2011 to Jan. 14, 2012. The pavilion showcases American cuisine including New York cheesecakes, Kona coffee, California almonds and American holiday treats.

On Dec. 30 the fair hosted America Day, highlighting American history, the arts and agriculture. The day included music from a Native American band, contests about American history for kids, and an entertainment and educational program presented by the Washington Apple Commission and Pear Bureau Northwest. There, children learned about the variety of fruits grown in the United States.

Dating back to the middle centuries, the Christmas fair in Russia, locally known as “Yarmarka,” was the central marketplace for food and non-food goods and entertainment. Traditionally, Russians would purchase food and presents for the holidays at the Yarmarka and the fair served as a gathering point for holiday celebrations. The annual event is popular with citizens and tourists alike, attracting more than one million visitors over the winter holidays.

Visitors were able to purchase U.S. agricultural products including California almonds. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Moscow)

Visitors were able to purchase U.S. agricultural products including California almonds. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Moscow)

This year, the Yarmarka has a new international format highlighting the United States and other countries and their respective holiday traditions and national dishes. The American pavilion is serving visitors traditional barbecued pork, spicy chicken wings and hamburgers. Visitors are also able to purchase a variety of U.S. agricultural products including California almonds, pistachios, prunes and raisins. Through this event, the Agricultural Trade Office expects to generate positive impressions of American cuisine and educate Russian consumers about the wide array of American products available in Russia.

Currently, the American brand of agriculture is surging in popularity worldwide. Farm exports in fiscal year 2011 reached a record high of $137.4 billion—exceeding past highs by $22.5 billion—and supported 1.15 million jobs here at home. The agricultural trade surplus stands at a record $42.7 billion. Russia is currently the United States’ eighteenth leading agricultural export market.

Some of the top sellers at the booth included Kona coffee and hamburgers. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Moscow)

Some of the top sellers at the booth included Kona coffee and hamburgers. (Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Moscow)

3 Responses to “Russia Christmas Fair Highlights American Holiday Treats”

  1. Jhana Marquez says:

    It seems sad that the American dishes served consisted of hamburgers and pulled pork. Those aren’t the healthiest products I would want representing my country. Most countries are known for their fruits and vegetables. We’re known for our fatty meats and nuts. I’m glad strides are being made to change this perception.

  2. Gail Phillips says:

    Great article! Thank you for posting it.

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