Those looking to experience the Old Estonia at its best should head to Old Võrumaa. While Võrumaa is perhaps most well known for its UNESCO-featured smoke sauna tradition and for its own distinctive dialect, locally grown culinary delights are not to be missed during your next trip over.
Old Võrumaa is evidently good at keeping old traditions alive and well, but traditions definitely don't mean stagnation. Estonian food culture, in general, is about mixing traditions with innovation. The wisdom of making food is passed on from generation to generation and children are included early in the process. Southern Estonian dishes, similarly to the Estonian cuisine in general, are simple and seasonal. So, while summer is a good time to indulge in all the fresh produce, it's also a time for making preserves that could be dried, soured, salted, smoked or juiced.