Istria Gourmet Festival – Truffle Days 2013

If you are a serious foodie, or perhaps like to sample the finer things in life, why not come over to Croatia this October for some gastronomic delights? All throughout October you will be able to sample some of the best of Istrian cuisine whilst enjoying a beautiful culture. The festival is centred on the amazing black and white truffles that are to be found in this area, once tasted, never forgotten. Talented chefs from the region use these amazing ingredients to celebrate the culture and food of this stunning region, come along and you’ll soon see why so many people fall in love with Istria.


How to Get There

Croatia is no longer the best kept secret in European tourism and direct flights are now a regular occurrence. You could view what First Choice or Thomson have available as well known holiday operators. We suggest that you fly to Dubrovnik, the heart of Istria and kick back for a day or two and then head off to Buzet. This is where the Istrian truffle ‘Bermuda Triangle’ begins and along with Pazin and Buje, you will be knocking on the door of some of the best truffles in the world. Croatia has a lovely climate and this time of the year is very popular for travellers. ‘Days of Truffles’ are a series of truffle-theme events that take place all over October, and if you follow these events you will surely see the best of Istria.

What and where is Istria?

Okay, here is the history and geography lesson all rolled in one for you lucky readers. The Istrian peninsula is located at the head of the Adriatic Sea and is between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner. Istria is actually shared between three countries:
- Croatia
- Slovenia
- Italy

The name ‘Istria’ originates from the Castellieri culture and this dates right back to the ancient Greeks. The area was highly desirable and the subject of many wars, eventually it became split between the 3 countries mentioned earlier.

The Istrian Peninsular has some amazing sights

The Truffle is the Star

Croatia is a popular holiday destination in its own right, but what’s so special about the truffle? Well, to some people, the truffle is just an odd shaped fungi with a very unique smell. And pigs seem to be rather good at sniffing them out. If you have more than a passing interest in cooking and experiencing high end food, you may already know a little about these things. The facts are that truffles are inextricably linked with quality and class, and when it comes to cooking, you’d better believe it. The ‘Days of Truffle’ festival encompasses some fantastic gastronomic displays and you will see a collection of world class chefs like you’ve never seen before. All of this and the gorgeous weather and countryside of Istria are something to behold.

Croatia as a Destination

Croatia has become such a popular choice for modern holidaymakers, especially those who are looking beyond the usual places such as Italy and Greece. As well as a huge and gorgeous Mediterranean coastline, you also have a rich and varied culture to enjoy, and then there are the truffles…