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article imageFinal preparations underway for Hvar food festival in Belgrade

By Paul Bradbury     Jan 22, 2012 in Travel
The 8th gastronomic festival, Days of Hvar Cuisine, is due to open tomorrow in the Serbian capital as leading chefs from Croatia's premier island gather in Belgrade.
A distinctly Dalmatian flavour will be added to the Belgrade menu, with the opening of the 8th Days of Hvar Cuisine festival in the Serbian capital on January 23, 2012, an event which will be covered in person by Digital Journal.
The gastronomic event, which reunites restaurants from the Croatian island of Hvar - named by Lonely Planet as its number 5 destination for 2012 - with its many distinguished guests from Serbia has steadily increased in popularity every year, with the 2012 festival scheduled to last a record three weeks.
Leading the charge on the culinary front is Jurica Tomicic, from waterfront restaurant Kod Kapetana in Hvar Town, founder of the festival, and he brings with him a very strong team of chefs, including leading chef Tonci Jerkovic and his own son, Hrvoje Tomicic, who is a rising star in his own right, being part of the Dalmatian team being trained for the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt in October by Croatia's only Master Chef, Zdravko Kalabric.
Regional daily Slobodna Dalmacija has revealed that Tomicic will be joined in Belgrade by prominent Hvar restauranteurs Ivan Gospodnetic from Restaurant Gariful and Antonio Dujmovic from Patak - both of which featured in the 2011 Top 40 Restaurants in Dalmatia - and Vjekoslav Zaninovic from Alviz. Hvar produces some of the best wines in Croatia and one of the festival founders and leading island vintner, Antun Plancic, will once again be present.
The opening event is expected to draw wide local media coverage, and Hvar's mayor Pjerino Bebic, the Croatian ambassador to Serbia and numerous Serbian dignitaries are expected to be in attendance, as the Dalmatian visitors bring a Mediterranean flair and reminder of warmer climes to the Serbian winter.
While Days of Hvar Cuisine is a gastronomic experience, it is also a platform to promote the exceptional tourist offer of Croatia's premier island, which has traditionally enjoyed a strong relationship with Serbian tourists, and there will be much more than Hvar's food and wines on view, as Katica Vucetic, President of the Hvar Small Business Association, explained to Slobodna:
"They will take with them our spices, the famous wines of Hvar, lavender, souvenirs and other promotional materials, to demonstrate what awaits tourists opting ot spend the summer on the island, which is among the top five most desirable destinations in the world."
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