Gastronomy Events - Zagreb County


Every autumn, the Fišijada and Political Fishing wine and food event is held. You can sample twenty different kinds of fis-paprikas and fish, all of which is prepared for visitors by members of the local Sport Fishing Society. Winemakers from Dugo Selo offer their wines, and the Womens’ Association offers homemade cakes.


Bučijada is a traditional gastronomic and economic event held every third weekend in August in Ivanić-Grad since 2004. This exhibition and sales fair is held in honour of the pumpkin, and numerous pumpkin growers, makers of pumpkin-related products and other organic and traditional products from Croatia and neighbouring countries exhibit and sell their products here. During the event, a special tourist excursion train called the “Pumpkin Express” rides from Zagreb to Ivanić-Grad. There is a rich entertainment programme for visitors young and old alike. Storefronts and houses are decorated with pumpkins. There are competitions for the largest pumpkin, the smallest pumpkin, the most unique pumpkin, the best-decorated stand, the best sweet and savoury pumpkin pies, and other pumpkin-based meals. During Bučijada, in addition to their traditional food selection, restaurants in Ivanić-Grad also offer various dishes and desserts made with pumpkin.


The Jastrebarsko Wine Jubilee is a traditional September event held yearly since 1992 to promote the wines and wineries of the region and announce the new harvest. With a rich daytime cultural and arts programme, a wine exhibition with tasting, sales, and food, the Eko Etno Jaska crafts fair, and an entertaining evening programme, this event is a must-see. The Jastrebarsko Wine Jubilee is also complemented by an exhibition on wine, the KotloVINA Show (a cooking contest using the kotlovina, a traditional Croatian cooking method), and numerous sports events. Candidates for Zagreb County Wine Queen, a contest to select a young female wine ambassador for the county, are also traditionally presented at the jubilee.


Samoborska salamijada began in the late 1980s on the initiative of Samobor’s top butchers and salami enthusiasts. Over the years, the event has grown into a tourist and business event that brings the city of Samobor to life in April. The goal of the event is to promote businesses from Samobor, local food, and Samoborska salama, a Zagreb County brand and a traditional product of Samobor.


The story of the savory rudarska greblica cake, which is today the trademark of every miner’s home, began a long time ago, when Rude (near Samobor) was still a mining area. The modest households of the time served this cake as a main course, available even to the poorest of families, and it was named after greblice, a wooden tool used to mix ashes in a brick oven. The only written record of the preparation of this cake was left by Milan Lang in his most significant work “Samobor – Folk Life and Traditions”, in which greblica is mentioned as a thin cake made with cheese and walnuts. Rudarska Greblica Days, an event dedicated to this cake, has been held in the first weekend of July in Rude every year since 1985.


A Millenium of Cuisine - a workshop of prehistoric, Roman, mediaeval, and traditional cuisine from Žumberak. As opposed to the scent of the earth or darkened museum spaces, for a few days in September, the town of Budinjak is filled with the scent of mint, Roman liquamen fish sauce, and exotic spices that mediaeval traders brought from their journeys through the Middle East. The scents of the past waft from culinary workshops, where visitors can try their hand at preparing meals according to historical recipes.


The lakes of Sveta Nedelja, a favourite destination of numerous local and foreign fishermen, are host to the Svetonedeljska Fišijada, held on the first Sunday in September, a traditional gathering of expert fis-paprikas master chefs in a contest to make the best fis-paprikas fish stew. Around 30 teams participate every year. A special attraction is also the preparation of fis-paprikas in the largest pot in Croatia (600 litres). More than 3,000 servings of fis-paprikas are served during Fišijada. Šaran s rašlji, skewered carp roasted on an open fire, is also a must-try local specialty prepared at the festival. Visitors can also enjoy a wide range of traditional meals and desserts and a rich entertainment programme.

The traditional Dragi naš kaj event (Our dear kaj), held in Sveta Nedelja in June, takes us back into the past and reminds us of the old way of life of the local folk. Visitors to this event featuring cuisine, folk history, and music, can get a feel for authentic village life in a number of improvised old country gardens, and can experience the charms of nearly forgotten ways of life. The local, traditional Kajkavian dialect is spoken here, and visitors can see, experience, and try their hand at washing laundry in a trough, chopping wood, cutting grass, feeding farm animals, working with old tools, and preparing traditional food and drink – distilling brandy, stomping cabbage, pressing grapes, baking bread, frying greaves, baking suckling pig…


Zelinska kestenijada (chestnut festival) is a festival held since 1998, with the aim of popularising time spent in nature in the Zelinska Gora hills and its forests through traditional chestnut picking and roasting. Near the mountain lodge on Kladeščica, at 406m above sea level, chestnuts are prepared in special roasting vessels and are served with young wine and other local specialties.

