Ukrainian food and traditions of its consumption in the context of the formation of national identity

At this special time, it is extremely necessary to pay special attention to the issues of preserving the elements of the intangible cultural heritage of Ukraine, helping the bearers of the elements, transferring the elements to the younger generation, and raising children’s respect for their history and traditions. Therefore, the Dnipropetrovsk National Historical Museum named after D.I. Yavornytskyi initiated a series of events aimed at studying and popularizing the Ukrainian elements of the ICH.

One of these events was the round table “Ukrainian food and traditions of its consumption in the context of the formation of national identity”, which was attended by experts from the NGO “Women plus”.

Ukrainian gastronomic heritage occupies a special place in the world. The inclusion of Ukrainian borscht in the list of ICH elements of the UNESCO is a direct testimony to this. Therefore, each region has its own highlights and peculiarities – both ceremonial and culinary. The cultural project “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast” launched by the regional council’s Humanitarian Affairs Department and the NGO “Women plus” in 2021 became a vivid example of the culinary diversity of the communities of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Among the speakers of the forum are Olena Brychenko, researcher of gastronomic culture, Kateryna Hryshchenko, PhD, senior employee of the Dnipropetrovsk Historical Museum named after D. Yavornytskyi, Anastasiia Posunko, researcher of the Dnipropetrovsk Historical Museum named after D. Yavornytskyi, Valeriia Lavrenko – Candidate of Sciences, Deputy Director for Scientific Work of the Dnipropetrovsk Historical Museum named after D. Yavornytskyi, Hanna Trebukh, custodian of funds, “Bashtan Museum of Local History” and others.

During the lively discussions, after watching the thematic presentations and videos, all those present came to a single opinion, which has already been voiced many times by various experts: for Ukrainians, cooking is, on the one hand, a vital necessity, and on the other, a creative meditative process.