Some of the best (and most unusual) ones include: Humorina Festival: In Odessa, a simple practical joke is not a good enough way to commemorate April Fools Day.
Instead, the so-called Ukrainian capital of humour hosts a full day of amusing festivities including frivolous contests, theatrical performances and a colourful parade where anything goes – as long as it brings a smile to people’s faces.
You can still visit traditional folk villages where horse-drawn carriages outnumber cars, or join couples making wishes in the lusciously green Tunnel of Love (psst, they say your wishes come true if you’re really in love).
As the second largest country in the continent and the wedge between Russia and the rest of Europe, Ukraine is neither east nor west – it’s uniquely its own.
Dishes are mild but hearty, and tend to centre on grains, potatoes, cabbage, beets, mushrooms, pork and fish.
Russian, Polish, Austrian, Jewish and Hungarian influences have also notably impacted Ukrainian cuisine.
Cafeteria-style restaurants called stolova are a popular dining destination in Ukraine.
Russia’s enduring influence can be felt across the country.It can be eaten hot or cold, but is almost always served with a dollop of sour cream.Vegetarians take note: even ‘vegetarian’ versions are usually made with beef stock.Holubtsi (cabbage rolls): Take seasoned rice and meat, stew it in a tomato and sour cream sauce, then roll it in cabbage leaves to make this popular snack.Varenyky (perogis): These half-moon shaped dumplings can be filled with almost anything and are usually topped with sour cream, fried onions or honey.