Peipsi area is a pirozhki-lover's paradise. A large batch of pirozhki were traditionally baked for Saturday evenings, and then eaten over the course of several days. Meat pirozhki, cabbage pirozhki, carrot pirozhki, onion pirozhki... In order to get a taste of real onion pirozhki, go to Kostja onion farm where, in addition to delicious pirozhki, you will also be introduced to the specific features of local onion cultivation.
Estonia is a rapidly developing wine country. And it is no joke, because local crafters of home-made wines mix extremely exciting flavour combinations from berries, fruits, and even weeds.
Räpina Creative Centre has experimented with various wines for a few good years now, and their rowanberry wine is really nice. After all, rowans are considered a hometree in our culture and these are especially valued in Peipsi area. Therefore, rowanberry wine could even be a regarded as the signature wine of Peipsi area.
But where to eat once you have stocked up on cucumbers and fish? There are quite a few pleasant places to eat in Peipsi area that offer local flavours and something for everyone. It is definitely worth to visit Kivi tavern in Alatskivi, which attracts visitors with its romantic interior and tableware. And you would not get to taste pike cutlets or home-made preservatives prepared according to local recipes, a special passion of the lady of the house Aigne, anywhere else.
Where else to go?
Peipsi area is beautiful and has diverse nature and culture. Discover the ruins of medieval Vasknarva castle at Vasknarva village, you can dangle your feet over the boat dock and see the village life of another country across the river even without binoculars. The sandy beach starting from Kauksi attracts many locals as well as visitors from afar to the area every year. Kauksi holiday house offers genuine Peipsi cuisine by using traditional as well as modern recipes. You should definitely visit the Onion Route in August-September in order to get at least a braid of authentic Peipsi onion for the winter.