Food: locally typical
If you like to eat like the locals when you travel, you will certainly have a typical Sunday lunch when you come to Slovenia, and enjoy a stew or soup for brunch during the week, and let’s not forget the street food options offering local and world flavours.
Good food Slovenian-style
Slovenian restaurants and inns that are open all day without a break at noon usually offer all types of lunches and brunches, but the most typical Slovenian offering is most certainly the Sunday lunch. Regardless of whether it is made at home or ordered at a restaurant, lunch usually starts with a soup, followed by a meat dish with a side dish and a salad presented at the same time as the main course, and then a dessert is served to finish off. Typical soups include beef broth with noodles, selected vegetable soups, and often mushroom soup is served as well. Typical meat dishes include a roast or fried chicken. A very typical Slovenian side dish served with a meat dish is roast potatoes. A salad is a must for Slovenians. Many places also offer Slovenian pumpkin seed oil as a dressing.
World Roast Potato Festival
Slovenia is a land of lovers of potatoes and potato dishes, among which roast potatoes are the most loved. The Society for the Recognition of Roasted Potatoes as a Distinct Dish has been organising the World Festival of this dish since 2001. In Šenčur pri Kranju, even a monument was erected to honour potatoes!Explore
Slovenia for vegetarians
Don’t worry! Even though meat dishes are an important part of traditional Slovenian cuisine, Slovenia is also a land of excellent locally produced vegetables and grain. Traditional dishes include amazing štruklji (dumplings) with vegetable fillings and porridges, žganci (mush), and polenta, which complement vegetables. Vegetarians and vegans can find amazing dishes at selected restaurants.
Energising snacks on the go
In addition to the famous Carniolan Sausage, which has acquired a great takeaway food status at the Klobasarna in Ljubljana, the popularity of food on the go is on the increase elsewhere in Slovenia as well. In addition to fish snacks in handy takeaways in marketplaces, you will certainly detect the influence of Balkan cuisine in the streets of Slovenian towns and cities. Yes – burek and kebab are also a staple for Slovenians. You will find that, especially when exploring countryside trails and mountain and other stopovers, snack and brunch options often include the excellent Slovenian stews: goulash, broths, minestrone, and jota (sauerkraut and beans) and ričet (meat and vegetable stew).
From the kitchens of Slovenian mountain cabins
There are more than ten thousand km of marked mountain trails threaded throughout the dynamic landscape of Slovenia, and more than 150 mountain huts can be found along them. On weekends in particular, one can detect the aromas of typical Slovenian stews drifting from their kitchens. Many places offer locally typical delicacies. You might be offered žganci (mush) with sour milk if you visit mountain pastures where shepherds live.Explore
To the marketplace and the milk vending machine
Marketplaces in Slovenian towns and cities provide great energising snacks. The famous Ljubljana marketplace, a much-loved feature of the capital of Slovenia, along with the country’s other marketplaces, also usually have small food stalls with specialised offerings of meat, dairy, baked goods, vegetables, and other delicacies. Foreigners are often excited when they see milk vending machines in Slovenia. These offer fresh milk from nearby farms 24 hours a day.
Tastings at culinary events
From Spring to Autumn, many Slovenian towns and cities host the Open Kitchen, a culinary and social event, which is a unique culinary marketplace. Other culinary events are also typical for other regions in Slovenia. At some events, participants compete in preparing typical dishes, which can then be tasted and reviewed by the visitors to the local Golažijada (Goulash Festival), Bogračijada (Bograč Festivall), Potato Festival, Frika Festival (frika is an omelette with potatoes and cheese), and similar themed events. Everywhere you go in Slovenia, you can encounter festivals and holidays celebrating locally typical cuisine.
The Open Kitchen street food event
From early Spring to late Autumn, excellent dishes from all over the world are offered every Friday at food stands in Pogačar Square in Ljubljana (the Ljubljana marketplace). The aroma of šmorn (a scrambled pancake) and the Prekmurje Bograč stew will tempt you from one end of the square, while burgers are made and flames rise from Asian woks at the other. Order a quick snack and continue your stroll around the city. The Open Kitchen occasionally takes place at the Celje Marketplace, at Carpaccio Square in Koper, and in Bevk Square in Nova Gorica.
Locally typical food also varies from region to region. Discover the special features of different regions, and also taste authentic traditional local delights, and don’t forget to take some culinary delicious treats home with you.
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