Experience culinary autumn in Slovenia
Autumn is ideal for treating your taste buds to special delicacies. Fresh produce from the fields, orchards, vineyards, and plantations enrich every dish on your table. This is why autumn gastronomic events rich with the aroma of local delicacies are worth visiting. If you’d rather enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner in a warmly inviting place, visit selected Slovenian ‘gostilnas’ (traditional restaurants) and restaurants, where you will be offered special themed menus for gourmets. The most colourful season is known for the scent of roasted chestnuts and celebrations in wine cellars. So, are you ready for autumn gastronomic experiences?
May your heart guide you ...
Restaurant Week is a unique opportunity for you to learn about the charms of Slovenia's world-class cuisine. If you are a foodie, then make sure to visit one of the 105 participating restaurants, where chefs will do their best to impress you. And don’t make any excuses that you can’t afford it. The menus in all restaurants are available at a single, affordable price. When deciding where to go, you’ll be assisted by the heart symbols used to rate the participating restaurants.
Months of local flavours
The increasingly shorter and colder autumn days can be improved by visiting monthly festivals, events, and selected local restaurants, where you can enjoy a colourful array of flavours.
In November, visit restaurants in Radovljica, where guests will be served special dishes made from local ingredients. Collect stamps and win culinary prizes. We’ll begin at the Marketplace of Flavours in the Draga Valley and end at Radovljica's Linhart Square with a greeting to the merry month of December!More
Month of Karst cuisine
In the Karst, October is a time to experience authentic Karst flavours, led by the Karst ‘pršut’ ham and Teran wine. Special menus will be prepared for you in Karst ‘gostilnas’, restaurants, and at tourist farms, which will take you on an unforgettable culinary journey.More
Month of Ptuj cuisine
Visit selected Ptuj restaurants and ‘gostilnas’, which highlight local flavours even more in November and pair them with world-class wines from the wine-making districts of Slovenske Gorice and Haloze.More
Even when the summer says goodbye, delicious dishes are still prepared in Ljubljana’s Pogačar Square on beautiful Friday afternoons. A wide selection of Slovenian and global cuisine can be experienced at the Open Kitchen until the end of October. In the autumn, enticing aromas will invite you to the streets and squares of other Slovenian towns and cities, too.More
Roasted or cooked – chestnuts just how you like them
A walk through Slovenian towns and cities in autumn is accompanied by the scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. You can eat plenty of them, either roasted or cooked or ‘packaged’ into various dishes, at numerous chestnut picnics and chestnut festivals, which can be found all around Slovenia. Here are some tips.
The Chestnut Festival in Vitovlje
Vitovlje near Nova Gorica is a sun-kissed village that lends a special flavour to ‘maroni’ chestnuts. Try them at the Chestnut Festival held in October, or treat your tastebuds to delicious pastries and other chestnut dishes.More
The Chestnut Festival in Lig
Visit the Chestnut Festival, a 50-year tradition by the emerald River Soča. Among other things, you’ll be able to learn about the tradition of gathering and using chestnuts in the past and today.More
The Chestnut Festival in the Karst
Would you like to know how the people of the Karst roast chestnuts? Then visit Rodik in October and see for yourself. In addition to local chestnut delicacies, you’ll also be provided with a rich entertainment and sports programme.More
Chestnut Sunday at ‘Katarina’
If you're visiting the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana or its surrounding area, you can also hike up to St Catherine's Church (known as ‘Katarina’) and enjoy some chestnuts. As you eat them, follow the potato hotpot cooking competition.More
Wine is a must in autumn
After the grapes have been harvested in vineyards and pressed into must in barrels, they await the moment when they turn into wine. This is the happiest time for winemakers and lovers of wine. Discover why.
My way of tasting the autumn
Slovenian Wine Festival
If you'd like to taste the best Slovenian wines in one place, visit the Slovenian Wine Festival in Ljubljana. There, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the special characteristics of wines from all three of Slovenia’s wine-growing regions; of course, you’ll be accompanied by various events and culinary specialities.More
Štanjel Wine Festival
Visit the Wine Festival in the picturesque medieval village of Štanjel, where you can meet the best winemakers from the Karst and not only taste typical Karst wines, but also other delicacies of the Karst cuisine.More
New Portuguese Wine Festival
Learn about ‘Mlada Portugalka’ (New Portuguese), a red wine with a pleasant aroma and a gentle and full flavour. Visit the festival devoted to this wine variety held in Metlika.More
Help yourself to a heaping plateful of autumn
Discover Slovenia's diverse flavours, which reflect the landscape from which they originate. Taste them in a traditional kitchen or through the masterpieces prepared by Slovenian chefs. A glass of a world-class Slovenian wine will go well with them. Top it all off with unique gastronomic experiences.