Letná Harvest Festival to Include Prague’s Largest Farmers Market Yet

Dožínky, a traditional Czech harvest celebration, is coming to Prague this year with a wealth of regional vendors and activities

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 23.08.2017 11:49:00 (updated on 23.08.2017) Reading time: 1 minute

The first ever Dožínky na Letné 2017 (Harvest Festival on Letná) kicks off September 8 and, according to organizers, it is shaping up to be one of the largest farmers markets the city has ever seen.

The program, released yesterday by the Ministry of Agriculture, lists an impressive line up of nearly 100 regional sellers from all over the Czech Republic for its late-summer market.

Vendors include Moravské dobroty, Farma rodiny Němcovy, and Takový makový, a company specializing in poppy-seed drinks.

An accompanying roster of events will take place at the National Museum of Agriculture and the National Technical Museum.

Letná Harvest Festival to Include Prague’s Largest Farmers Market Yet

Performances of folklore ensembles from the Czech Republic, museum tours, cooking shows, theater performances, and a fishing exhibit will celebrate the harvest season.

Entrance to both of the museums will be free during the market.

Dożynki is a Slavic harvest festival. In pre-Christian times the feast usually fell on the autumn equinox, in modern times it is typically celebrated on one of the Sundays following the end of the harvest.

Image: Traditional Czech harvest festival / Wikipedia Commons
Image: Traditional Czech harvest festival / Wikipedia Commons

To add to the festive atmosphere, The Tap Tap, Ewa Farna, and additional Czech bands will be on hand for open-air performances; a parade will also take place on the second day of the festival.

The event aims to present Czech agriculture, folklore, traditions, history, and the “everyday activities and fruits of our farmers’ labor.”

The regional market and festival will be held from September 8-9.

For more details see the Facebook event.

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