A picturesque place on the southeastern Istrian hills situated on the road between Pula and Labin, which was built in the Middle Ages. Barban is full of cultural attractions as well as of an intangible cultural heritage within which the most famous is the knight's game, Trka na prstenac (an equestrian competition in which various horsemen riding at full gallop aim their lances at a hanging metal ring). Besides its rich history, this area conceals a number of other curiosities.
Olive oil, the alpha and omega of Mediterranean cuisine, got its own festival in Barban in 2009.
Olive growers exclusively from the area of Barban take part in this event and besides the tasting of extra virgin olive oils, workshops on the theme of olive growing are also organised.
The November Festival in Barban is worth a visit not only for the exhibition of souvenirs and the interesting usable items made of olive wood, but also for the works of artists who find the olive an endless source of inspiration.
Općina Barban, TZ Barban, Poljoprivredna udruga Agronova
Enjoy in the specialties of the slovenian winner Masterchef 2018
Pumpkin cream with pumpkin seeds
Carrots filled with pistachio, celery and lentil on a mustard cream
Shrimp mousse wrapped in sour zucchini with celery root puree
King of earth
Wild boar fillet in green herbs with king boletus and chanterelles, potato rolls, garlic foam
King of the sea
Lobster in ratatouille cream, parsley foam and crispy parmesan
Williams’s pear schnapps
Pear cooked in local wine, vanilla sauce, caramel glass
A piece of moon
Cream moon with chocolate core
Menu price / per person:
675 kn (app. 90 eur) without wine accompaniment - For hotel guests
750 kn (app. 100 eur) without wine accompaniment - For non-hotel guests
Wine accompaniment 375 kn (app. 50 eur)
Information and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org, +385 99 4354 333 / 334
Rooms reservations www.hotel-spiritosanto.com online booking
24th Pula festival of books and authors
The largest book fair in Croatia, and an important literary event in Istria, takes place in the Secession-style building in Pula and, in addition to Croatian publishing, it promotes regional European publishing efforts. Apart from the sale of books at reduced prices, the Fair stages a range of other events: promotions of recent titles, meetings with authors 'Breakfast with authors', concerts, stage and video presentations, exhibitions - thus becoming a true book festival.
That the domestic squid really is a truly delicious morsel, gourmets shall be persuaded durnig the Days of adriatic squid all over the restaurants on North-west Istria. They will, at affordable prices, offer full course menus based on adriatic squid, all in combination with local wines i olive oils of highest quality.
This gourmet manifestation, apart from presenting an additional motive for visiting North-west Istria at the time of Christmas holidays, is endeavoring to valorize remarkable squid from the Adriatic Sea, which is hunted just in winter period. It intends to raise awareness of their value in the kitchen and encourage caterers to devise new and creative recipes based on this sea food.
From a cheap, almost despised food, squid are on the Adriatic coast in the last half century turned into a favorite specialty. They have a delicate taste of the sea and are an exquisite medium for different flavors. They can be treated aggressively, with vinegar, hot peppers and aromatic herbs, and gently, with a few drops of lemon and a bit of chives.
Enjoy your meal!
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