The third day of a rain-affected 14th Croatia Boat Show came to life on April 19, 2012, as chefs from Hvar's most exclusive fish restaurant made the short journey to Split and, bringing the infamous Hvar sunshine with them, prepared a spectacular lunch of island seafood specialities for 200 guests.
Restaurant Gariful is at the culinary forefront of Hvar's emergence as one of the hottest and most exclusive destinations in the Adriatic, and its 2011 diners included Prince Harry, Roman Abramovich and Giorgio Armani.
Dishes for the buffet lunch included octopus salad, anchovies and sardines, Dalmatian ham and cheese, black risotto, lobster Bellevue, seafood spaghetti, fried calamari and gregada, with guests able to enjoy watching the chefs in action in the open kitchen. The wines were provided by leading Hvar vintner, Andro Tomic, with his award-winning Plavac 2010 red and Beleca white served to guests.
"This is a real festival, and I am always delighted to come," Hvar Mayor Pjerino Bebic told Croatian news portal, Dalmacija News
. "The Croatia Boat Show really is an ideal place to present Hvar's specialities."
The lunch is the latest in a busy pre-season for Hvar's chefs, and Digital Journal has been following their promotions in the region, with festivals including the Days of Hvar Cuisine
in Belgrade, a VIP lunch in Zagreb at the Croatia Food and Wine Festival
, and preparing the last Titanic menu
on the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.
Most famous for its sunshine, beaches, nightlife and celebrity draw, Hvar is emerging as a gastronomic destination, and the participation of four of its chefs at the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt in October will further cement the island's growing culinary reputation.