The Těšín Silesia region can boast a distinctive folklore tradition – including its own unique Silesian dialect, a mixture of Polish, Czech and German elements that local people simply call po naszymu, meaning ‘our language’.
Visiting the region, you are sure to experience some of the traditional costumes, crafts and folk music that are so typical of Těšín Silesia. But for a true taste of local tradition, be sure to take in one of the many folklore festivals that showcase ‘Gorol’ culture – the Gorolski Święto, Silesian Days, and many more throughout the year. The region also has its own distinctive style of cooking, traditionally based on modest and cheap ingredients that were easily available. Soups have always been at the heart of the local cuisine, and sometimes a soup can be an entire meal – tasty, filling, and nourishing. Among the best-known soups of the region is kapušňunka, made with sauerkraut to which bacon rind or pig’s trotters might be added for extra richness. Meat was for special occasions, so it was treated with great care – often marinaded, cured, smoked or pickled. The Těšín Beskydy mountains were ideal terrain for sheep-farming, producing not only wool, but also cheeses and lamb or mutton. But most dishes were traditionally meat-free, with potatoes and cabbage dominating the local diet in various forms – for example a brutvaňok, a kind of bread made with a potato- based dough.