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Istria Gourmet Festival

The congress with the main goal of meeting new world trends takes place on 29th and 30th October in Rovinj

Istria Tourist Board, in collaboration with Croatian National Tourist Board as the main partner and Maistra Hospitality Group, organizes the fourth edition of the Istria Gourmet Festival, with an exceptionally rich two-day program.

The congress with the main goal of meeting new world trends and designing the prospects for the future development in the field of enogastronomy, will take place on 29th and 30th October 2018 in the Design Hotel Lone in Rovinj.

We will host top stars, chefs awarded with Michelin stars who will give interesting educational lectures:
Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria), Aurora and Massimo Mazzucchelli (Marconi | Mollica)
Andrea Ribaldone (Arborina), Roberto Cerea (Da Vittorio),
Giancarlo Morelli (Il Pomiroeu), Pedro Miguel Schiaffino (Malabar)
Matteo Mettulio (La Siriola), Juan Amador (Restaurant Amador),
Pino Cuttaia (La Madia), Andrea Migliaccio (L'Olivo),
Emanuele Scarello (Agli Amici dal 1887)

This year's professional and thematic conference aimed at acquiring new knowledge and skills brings two completely new programs: one dedicated to gourmet pizza and the other to craft beer. Masterclass dedicated to gourmet pizza, the phenomenon recently emerged in Italy with an increasing number of followers, will offer, blending the tradition and innovation, new views on this dish famous throughout the world. We will host top experts:
Simone Padoan (Pizzeria I Tigli), Edoardo Ore (O' Sfizio d'à Notizia),
Diego Vitagliano (10 Diego Vitagliano Pizzeria),
Pasqualino Rossi (Pizzeria Élite Rossi), Vincenzo Pagano (Scattidigusto)

When it comes to the craft beer production, top names from this area will meet attendants with the history of beer, craft revolution and secrets of food and beer pairing:
Lorenzo Dabove Kuaska, Stefan Grauvogl, Teo Musso, Simonmattia Riva and Zvonimir Pelko.

The second day of the conference is dedicated to lectures about wine tourism and the best world examples as well as to hotel industry where the best practices and trends in luxury hotel business will be presented. Lectures by some of the world's largest hotel management and eminent oenology experts will be given:
Charlotte Feugere (French Wine Tourism Association)
Yolanda Perdomo (Gastronomy Tourism Expert, ex director of Affiliate Membership Programme @ UNWTO)
Isabel Aguirrezabala Wurster (San Sebastián Turismo)
Iván Llanza Ortiz (Osborne Group)
Gennaro Iorio (Chef Caviste Caves Etablissements S.B.M. Cave Centrale de Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo)
Andrej Šimatić (Horwath HTL Croatia)
Ermanno Zanini (Capri Palace)
Fausto Arrighi (Michelin Guide Italia, ex director)
Moreno Cedroni (Madonnina del pescatore)
Mario Iaccarino (Don Alfonso 1890)
Emanuele Scarello (Relais & Châteaux World Culinary Council member)
Lucio D'Orsi (General Manager, Majestic Palace)
Franko Lukež, Hrvatski sommelier klub

And traditionally, three gala dinners led by Michelin-starred chefs will take place during Istria Gourmet Festival. Everyone interested will have the opportunity of meeting world's top chefs and enjoy their delicacies. Chef Roberto Cerea awarded with three Michelin stars will host a dinner at the Monte Mulini's Wine Vault Restaurant. Owner of two Michelin stars, Matteo Mettulio, will present his specialties in the Hotel Lone's ResoLution Signature Restaurant, where the third gala dinner led by two chefs will also take place. Giancarlo Morelli and Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will present all the diversity of Amazonian cuisine.

See you in Rovinj on 29th and 30th October!

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