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Non-traditional restaurants to be open across Slovakia

The Restaurant Day taking place on May 21 will offer various activities for visitors, including dishes cooked by refugees and desserts served by live books.

People queing for the vegan bakings of Kallion Herkut on the second Restaurant Day on August 21, 2011 in Helsinki Finland.(Source: Restaurant Day / Tuomas Sarparanta)

Slovakia will host the Restaurant Day again, offering a range of meals in non-traditional restaurants. The dishes will be served by refugees, homeless people, civil right activists and mentally-disabled people.

Together 11 organisations using the platform at the DobraKrajina.sk donation portal will open one-day pop-up restaurants and bistros, searching for new supporters. They will allow people to peep into their kitchen, taste the food and talk to cooks, and also help with voluntary contributions.

The organisations will open their restaurants in seven different places around Slovakia: Bratislava, Trenčín, Prešov, Kokava nad Rimavicou (Banská Bystrica Region), Malacky (Bratislava Region) and Vinodol (Nitra Region).

“The primary goal of Restaurant Day is about earning money,” Zuzana Schaleková of DobraKrajina.sk wrote in a press release. “The restaurants function on the basis of a voluntary contribution – pay as much you want.”

The Human Rights League will present dishes made by refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia as a part of The Fear of the Unknown exhibition in the Kunsthalle in Bratislava. The Vagus association’s Reštaurácia pod platanom (The Restaurant under the Plane Tree) will serve the well-known street food Pad Thai. 

Pancakes made in different ways will be prepared by the Človek v ohrození (People in Need) civic association who will add some “world-famous” ingredients, and the Prvá liga (First League) restaurant will be opened by the League Against Cancer. 

Moreover, the inhabitants of Trenčín will be able to enjoy a relaxed afternoon in Zátoka pokoja (the Bay of Peace) with a “beach menu”. People in the town of Malacky will have the opportunity to fill up on some vegetarian specialities from the Vstúpte (Enter) association. The inhabitants of Prešov will experience the taste of “the other” with the Návrat (Return) civic association.

The Liešnica educational bee hive in Kokava nad Rimavicou will offer the possibility to compare the flavour of food from crops pollinated by bees and those which have not. In the village of Vinodol, people will taste Slovakia’s national food, bryndzové halušky (a kind of gnocchi with sheep cheese), the press release reads.

There is also an accompanying programme prepared for visitors.

Restaurant Day originated in Helsinki, Finland, in 2011. Since then it has spread to 60 countries worldwide. Every year, thousands of one-day restaurants around the world join the event. A one-day pop-up restaurant can be opened by anyone. You just have to choose an interesting place and proudly offer some tasty food.



Unknown Tastes ‒ Refugees Cooking (Human Rights League)
Kunsthalle Bratislava, as a part of the “Fear of the Unknown” exhibition, Námestie SNP, Bratislava

Global Pancakes (People in Need)
Človek v ohrození, Baštová 5, Bratislava

A Raw Cookie with a Live Story (Amnesty International Slovakia)
Café Randevú, Jozefská 2987/17, Bratislava

A First-Class League (League against Cancer)
Liga proti rakovine, Brestová 6, Bratislava-Ružinov

Theatre Titbits (Stopy snov civic association)
Ticho a spol. Theatre, Školská 14, Bratislava

A Thai Restaurant Day under the Plane Tree (Vagus civic association)
Under the plane tree in the Domec project garden, Mýtna 33, Bratislava

Other places:

Trenčín: The OK Bay (Environmental Activities Centre)
Zátoka pokoja (Bay of Peace), next to the old road bridge in Trenčín

Prešov: Cook, Mug, Cook! (Návrat)
Svätoplukova Street, Prešov

Kokava nad Rimavicou: A Beekeeper’s Lunch (Včelí kRaj)
Liešnica educational beehouse, Kokava nad Rimavicou
Begins at 12:00 and ends depending on attendance

Malacky: Enter the World of Tastes (Vstúpte)
The park at Kláštorné námestie, downtown Malacky

Vinodol: ZOMOS Restaurant Vinodol (ZOMOS, o.z.)
Vinodol ‒ ZOMOS, Hlavná 249, Vinodol (the centre of the municipality)
Begins at 14:00 and ends depending on attendance

More info: www.restaurantday.org/en

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