Taste Slovenia

Published: 21.2.2011

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Taste Slovenia

Welcome to the land of 24 culinary regions. Lying at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Pannonian, Alpine and Balkan cuisines, Slovenia has evolved over the past centuries a distinctive Slovenian cuisine. So taste Slovenia with a big spoon!

Taste Slovenia

Welcome to the land of 24 culinary regions. Lying at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Pannonian, Alpine and Balkan cuisines, Slovenia has evolved over the past centuries a distinctive Slovenian cuisine. So taste Slovenia with a big spoon!

A Slovenian proverb says that the way to a man`s heart is through his stomach. Make a stop in the Slovenian capital where Ljubljana Tourism with its Taste Ljubljana project aspires to enhance the visibility of traditional dishes of Ljubljana by putting them back on the every-day menus offered by restaurants, and to make local people and visitors embrace these noble tastes of Ljubljana. Flying fried chicken drumsticks and wings, sautéed potatoes and egg sauce with chives; an exquisite boiled beef tongue and Ljubljana egg dish, very much liked in the 17th century by workers at the city port of the Ljubljanica River, and Ljubljana cottage cheese pancakes with tarragon for dessert! These are only some of the delicacies mentioned in the Taste Ljubljana culinary guide. This project, which gathers 60 places offering local food and drinks in Ljubljana, was founded by Ljubljana Tourism in cooperation with a famous Slovenian ethnologist dr. Janez Bogataj. By introducing the Taste Ljubljana brand name, the Ljubljana Tourism endeavours to enrich the touristic offer, especially by promoting typical Ljubljana dishes and introducing their contemporary preparation.

Culinary surprises can be unveiled also in honestly sweet Radovljica not far from idyllic Bled. There you can find a unique blend of authentic Slovenian food, local ingredients and their superb preparation. November is an especially vibrant month of the year with the Taste Radol`ca project, which brings together restaurants and inns in the town of Radovljica. They will be more than glad to serve you a piece of wild game meat, homemade štruklji and potica, homemade bread baked in the traditional bread oven or delicious trout. Radovljica, however, offers much more than just food tasting. Here you can discover a few hundred-year-old towns and villages explore the tradition of beekeeping, iron forging and Slovenian national folk music surrounded by the natural beauty. Meet the past! The medieval town centre of Radovljica reveals to its visitors well preserved middle-class houses, a baroque manor, Museum of Apiculture and a gingerbread workshop, where gingerbread hearts are still made in the traditional manner. On the sunny Radovljica Plain surrounded by the Karavanke mountain range, a very famous village of Begunje na Gorenjskem is situated. This typical village is the birthplace of the legend of Slovenian popular folk music, Slavko Avsenik.

Culinary experiences can be found in another town, embraced by two rivers and two valleys - the town of Škofja Loka. Rich cultural and natural heritage is blended with the precious heritage of our grandmothers who were masters in preparing delicious Slovenian dishes. It was the desire to prepare such a variety of flavours characteristic for the countryside of Škofja Loka that was so appealing to the caterers in this area that they, in cooperation with local farmers, came up with a successful project of Tastes of Škofja Loka Countryside. A wide selection of vegetables grown in the countryside gardens, wild berries picked in the local forests, fruit from the wild orchards, fresh meat, herbs and honey - the indispensable basic ingredients of excellent culinary delicacies, offered by the caterers on their menus. They are all well aware of modern trends and the significance of a healthy diet, which is based on seasonal dishes and local ingredients.

Slovenian coast welcomes you with the Flavours of Istria. This one-day experience takes you from the lively Koper to a typical Primorska region village in the Slovenian Istria, which lies on a natural peer over the Dragonja River. This culinary tour takes you to one of the tourist farms of this region, where you can taste genuine Istrian marenda, admire a typical Istrian house (now housing a museum) and relax walking through the Sečovlje Salt Pans. Here, you can observe a traditional way of gathering salt in salt fields. The best way to end the explorations at the seaside is to embark a special ship where you can have a fish picnic while navigating from Portorož, past the Piran, Strunjan and Izola to the final destination of Koper. Enjoy the culinary experience of Slovenia!

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