Borscht is expected to be the most popular food item sold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images | Melanie Acevedo/Getty Images)
Sure, there may be some athletes competing in the Olympics next month. But what we're really interested in is what they'll be eating. The menu has to meet the nutritional needs of the athletes while satisfying the palates each ethnicity, but, it's also an opportunity to try some Russian specialties.
"Borscht is just one of the examples of Russian dishes that will be served in the Olympic park," said Maria Losyukova, a Sochi spokeswoman. "Guests and participants will be able to sample other classic dishes such as pelmeni and shashlyk. There will also be a wide variety of Russian traditional hot pastries, cakes and traditional tea from a samovar together with blini."
If that was gibberish to you, check out our handy Russian dish definitions, along with a detailed look at what exactly goes into feeding the Olympics below.
By the numbers:
2,100,000: Servings of food for volunteers
70,000: Gallons of borscht expected to be prepared and served during the games
40,000: Total area of catering outlets, in meters squared
30,000: Seating area capacity
8,000: Number of chefs, sous-chefs, cooks, waiters, bartenders and cashiers working the games
7,500: Tons of food prepared and consumed during the Games
2,000: Unique dishes for the athletes
1,000: Catering points
15: Average price, in dollars, of lunch for one at the Olympic Park
By the dish:
Blini: Thin Russian pancakes, similar to crepes
Borscht: Beet soup
Pelmeni: Russian dumplings, usually filled with minced meat, fish or mushrooms
Samovar: A heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water for tea