The famous food festivals are held from the first days of September and lasts until early November, when the wine comes to the scene and St. Martin's festivities.
Days of truffle and brandy in Istria
It is said that no gourmet in the world should be proud of that name, if he has never tried truffle, gourmet gem that grows under ground of the largest Croatian peninsula. Truffle Days in northern Istria start in September and then, various fairs, festivals and exhibitions of this precious fungus are organized during the next three months.
In the town of truffles, Livade, October and November are reserved for Tuberfest, a festival at which, besides evaluation and search for the largest truffle, auction is organized for truffles and tasting of it in more than a hundred ways.
In the nearby small city of Hum, the truffle is very appreciated and also the local brandy for which they organize special festivity. After selecting the best among various brandies, tasting begins for a wider audience and the music and entertaining program with offer of local gastronomic specialties.
Since Istrians are also known for fish, Savudrija and Novigrad organize the so-called 'Golden sole', dedicated to that kind of fish. During October and November, when this fish is of best quality, you can eat specialties made of sole at bargain prices at many restaurants involved in this event.
Figs and olives on the island of Krk
On the first weekend in September, the island of Krk celebrates fig tree, fruit which has nourished people in the Mediterranean for centuries, resisted the harsh natural conditions, and sweetened the palates in the finest delicacies and beverages.This delicious fruit is unfairly pushed into the shadows, especially when it comes to domestic fig.
Through three days of fig festivity, you will be able to taste the fresh or dried fruits, jams, spirits, liqueurs, desserts, and restaurants serve imaginative dishes made of figs.
In early October, on the south side of the island, in Punat, Days of Olives are celebrated with the main task of the promotion of olive and olive oil as an indigenous product.
In the past two decades, people of Punat restored numerous abandoned old olive groves and planted many new, and Punat became known outside the Croatian borders for quality olive oil. For those interested in olives, this is a great opportunity to pick olives and be part of the island's everyday life.
Pumpkins and cheese in the continent
In October, Ivanic Grad organizes 'Bucijada' - celebration in honor of the pumpkin and its products, which are represented by producers from Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and other neighboring countries.
During 'Bucijada' restaurants offer special dishes made of pumpkin, and gardens and shop windows are decorated with various kinds of this plant. The biggest, smallest and most original pumpkin are chosen, best decorated stall, the best savory and sweet pumpkin as well as other dishes made of it. For this occasion, a special tourist-excursion train 'Bucko Express' will take you to Ivanic Grad.
In the city of cheese, Bjelovar, Days of cheese are celebrated every October, when leading Croatian dairy industries offer their products but also small producers and family farms.
Besides the cheese, you can see and taste other eco-homemade products made according to traditional recipes, very interesting handicrafts and interesting souvenirs that are based on items made in the traditional way.
Sweet chestnuts, mushrooms, corn and potatoes
List of autumn food festivals wouldn't be complete without Lovran Marunada, which prominent British newspaper Guardian ranked among the top ten autumn gastronomic festivities last year, along with the celebrations in honor of the Basque chili, hazelnut in Sardinia, fruit in Norway or olive in Spain.
The celebration in honor of one of the best types of chestnuts in Europe traditionally begins in mid-October in Lovran since 1973. Durong following weekends, celebration continues in the nearby villages, Liganj and Dobrec.
With roasted chestnuts and Medica (homemade honey brandy) or a new wine, different cakes and desserts are made of chestnut, and restaurants offer original local dishes like chestnut soup, steak with chestnut sauce and pancakes in chestnut cream.
Nearby region of Gorski Kotar is also rich with chestnuts, but the most famous festivals are held in honor of mushrooms in Ravna Gora and in honor of the potato and corn in Lukovdol, where tastings and exhibitions of products prepared from quality highland crops are organized every September.
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