Fine-tune your taste buds to visit the European Food Summit
The European Food Summit took place between 16 and 19 March in Slovenia, when the greatest global culinary names and great minds in the culinary, art and media sectors were brought together to inspire us with their stories and encourage us to think more progressively and work towards a better and sustainable future. Such events prove that Slovenia deserves the prestigious title of the European Region of Gastronomy 2021. Over the four days, numerous events took place, including a conference of experts led by Ana Roš, a world-renowned chef, and Andrea Petrini, one of the key players in numerous global culinary projects and most influential people in gastronomy.
Extraordinary and inspiring culinary stories
Partnered with the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) and Ljubljana Tourism, the European Food Summit was held in stunning Slovenia, at the crossroads of European geographies and cultures, and is bound to its mission to become the most important European culinary event and a unique platform that contributes to the shaping of a sustainable European future. Between 16 and 19 March, an extraordinary programme with inspiring culinary stories took place. Events will be plentiful, including a conference of experts, a culinary crawl of Ljubljana’s cultural houses and sights, an unforgettable experience dinner in a magical ambience, a ski race at Krvavec and many more.
Four days, numerous interesting events
Saturday, 16 March
The European Food Summit was kicked off by a new season pre-premiere of the Open Kitchen, the most popular culinary market on the sunny side of the Alps. This time, the event was held in the astounding courtyard of Križanke in Ljubljana, and offered visitors selected dishes of Slovenian restaurants, top Slovenian wines, gins and craft beers.
Also Ljubljana Gourmet Crawl impressed the guests, which transformed the capital’s cultural houses and sights into genuine pop-up eateries with inspiring dishes of Ljubljana chefs.
Sunday, 17 March
Sponsored by the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB), selected foreign culinary media representatives, influencers, bloggers and other prominent guests experienced an extraordinary culinary adventure across beautiful Slovenia. They were treated to lunch at Hiša Franko by Ana Roš, and the evening concluded with culinary zip-lining – the I FEEL SLOVENIA Cable Car Dinner.
Guests at the ski resort were pampered by top Slovenian and foreign chefs on the Krvavec Terrace. Excellent food was accompanied by selected sparkling and other top wines by notable wine makers.
The very last bit of the day was I Feel Slovenia Cable Car Dinner, an unforgettable experience in a cable car cabin at Krvavec at 1,500 m elevation in the magical atmosphere of the Kamnik and Savinja Alps. Guests were treated to culinary masterpieces of top chefs led by Jezeršek Catering and Gostilna Krištof.
Monday, 18 March
At Ljubljana Castle, the conference brought together the greatest minds in the culinary, art and media sectors. They were challenged to inspire with their stories and encourage towards more progressive thinking and a better future.
In addition to the best Slovenian female chef Ana Roš, this year’s Experience Dinner also hosted the Italian culinary virtuoso Riccardo Camanini and Luka Košir, one of the most creative Slovenian chefs.
Tuesday, 19 March
The day was kicked off with the gourmet Argeta Exclusive Breakfast prepared by top chef Loka Košir. It continued at the top of Krvavec, where caterers, winemakers and culinary aficionados competed for a place on the podium of the Audi Gourmet Cup at a ski and snowboarding race.
At the same time, Gourmet on Snow was held on the Krvavec Terrace with top Slovenian and foreign chefs and superb wines.This was followed by an unforgettable Après Ski Party .
Highlights: a conference of experts and an experience dinner
The European Food Summit reached its peak on Monday, 18 March, with a conference of experts led by chef Ana Roš and the curator of the conference Andrea Petrini. The topic “Food – The bridge toward the sustainable identities of European cultures and nations” brought together the greatest minds in the culinary, art and media sectors at a single location and for the first time in Slovenia.
Stories were shared by:
- Afton Halloran, Nordic Food Policy Lab and Roberto Flore, DTU Skylab – Technical University of Denmark, Denmark;
- Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, Mugaritz, two Michelin stars, ranked 9thon The World‘s 50 Best Restaurants, Spain;
- Chef Andreas Caminada, Schloss Schauenstein, three Michelin stars, ranked 47thon The World‘s 50 Best Restaurants, Switzerland;
- Chef Christopher Pelé, Le Clarence, two Michelin stars, France;
- Chef Esben Holmboe Bang, Maaemo, three Michelin stars, ranked 35thon The World‘s 50 Best Restaurants, Norway;
- Georges Desrues, reporter, writer and editor;
- Ivan Brincat, writer and author, Food and Wine Gazette, Belgium;
- Joe Warwick, critic and best-selling author of Where Chefs Eat, co-founder of The World Restaurant Awards, England;
- Chef Jordan Khan, Destroyer and Vespertine, named Best New Chef 2017, USA;
- Chef Leonor Espinosa, Leo Restaurant, recipient of Latin America's Best Female Chef 2017 and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, Columbia;
- Chef Riccardo Camanini, Lido 84, named Chef of the Year 2017 by Identità Golose, Italy;
- and numerous interesting and inspiring speakers who have made a gastronomic impact in Slovenia.
At the experience dinner, the best Slovenian female chef Ana Roš (Hiša Franko) cooked for the guests together with the Italian culinary virtuoso Riccardo Camanini(Lido 84, Italy) and Luka Košir (Gostišče Grič), one of the most creative Slovenian chefs and an ambassador of the European Region of Gastronomy 2021. In the magical ambience of Ljubljana Castle, the nine-course menu was accompanied by an exquisite selection of top wines by Slovenian winemakers.
A country with amazing gastronomic and wine products
In Slovenia, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. You can learn about various flavours and dishes in 24 gastronomic regions and three wine-growing areas. Local mineral waters have also always been served on Slovenian tables, and recently interesting beers from local Slovenian microbreweries too.
Slovenia enthrals with gastronomic masterpieces, and its commitment to sustainable development and the implementation of all activities related to it. Food production in Slovenia is of high quality. Slovenians fascinate our guests with extreme pride, passion and great environmental management.
In 2018, Slovenia received, in addition to the title European Region of Gastronomy 2021, its own version of the Gault & Millau guide, one of three most influential guides in gastronomy. It includes 130 restaurants, of which six restaurants obtained four toques and two were awarded a high rating – 17.5 points out of a possible 20.
Along with regular international awards won by Slovenian chefs and winemakers, there is no doubt that Slovenia is currently the hottest gourmet destination in Europe.
Regardless of where you decide to eat, ask for Slovenian wine, beer, water, juices, and other excellent Slovenian products. If you can, visit the best Slovenian chefs and don't forget that Slovenian specialities also make great souvenirs.