Dive into spring's culinary delights with the latest edition of Gastronomy Stories from Slovenia

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Dive into spring's culinary delights with the latest edition of Gastronomy Stories from Slovenia

Embrace the spirit of spring by reading the spring-themed gastronomic stories recently shared with our newsletter subscribers. They are available on the Taste Slovenia portal as well.

Dive into spring's culinary delights with the latest edition of Gastronomy Stories from Slovenia

As the landscape awakens in vibrant colors and bird are chirping, we welcome the arrival of spring! In the world of gastronomy, spring announces its presence with the radiant hue of yellow - the signature colour of the Gault&Millau culinary guide, which has just unveiled this year's culinary masterpieces in Slovenia. As bears emerge from their winter slumber, they extend an invitation for you to join them for a picturesque picnic amidst the tranquil southern reaches of Slovenia. Additionally, we invite you to experience the culinary delights of Gostilna Kunstelj in Gorenjska, the cozy atmosphere of Grad Štanjel Bistro in Primorska, and the culinary creations of chef Bine Volčič's estate nestled in the rolling hills of Goričko. Make sure to plan enough time to the latter and don't forget to indulge in the number of springtime culinary events.

We invite you to read the impressive gastronomic stories that have been sent to newsletter subscribers over the past week and can also be found on the Taste Slovenia portal: 


Since founding the Monstera Bistro in Ljubljana, which was awarded a prestigious green Michelin star, Bine Volčič, renowned throughout Slovenia for his popular culinary TV show, has continued his culinary journey with the establishment of the Monstera estate in Prekmurje. Here, he doesn't merely provide lunch or dinner; instead, he crafts an immersive weekend getaway experience for his guests.

Explore the story of Monstera Estate


Immerse yourself in the pristine surroundings of an ancient forest, the perfect setting to taste local delicacies while gaining insights into the world of the majestic brown bear. Yet, the true highlight awaits in the evening. Accompanied by a seasoned hunter, embark on an unforgettable adventure and observe these magnificent creatures up close, all from the safety of an observation platform within the dense forests of Kočevje.

Enter the bear kingdom


The eagerly awaited sixth edition of the Gault&Millau is here. The inspectors carefully combed a number of establishments and selected only the most outstanding restaurants, delightful bistros, and exceptional street food vendours. Additionally, top-tier winemakers and boutique beer brewers were highlighted and they also named the Chef of the Year, Chef of the Future and Traditional cuisine Chef, Young Talent and Best Service and Sommelier. Four toques were given out to 10 restaurants, with 30 restaurants receiving three toques.

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From the sun-kissed Mediterranean to the lush Pannonian plains, from the rugged Dinaric plateaus to the majestic Alpine peaks, nature creates a symphony of flavours. Asparagus, cherries and tarragon are here. Embrace the abundance of spring's delicacies and revel in the joy of outdoor festivities.

Taste the best of spring dishes


Slovenia champions sustainable gastronomy, honouring providers committed to seasonality, locality, and nature-friendly practices. Two of the establishments awarded with the Slovenia Green Cuisine label are the Gostilna Kunstelj restaurant in Gorenjska and the Grad Štanjel bistro in the Karst region.

Nestled in the heart of Radovljica, Gostilna Kunstelj stands as a pioneer of Slovenian culinary tradition since 1873. Renowned for its top homemade dishes crafted from the freshest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, each bite at Kunstelj delivers an authentic gastronomic experience.

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In the enchanting courtyard of Štanjel castle, Grad Štanjel Bistro captivates with its ambiance and breathtaking views of the Karst landscape. This culinary gem stands as a testament to innovation and tradition, where the skilled local Karst chef artfully reimagines classic Karst cuisine with modern twist.

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Outdoor culinary events are back. The legendary Odprta kuhna (The Open Kitchen) culinary festival returns weekly in Ljubljana, promising an array of tantalizing treats in an open-air setting. Maribor hosts the International Chili and Chocolate Festival, while Radovljica tempts with its own Chocolate Festival. Izola invites you to savour the wild asparagus during the Days of Wild Asparagus and Pier of Flavours. Meanwhile, Brda welcomes you to indulge in Brda & Friends or Brda and Wines.

Have fun exploring

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