Sustainability on a plate

Due to its natural resources, clean environment and rich culinary tradition, Slovenia fulfils all conditions for the development of sustainable gastronomy, which has already been promoted by numerous restaurants and tourist farms. Discover chefs with prestigious achievements in sustainability and see for yourselves the inspiring reasons for the positive development of Slovenia's profile as a country of sustainable culinary excellence.

 

Selected chefs and restaurants awarded with the Michelin Sustainability Award

Interested in innovative green solutions? In search of culinary experiences created in harmony with the environment and the local communities? Six Slovenian chefs were awarded the new Michelin award that highlights the bravery and invention of chefs and restaurants in implementing sustainable practices in their every-day operations. Our visionary chefs earned this award by using local and sustainably produced ingredients and by responsible waste management, including reducing the quantity of food waste. Michelin only awards this prize to those chefs and restaurants that have already been recognised in one of the culinary guide’s other categories, attesting to their quality.

Visit the 2021 European Region of Gastronomy

Slovenia is proud to have been awarded the title of the 2021 European Region of Gastronomy. The jury was convinced by its numerous sustainable measures, culinary achievements, high-quality local food, and the incredible pride and passion of the participating stakeholders. We are well on our way to promoting Slovenia to the position of a world-renowned green country in terms of cuisine, sustainable tourism, nutritional education, and high-quality food supply.

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Cornerstones of sustainable gastronomy in Slovenia

What is the secret to the success of sustainable gastronomy in Slovenia? Take a look at some facts about the great importance of sustainability in Slovenian cuisine.

Short supply chains

Slovenian restaurants are working closely with farmers and suppliers. Dishes are mainly prepared with delicious local ingredients. The journey from the green countryside to urban areas is really short. The slogan "from garden to table" is not used just for marketing purposes, as we take the traceability of ingredients very seriously.

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Fresh food from the home garden

Slovenians love fresh, organic food. Due to the large share of people who grow food in their own gardens and fields, Slovenians are also known as a nation of gardeners. Many sell their products at local marketplaces, a promised land for healthy eaters that also provide visitors with the chance to have genuine conversations with locals. Visit markets in all Slovenian cities to learn about local food products. You can buy products sustainably – without the packaging.

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Beekeeping tradition

Slovenia is the most beekeeping-oriented country in the EU. It boasts almost five beekeepers per 1,000 people. At Slovenia’s initiative, the United Nations proclaimed 20 May as World Bee Day, a day for raising awareness of the extraordinary significance of bees for the survival of humankind. You can taste Slovenian honey with the protected designation of origin, different dishes and drinks with honey, and discover the beneficial effects of other bee products.

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Environmentally friendly winemaking

Geographic features and traditions divide Slovenia into three wine-growing regions and nine wine-growing districts, where 52 varieties of wine grapes are grown. A hilly landscape and a sufficient amount of precipitation mean that the grapes are picked by hand, while irrigation is not necessary. Coupled with the small average size of vineyards and a craft approach, the conditions for environmentally friendly winemaking are met.

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Local culinary brands

If you crave premium local products while out exploring the green parts of Slovenia, look for local culinary brands. In addition to the excellent culinary delicacies, typical to an individual region due to its natural characteristics and cultural heritage, they also encompass handicraft products, authentic culinary experiences, and events.

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Sustainable waste management

Slovenia strives to reduce waste in all areas, especially environmentally harmful waste, such as single-use plastic and food waste. We are delighted that many restaurants have already been tackling this challenge, while more and more events in Slovenia follow the "zero waste" concept. An example of good practice is the "Open Kitchen" food market in Ljubljana, which gave up the use of single-use plastic products this year.

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Exploring flavours my way

Discover unique, boutique and authentic experiences where you will get to know the remarkable stories of Slovenian cuisine in an interesting and tailor-made way. Follow the signposts of the Slovenian Unique Experiences and go on an unforgettable journey into the world of flavours.

Taste Slovenia, taste organic food.

You can find local culinary delicacies that are good for your body and your soul across Slovenia. Taste the invigorating dishes of the mountain cabins and tourist farms, taste wine in sunny vineyards, and discover why Slovenian chefs are renowned all over the world.

Typical Slovenian dishes in your kitchen

There are 24 gastronomic regions in Slovenia and there is something for every taste – from meat to seafood, from stews to delicious desserts. Bring a small piece of Slovenia into your home. Explore recipes from different Slovenian regions and towns, and try to prepare traditional Slovenian dishes in your own kitchen.

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Typical Slovenian dishes in your kitchen

Typical Slovenian dishes in your kitchen

There are 24 gastronomic regions in Slovenia and there is something for every taste – from meat to seafood, from stews to delicious desserts. Bring a small piece of Slovenia into your home. Explore recipes from different Slovenian regions and towns, and try to prepare traditional Slovenian dishes in your own kitchen.

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Michelin-starred restaurants in Slovenia

Michelin-starred restaurants in Slovenia

Slovenia’s diverse landscape is also reflected in its cuisine. Each part of the green country has something unique to offer. World-renowned Slovenian chefs incorporate these unique features into their dishes in their own special way. These masterpieces were also spotted by the Michelin Guide scouts, who award the prestigious Michelin Stars and other titles. Which restaurants attracted the most attention from the Michelin Guide?

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Chocolate treats the Slovenian way

Chocolate treats the Slovenian way

Are you a chocoholic? If so, Slovenia is your promised land! Visit chocolate festivals and excellent chocolate shops, and taste chocolate mixed with the local ingredients. Also experience the beneficial effects of chocolate on your skin, with special wellness programmes to curb any guilty conscience.

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Scented herbal experiences

Scented herbal experiences

Do you enjoy a cup of herbal tea? Slovenian meadows and forests are rich in a variety of herbs that are beneficial to your well-being.  Uncle Kosobrin from Vandot’s tales about the young hero Kekec affirms: “There is a plant for every disease in the world”. Experience the power of herbs with all five senses.  Try a herbal adventure that will calm you and fill you with renewed energy. 

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The story of Slovenian olive oil

The story of Slovenian olive oil

Have you ever tasted extra virgin olive oil from Slovenian Istria? Oil with a protected designation of origin will surely impress your taste buds. You will also find the rich taste of olive oil in other parts of Slovenia that are influenced by the Mediterranean climate. Follow it from the olive orchard to the press.

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The charms of Slovenian cuisine

Slovenia will never disappoint you with its cuisine. Slovenia firmly believes the well-known saying that the way to the heart is through the stomach‒ after all, we have love in our country’s very name. Either in traditional or avant-garde dishes, a special place is always reserved for local ingredients.

Fresh and Local Food on Your Table

Taste the noble gifts of Slovenian soil and the tasty produce of Slovenian farms.

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Savouring Slovenian Tradition

Discover the richness of Slovenian cuisine and its geographically protected peculiarities

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Locally typical

Learn about the typical workdays and holidays cuisine of Slovenian people and discover where they obtain the ingredients for their dishes and where you can try them as well.

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Where to eat

Home-made or cosmopolitan: choose your ambience and menu in Slovenia.

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Food and wine

Love is experienced through the stomach.

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Wines of Slovenia

Where can you taste the wine from the three wine-growing regions of Slovenia?

Wines of Slovenia

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