We are fine food aficionados. 1000 Lakes offers regional delicacies from Mazury and Podlasie. By choosing our products, you participate in the preservation of our local culinary heritage and help local food artisans to thrive.
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Each 1000 Lakes product is a part of north-eastern Poland’s culinary culture. Throughout the centuries, the cuisines of Russians, Germans, Poles, Lithuanians, peasants and the royal courts have influenced the final form of the local food. Discovering the tastes of our regional delicacies is a moment of excitement and inspiration. To ensure our delicacies are safe for children and pregnant women to consume, we use only bisphenol-A free packaging materials.
1000 years, 1 heritage, 100% devotion
We’re preserving the culinary heritage of the north-eastern regions from fading into oblivion. In Poland, regional products are perceived as something old-fashioned, meanwhile in Germany or Italy they are synonymous with the nation’s spirit. In the past 30 years, local cuisine is seemingly losing its glamor in Poland – for us, fine food lovers, this is a heart-breaking tendency to observe.
After the Second World War, from the terrains of north-eastern Poland – especially from Mazury – a large number of the local population was resettled to Germany. With their migration, memories of regional cuisine were gone. Our products remind us that north-eastern Poland is not just a seasonal holiday destination, or merely a transit zone to Eastern Europe, but it also offers unique food, which is an inseparable part of Mazury and Podlasie’s thousand year heritage. We are on our steadfast path to bring a rebirth to the regional delicacies.
The products that you find under our brand are made from natural ingredients, with a low salt and sugar content, tasty and nutritious. We respect food and deeply believe that proper eating habits make a big impact on everybody's well-being. 1000 Lakes products are meant for daily consumption and as a gift for celebrating special moments.
What products does 1000 Lakes provide?
Regional food products, such as: honeys, kvas, cheeses, cakes, mushrooms etc. New products are gradually being introduced. Every product has its roots in the legends, traditions and old cook books; to create a new product, a large amount of time and energy is spent on conducting interviews with dieticians and historians, we visit museums, study old recipes and clinical study reports, talk to locals and spend lots of time with designers who prepare captivating packaging.
By choosing our products, you participate in creating a good reputation for Polish regional food products, the money goes to Polish food artisans and you purchase healthy products for yourself and your family – and this is why: our products are made in Poland, using local, natural and wholesome ingredients. We do not use semi-prepared products, concentrates or any synthetic flavor enhancers. We supply diplomatic posts and government institutions in Poland with gifts, which helps increase the credibility of the quality of Polish food products.
Mazury - The land of thousand lakes
The brand 1000 Lakes draws inspiration from Mazury – a geographical region in Poland, called “The Land of a Thousand Lakes” by its inhabitants. Thousands of pristine lakes stretch across a verdant landscape on a surface that is only half the size of the Netherlands. This unique topography was formed after the last ice age 15,000 years ago, when the last of the glaciers melted completely. Located in the northern Poland, the winter temperatures are the lowest in the country. The idyllic landscapes are made up of 30% forests, 7% lakes and 50% agricultural lands; heavy industry is not present and the region is inhabited by just 1.3 million people. All of these factors work in favor of organic farming activity.
Why do you use so much blue?
Prussian blue is our flagship color. It symbolizes Masurian folk art, Masurian lakes and naturalness of our food products. It is a color of sophistication and nature. Prussian blue was discovered around 1704 in Germany, it was a popular color among Prussian aristocracy and the standard color of the Prussian army uniform. It was used on masterpieces by Hokusai, Monet and Picasso. By the end of 18th century, it was popularized in Mazury by the Germans.
Two words about the founder
My name is Anthony, I’m of Chinese descent born in Poland. I am the founder of 1000 Lakes. Before that happened, I worked as a tour guide for 7 years – I travelled across all of Central Europe with tourists from China. Due to my profession, I read a lot about Polish food culture. I was particularly fascinated with the regional products of Mazury – I like them for their uniqueness, they have soul. Whenever I was en route to Lithuania with Chinese tourists, every time we traveled through Mazury, I would let them try local honeys, Korycinski cheese, dry cured Dylewska ham, sękacz and they all praised the flavors. Despite having such interesting stories and marvelous tastes, the popularity of these products in Poland is comparatively low, which always made me wonder why. I wanted to share my enthusiasm for the Masurian cuisine, that is why I made my decision to start 1000 Lakes, in order to promote and restore the popularity of north-eastern Poland’s food culture.