Ukrainian traditions are very interesting and have been supported through many generations although currently it seems to have lost some of the old colorful ceremonies.
Happily, today's young people are very interested in reviving the ancient costumes and traditions.
Increasingly, this revival sees the old traditions being celebrated during religious and traditional holidays.
You will experience the full flavor of Ukrainian traditions and customs if you witness a wedding in western Ukraine, make a trip on the holiday of Ivan Kupala (early July), during Easter, Pentecost, Christmas, St. Nicholas Day and many other holidays.
Meat is mostly pork and pig fat (bacon), beef and chicken. Widely used in Ukraine cuisine are the river fish, including carp, catfish and pike (baked and stuffed under sauce).
The most famous porridge is millet, pumpkin and buckwheat. In Transcarpathia region is the very tasty Banosh or Mamalyga, which is prepared with wheat, corn and other cereals, and served with sour cream, butter, cheese, fried onions or meat... cook to your taste!
Drinks include the very popular kvas, compote, uzvar, dairy-ryazhanka and Kislyak. Alcohol is usually home made vodka with different nastoykami, including honey, hrenovuha, kalganivka, pepper, different brandies and homemade wine
Honey and bee products are becoming increasingly popular.
Modern restaurants, cafes and kavyarni (coffee places) delight you with traditional Ukraine dishes as well as dishes of different countries and they will prepare dishes to your taste preferences. In the capital city of Kiev, the average check for the dinner will be 400-600UAH ($14-20 or more) per person, while coffee and tea ranges from 40-70 UAH ($1.50 - $2,5) in a cafe in the city center. Prices may vary from inexpensive cafes to chic restaurants.In small towns and in western Ukraine prices are much lower than in the center, south and east of the country.
We wish you a very tasty, interesting and exciting journey!