Street performances, full concerts, and sponsored booths immerse visitors in Russian culture and the festive atmosphere of Olympic Park. Alongside the shows and shopping are vendors selling a range of food.
There’s one problem, however. The food, according to some visitors who ate it, is sub-par when compared to the other attractions on offer.
Not a New York slice
Brandon Williams, a New York native, bought a four-cheese pizza and wasn’t impressed by the quality.
“I’d say it’s equivalent of something I’d eat out of my microwave in college,” said Williams.
He later explained that though the pizza was nowhere near in comparison to pizza from New York, it sufficed considering visitors cannot leave the park to get food and go back using the same pass.
Williams’ Food Rating: OO( / OOOOO (2.5 Olympic rings out of 5)
An oil-topped potato?
Amber O’Neill, a native of Vancouver, ate a baked potato and said she wouldn’t bother eating it again. O’Neill’s potato was covered in oil and dill with a dash of garlic on it.
“I was a little confused as to why they put oil on the potato, but it was eatable,” said O’Neill.
O’Neill’s main problem was the toppings. With different toppings, the potato could have been more enjoyable.
O’Neill’s Food Rating: OO / OOOOO (2 rings out of 5)
Not representative, says a local
Leedry, a native of Penza, Russia, said he strongly disliked the food.
“In Russia, we don’t eat this. This food has no taste. We can only buy hotdogs, pancakes, donuts … This food is not us. We want to see Russian food,” said Leedry.
He wished he had seen food like borscht and other dishes traditional to Russia.
Leedry’s Food Rating: OOO / OOOOO (3 rings out of 5)
BSU at the Games is a freelance news agency operated by 22 student journalists reporting from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games through an immersive-learning program at Ball State University.