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"On the banks of the river of milk and jelly":   "Home Café Day" in the new Ropaži and Salaspils administrative districts on September 4

On September 4, "Home Café Days" will have a unified thematic concept that is organised by the new Ropaži Administrative District, which is made up of the former Ropaži, Garkalne and Stopiņi administrative districts.  This is being done in partnership with the Salaspils Administrative District.  Both are near Rīga and have borders with the southern and south-eastern borders of the capital city.  In historical terms, this has been an ancient land of Livs, but today the forests and meadows of the territory are places where natural goodies can be obtained and stored in granaries for people who live in the city.

The Leitmotif for these "Home Café Days" is "On the banks of the river of milk and jelly," thus symbolically and metaphorically marking the two rivers which flow through the administrative districts -- the Great Jugla and Small Jugla rivers.  They both flow toward Rīga and are a unifying element for the territories.  On the banks of the river, local residents, home producers, businesspeople and other interested parties will organise a feast for visitors.  This will create an opportunity to offer a small piece of the small Lilliput, with treats and goodies that have become part of the Latvian lexicology and the concept of "the banks of the river of milk and jelly."

21 cafés will welcome guests at the Ropaži and Salaspils administrative districts.

All events can be found under "Home Cafés" or on the "Map" (in Latvian). 

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The administrative districts are a tourist destination, offering a full range of leisure and entertainment activities near Rīga.  There are natural objects such as the Great Kangari hills, the Dole Island nature park, the National Botanical Garden, as well as cultural and historical monuments such as the Evangelical Lutheran churches of Ropaži and Garkalne, the Ropaži castle ruins, the Lante Estate, the Kangari train station and the Daugava Museum.  There are creative and informational tourism offers, including the Jaunsudrabiņš information trail and memorial room, the Krīvi granary, the House-builder workshop, "Sauleskalns," Dole teas, and the "Madze" ceramics workshop.  Fans of active tourism will enjoy the 333 sports complex, the Jugland paintball park, the Wakeline park, horseback riding and a shooting range.  There will also be farms to visit -- Mrs Vulfs, Salaspils blackberries, local stags, and a wide range of dining and accommodations.

► What are "Home Café Days"?
The yards of farms and other places that are not linked to dining and accommodations on a daily basis will turn into cafés for a day or two.  Guests will be able to taste local foods to learn new flavours, as well as to enjoy an interesting cultural programme.  Each farm has families and/or friends who will prepare a special offer -- flatbreads, cakes, casseroles etc. to be served with tea or coffee.  Each farm will present the name of its café, and the products will be served with characteristic cultural characteristic and stories.  There will also be various cultural activities such as handicrafts, games, playing of musical instruments, etc.
► "Home Café Days" all over Latvia this year, from July until October >>>

Please note: 

  • When planning your route, you must get in touch with the desired destinations in advance. Contact information can be found in the sections "Home Cafés" and "Map".
  • Make sure that you know the date and time when participants will be providing services.  Usually that will be between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, but some venues may have different opening times.
  • Make sure that you keep national epidemiological rules in mind to protect yourself, the people you are visiting, and other visitors, as well. For timely information about the epidemiological situation, please visit (the Latvian Sickness Prevention and Control Centre), or
  • The epidemiological situation may mean that there will be changes in the offers. Visit "Home Cafés" or "Map", to click on specific offers and see whether that is so.
  • At some of the "Home Cafés," payment will only be accepted in cash.

We hope all guests will experience truly exciting adventures of taste! 

"Home Café Days" in Latvia are organised by:


This project is part-financed by the European Union and European Regional Development Fund Central Baltic Programme
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