A proposed new directive banning the sale of junk foods in schools has elicited strong protests from students and headmasters alike. The list of banned foods compiled by the Education Ministry got high praise from nutrition experts, but schools themselves say it is so strict it would leave school cafeterias selling nothing but apples and mineral water.
Jan Valenta and Zuzka Daňková run Taste of Prague, a food tour company taking visitors to some of the city’s best cafés and restaurants. The couple also have a very impressive Prague Food Blog offering insider tips on the most happening spots in the Czech capital. Our tour of “their Prague” begins at EMA espresso bar, a cool, modern café just across the street from Masarykovo nádraží train station in the downtown area.
Czech fashion designers from Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM), headed by curator Pavel Ivančic, won the main prize this week at London’s International Fashion Showcase. The event is part of London Fashion Week. The Czech installation, titled ‘Last Fata Morgana’ is the work of seven designers.
Hana Rawlings is a pastry chef and cake designer who picked up her skills after moving to Australia. Today she is settled back in Prague and her one-time hobby has become her livelihood, she has a food blog, teaches cake-decorating at workshops and writes for leading Czech food magazines. In this edition of Marketplace she talks about her passion and her plans.
The Czech Republic's biggest festival of country and folk music, Porta, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Established in 1967 by a group of music enthusiasts, the festival gradually evolved into one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, attracting some 30,000 visitors in its heydey. Many of the country’s respected musicians and bands, including Spirituál kvintet, Wabi Daněk or the Nedvěd brothers, started their careers there. Last week, Porta launched the first of a series of concerts marking its special anniversary.
The Education Ministry has completed a list of foods that will be banned in vending machines in schools. The list includes the typical junk-food items, foods high in sugar, energy drinks, caffeine but also dressings, mayo, mustard and ketchup which are traditionally used in sandwiches. The civic initiative For a Healthy School Environment has high praise for the proposal. A law banning unhealthy foods in schools went into effect late last year but has not been implemented in practice since there was no list specifying which foods were considered unhealthy. Schools will be given a period of grace in which to make the transition.
Average life expectancy for Czechs has this year risen to almost 76 years for men and 82 years for women, an increase of around seven months on the figures recorded in 2014, according to official government data published on Wednesday. The average Czech male is now living 4.2 years longer than in the year 2000 with his female equivalent now living 3.4 more years. The trend has been attributed to better healthcare, healthier lifestyles and an improved environment.
In this special Christmas programme on Radio Prague we are going to be looking at traditional Czech Christmas meals. Later on yours truly will be making his take on the classic Czech-style potato salad. But first, I am joined in the studio by Ladislav Provaan of the Gastronomy Museum, who is an expert in all things culinary.