Game of Thrones became really popular nowdays in Moscow, and I got really upset, that I’ve somehow missed the memo about public last episode watch at one of the open-air cinemas in Moscow park. I got super envious looking through instagram tag at everyone who was having fun and eating Jon Snow head shaped ice creams. WHAT.
So once I found out that there will be a Game of Thrones festival at Hermitage Garden in Moscow I got ready in no time! Me and my friend arrived around two hours after the festival was opened and I was quite surprised by the amount of people that showed up. And there were a lot of families with kids, but literally everyone was discussing the show, so no random people wandering.
However despite the hype around this event it was rather dull… The garden was too small, so it was a bit annoying to walk around, and it was hard to take a photo without someone’s feet or butt in a frame.
Tired and already annoyed cosplayers of Daenerys, Melisandre, Margaery and Jon Snow who desperately and without any success were searching for a calm place to crash and eat without someone trying to sneak a photo with them. Although I must say, it was just barely two hours since the festival had opened, so they expired and wore off their friendliness a bit too early.
And there was a long line for everything. Wanna take a photo with a huge black crow? Get in a line. Want to get some snacks from the Stark’s house? Get in a line. Wanna take a photo to sit on the Iron Throne? Get in a line. We asked people in front, how long have they been standing and they said, 2 hours… Needless to say, we gave up our chances!
Aside from that, there wasn’t much else to do. We shopped around for a little while more but no luck. We didn’t want to get a serious lunch, but all the pies and cookies were sold out already… We took some photos with carton stands of Tyrion and Jon, waved a plastic sword around and left to find something more exciting in another part of the city!
We later walked to the center and found ourselves at the ice cream festival. We wanted to try something really special, some unusual flavor and we came across the pop up shop of the “Chainaya Vysota” – Ice cream and tea house. They offer a wide variety of tea based ice creams and sorbets with Russia inspired flavors.
My choice was “Black on Black” – blueberry ice cream with basil and black pepper, and “Borodino” rye ice cream with herbs. Both were so unusual and delicious I almost bit my own tongue. And once they melted a bit and mixed…. WOW. We took the advertising booklet, that listed 132 different flavors, birch juice, tilia honey, rye and malt, rose, chestnuts etc… Definitely going to visit the original tea house to taste more of those!!!