The Istrian gourmet offer is unimaginable without truffles - the unique delicacy with intensive smell and taste that has been loved from the Roman times. It was served on French court and among Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. The truffle is one of the most esteemed ingredients in the world gastronomy. It grows in some parts of Italy, France and Istria due to mild climate.
Istria is well-known as a truffle region - for its quality white truffles, often awarded. Truffle, also known as the “Istrian treasure” can be found on the area of Pazin, Buje and Buzet, in the Mirna River valley and Motovun forest.
The peak season for white truffle is October - so that most events connected to truffles and their tradition are organized in the period between September and November.
One of the most visited events is Days of the Zigante Truffles held in Livade from mid-September to mid-November. It encompasses truffle dishes exhibit, international wine exhibit, truffle hunt in the Motovun forest as well as a culinary show with local and foreign chefs.
You can try and buy both black and white fresh truffles as well as over 50 other truffle products. If you visit on a weekend, a quality and diverse program with a gourmet offer is guaranteed.
Livade Tuber food fest is held in October in Livade. During this two day event, visitors are offered a number of activities connected to the truffle tradition in Istria.
Visitors can take part in the choosing of the fair’s biggest truffle, truffle auction, gastronomy workshops for preparing various truffle dishes as well as demonstrative truffle hunt with an experienced hunter. Enjoy in the gourmet truffle dishes at affordable prices with good wine and entertainment for everyone.
At the beginning of November visit Buzet where another Truffle Weekend awaits. Interesting programs dedicated to the Istrian truffle, along with truffle exhibit and fair, gather renowned producers of other products like wine, schnapps, cheese, prosciutto, honey, jam and olive oil.
It is another chance for Istrian eno - gastronomy offer lovers to mingle and find something for their refined palates. Sporting fans will find something for them - the MTB and trekking race - Truffle hunt.