The first Croatian Food and Wine Festival opens at the Zagreb Arena on March 2, with the island of Hvar sending a strong gastronomic team.
The first Croatian Food and Wine Festival opens on March 2, 2012 at the Zagreb Arena, and will include products of some of the country's finest food, wine and olive producers, as well as representation from the best restaurants and hotels, according to a report in the Croatian Times.
The island of Hvar has confirmed that it will be sending a strong delegation to the festival, including some of Croatia's best known restaurants and wines. In an email interview with Digital Journal on February 27, the secretary of the Hvar Wine Association, Ivana Krstulovic Caric, confirmed that no less than seven of the association's 13 members would be showcasing their wines.
Seven members of Hvar Wine Association to exhibit
These include the island's most famous producers - Zlatan Otok, producer of Croatia's only Grand Cru; the Svirce Cooperative, which recently won two gold medals for their organic wines in Germany; Andro Tomic, President of the Hvar Wine Association; and winemakers Caric, Plancic, Marijan and Vujnovic.
The delegation will be lead by Pjerino Bebic, the energetic Mayor of Hvar Town, whose tireless efforts to promote the island earned him the title of Best Mayor at the 2011 Days of Croatian Tourism awards. The town of Hvar will be sponsoring a special Days of Hvar Wines and Restaurants on March 3, in which festival visitors will have an opportunity to taste the food and wines of Hvar, which is emerging as a culinary destination, in addition to its better known attractions of sun, beach and nightlife.
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Among the restaurants present will be Gariful, one of Croatia's most exclusive restaurants and host last year to Prince Harry among others, Bacchus from the Pakleni Islands, and Djordjota Vartal, whose chef is part of the Dalmatian team preparing for the culinary Olympics in Erfurt in October.
The Hvar presence in Zagreb comes shortly after the conclusion of another gastronomic festival, featuring the island's cuisine. As previously reported on Digital Journal, the 8th Days of Hvar Cuisine festival in Belgrade, organised by Jurica Tomicic of Kod Kapetana on Hvar and Jasmina Vekic of Restaurant Saran in Belgrade, enjoyed its most successful event yet, extending to a full three weeks.