Summer is Dacha season in Russia. Grilling, foraging and chilling is the name of the game for most Muscovites who trade in the muggy heat of the big city for the cool breeze of the Russian countryside.

As the temperatures climb in the highly polluted and populated cities, so does the desire to get away from it all.  Weekend getaways to the countryside — be it a dacha or any other nature destination — have become a cultural phenomenon in Russia.

But what exactly is a dacha?

For some dacha is a place.  A small cottage or summer house far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. For others dachas are an experience.  A picturesque image of country living and social status.  It’s quality time spent off the grid, and a throw-back to a simpler life.

Gardening and home repairs are undertaken in the Spring and typically complete by late May, just in time for friends and family to arrive. New flowers are planted, decks and docks are freshly painted, and hammocks are strewn between the birch trees.

It’s not uncommon to find blow-out sales on gardening and grilling supplies, deep discounts on patio furniture, and special offers for dacha food staples.  In Russia dacha season is advertised as much as Memorial Day or even 4th of July holidays in America.

At we’re celebrating dacha summer grilling season with an exclusive 20% discount on ALL grocery items.

>> Use coupon code picnic2016 at check-out. <<

That’s right, for three weeks, we’re running a super special promotion to jump-start your summer grilling, chilling and fun in the sun.

Check out our online grocery aisle for sauces and marinades, spices and seasonings, grains and pastas, snacks and refreshing summer beverages — all at 20% OFF.

So stock up on your pantry favorites for an unforgettable grilling and dacha season!

Top 10 Summer Grilling & Russian Dacha Staples.

  • Classic Tkemali Meat and Shashlik Sauce

  • Gourmet Hot Mustard

  • Homemade Adjika with pepper and garlic

  • Authentic Barberry Seasoning for beef and lamb

  • Chicken Seasoning with sweet red peppers, chili, curry, onion and garlic

  • Pickled Mixed Vegetables

  • Buckwheat Whole Grains

  • Roasted Sunflower Seeds “Babkini”

  • Kvass “Ochakovsky”

  • Classic Cranberry Mors

  • BONUS: Borgomi Mineral Water for possible hangovers

Happy shopping and don’t forget to use picnic2016 to SAVE 20% of your TOTAL summer grilling order!