The truffle is the supreme delicacy that had been enjoyed by the Mesopotamian rulers 4000 years ago, and it is still one of the most prestigious foodstuffs in world gastronomy. This intense flavour royal mushroom was known to the ancient Greeks and the Roman emperors, and it was also served at the French court and among the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. It is very rare and it grows only in several locations in Europe - in some parts of France and Italy and in Istria, favoured by mild climate, small temperature variations and grey clay soil.
The white and the black truffles have their natural habitat in the Istrian truffle 'Bermuda' triangle between Pazin, Buje and Buzet, especially in the valley of the river Mirna and in the Motovun Forest. They grow underground, and they are searched after by specially trained dogs.
October is the top season of the white truffles, which are also the most expensive and the most valuable truffles. At that time, numerous events are held every weekend to celebrate this indisputable king of mushrooms in Livade, the well-known truffles centre near Motovun. But, even before and after this period, throughout most of the autumn, Istria lives in the rhythm of truffles with the abundance of festivities dedicated to this noble mushroom.
The guests that come from the whole region are presented with the typical truffle dishes: fuži, pljukanci, gnocchi, fritada and various meat combinations. There are also many exhibitions and fairs, with plenty of excellent opportunities to meet the world of this magic, aromatic tuber known for its aphrodisiac features.
08.09. Buzet, Square Fontana
Subotina with Giant Truffles Omelette (2018 eggs and 10 kg truffles)
15.09. - 18.11. Livade (on weekends)
Zigante Truffle Days
20.10. Motovun, Square Andrea Antico
IX Teran and truffle festival
20.10. - 21.10. Livade
The white truffle fair
Celebrity show cooking
Truffle auction sale
Truffle search demonstration
Agricultural products fair
03.11. - 04.11. Buzet
Exhibition and fair of truffles and homemade autochthonous products
Truffle Days 2018
In the heart of the Motovun forest, one of the most important areas for harvesting the white truffle in Istria, Zigante Tartufi Days are being held each year. This long manifestation is being held over ten weeks during autumn.
That is expensive tuber that is literally measured in grams of gold like a magnet for visitors, according to local and foreign guests from Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria and even distant Japan, who are constant visitors to this unique project.
It was this event celebrated the Livade as a world center of the Istrian white truffles, and turned this place into a single marketplace, only one of its kind in the country. Truffle Fair and Exhibition is an ideal opportunity for exploring and tasting truffles and its presentation.
In addition to the absolute king of Istrian cuisine, here you can find other indigenous products, which in its tradition and quality attract interested tasters and consumers from around the world: wine, olive oil, cheeses, honey, brandy-herb and other traditional Istrian products.
The gastronomic offer is the result of collaboration with the best wineries and olive oil. For all visitors entering the fair is free of charge.
The largest number of producers of traditionally made brandy are in northern and central Istria. You can taste their masterpieces at the brandy exhibit that is organized every year in Hum - the smallest town in the world. Such brandy is most often made from grape marc into which aromatic and medicinal herbs or different fruit are added. The most popular types of grape-brandy are rue and mistletoe brandy, but there are numerous other sorts as well: with honey, St. John's wort, sour cherries, mint, walnuts...
Festival of the vintners from Istria, Croatia and abroad
Every year brings together the best Istrian vintners with an emphasis on quality young vintners for which this event is certainly giving a good boost for further development and progression.
This event has been held for the 40 years in a row and has become a part of tradition and identity of the Svetvincenat Municipality.
Truffle Days 2018
The traditional Weekend of Istrian truffles will be held on Saturday, the 3rd of November and Sunday, the 4th of November in Buzet. Its rich offer will be a good reason to spend a weekend there.
Visitors will be able to see, taste and buy truffles and products of truffles, and Istrian homemade products such as prosciutto, cheese, olive oil, wine, honey, jams, marmalades, natural juices, homemade biscuits, homemade pasta, brandies etc.
In addition to promotions, tasting and sales, there will be many other activities such as a culinary show ½Buzet on the plate½(caterers from Buzet will prepare meals), parade and dogs show, a small school with professional chef cooking, music, children’s corner, Truffle hunt race, which is a combination of a mountain bike and trekking race.
Orientation running and cycling race
As part of the Weekend of truffles festival, the Club SRK Alba, will organize on 03.11. the Truffle hunt race, which is a combination of orientation running and cycling.
The goal of the race is to be as fast as possible and go through obligatory and additional checkpoints. Contestants compete in teams, and the team consists of of two members (it can be male, female and mixed teams).
Popular festivity and baptising of new wine
Popular festivity and baptising of new wine
Exhibition of the new wine
Exhibition of the new wine of the Buzet region with tastings and entertainment program
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