From the garden to your plate
Maintaining garden plots, either in nature or on balconies and terraces in towns, is a special feature of Slovenian people. Different types of vegetables and herbs are grown in Slovenian gardens. Fruit trees, usually apple, pear, plum or cherry trees, grow in larger orchards and on plots surrounding farms. Different cereals, potatoes and other arable crops grow in fields. What could be better than to pick nature’s own fresh fruits and immediately enjoy their full flavours?
Fresh in the city? Visit markets.
Marketplaces in Slovenian towns and cities provide great energising snacks. The famous Ljubljana marketplace, a much-loved feature of Slovenia’s capital, along with the country’s other marketplaces, also usually feature small food stalls with specialised offerings of meat, dairy, baked goods, vegetables and various delicacies. Foreigners are often fascinated when they see milk vending machines in Slovenia. These offer fresh milk from nearby farms 24 hours a day.
If you want to take a little piece of Slovenia or the specific places you visited home with you, then look for products equipped with local certificates. You will find delicious food and handicraft products typical of certain regions under various destination brands. But you can also stop at inns and restaurants where you can try dishes with local certificates.
Each place has its characteristics. Some are so special that they are embellished with special protected designations. Discover ingredients, dishes and food products equipped with protected designations of origin, protected geographical indications or traditional speciality guarantees.
Taste local food at festival stalls
Find seasonal culinary events all over Slovenia where locals and other providers offer local gastronomic specialities. At some events, participants compete in preparing typical dishes, which can then be tasted and reviewed by the visitors to the local Golažijada, Bogračijada, Potato Festival, Frika Festival, and similar themed events. Cherries, persimmon, asparagus, apples, olive oil, chocolate, beer and wine are also celebrated at special events.