Continental Croatian Wine Exhibition - Sveti Ivan Zelina has a rich history of wine production, and it is the only town in Croatia that boasts a tradition of more than a century and a half of wine exhibitions. The importance of this exhibition is proven by the fact that its wine judges have rated more than ten thousand different wines, additionally emphasising Sveti Ivan Zelina as one of the most important towns in Croatia working to develop viticulture and the winemaking tradition. In addition to the competition and exhibition, at which more than 200 different wines are presented, the exhibition programme is filled with business meetings, presentations of the most recent achievements and technology in the field of viticulture, culinary events, and an entertainment programme.


The traditional Gastro Turopolja event in Velika Gorica has been presenting the offerings of local restaurants and producers of homemade food and drink for years. The festival includes Gastro Week in local restaurants and the Sunday Turopolja Lunch event with a rich selection of food and numerous other events. Visitors to the Sunday Lunch will have the opportunity to discover the cuisine of the Turopolje region, to enjoy the special dishes and flavours offered by local restaurants, and to enjoy an apple exhibition and a kotlovina (a traditional Croatian cooking method) and hunters’ goulash cooking contest, accompanied by exciting cultural and entertainment programmes.


Kaj su jeli naši stari (What Our Forefathers Ate) a culinary event originally conceived in 1981 as an exhibition where meals from the Vrbovec region would be prepared according to original recipes in order to keep them from being lost. However, this event has long since become more than just one relating to the Vrbovec reagion, and now includes the entire county. Every year, more and more participants, exhibitors, and organisations come from other parts of Croatia and neighbouring countries (Bosnia, Hungary, Slovenia) to present their cuisine. The event lasts three days, and it is traditionally held on the last weekend in August, featuring exciting cultural and entertainment programmes.


The Zaprešić Harvest Jubilee brings together its numerous participants (cultural and arts organisations, associations, guests, tractors and combines), who then march in a parade towards the wheat fields. The harvest begins with festive songs, bushels of wheat are tied by hand, and traditional and modern threshing methods are presented. After the harvest, homemade meals are served, prepared by the harvesters.


Kriški oblizeki dessert festival is the oldest dessert festival in Croatia, and it is held yearly in September. It was conceived as a competition in four categories (tortes, cream cakes, cookies, and traditional sweet or savoury cakes), and anyone who bakes a cake and delivers it with the recipe filled out on an official form can participate. The cakes are judged by an official jury, and awards are given for the most appealing and tastiest dessert, for the best use of ingredients, for the most original chef, the most creative chef, and the bravest chef! All of the donated desserts are sold at the exhibition, and the profits are donated to charity.


Gastro-eko-etno is a festival of the food, drinks, and desserts of the region surrounding the town of Zaprešić. It was conceived as a place to present the cuisine of Zaprešić, bringing together local restaurants and farms with neighbours from Krapina-Zagorje County and members of the “Exemplary Women of the Croatian Village” organisation. Each year in October, an increasing number of participants exhibit their delicacies. This event is intended to display the wealth and variety of the culinary offerings of this region on the Sava and Sutla rivers.

Kak su brali naši stari (How Our Forefathers Picked Grapes) is an event the purpose of which is to preserve the methods by which our ancestors harvested grapes and made wine. Harvesters are dressed in folk costumes and work in the vineyards with horse-drawn carts. The harvesters manually pick grapes and put them into the kegs they carry on their backs. They then empty the kegs into barrels. When the barrels are half-full, girls stomp the grapes with their bare feet to make young wine. After the harvest, with fine food and delicious wines, a folk party continues until late evening. The event is accompanied by rich cultural and arts programmes and local, traditional food, and it is also attended by the current Wine Queen of Zagreb County.


Kupa Evenings iis an event with a long tradition, the roots of which go back to the Noble’s Fair, a yearly event held in the same place during the 19th century. In recent times, the event is held twice yearly (in June and July). Kupa Evenings is a presentation of all of the wealth of the region surrounding Pisarovina, complete with various sports, cultural, arts, culinary, and entertainment events.


Bread Days is traditionally held every year on the first Sunday in October. The fruits of the fields, gardens, and orchards of Krašić are ceremonially blessed with thanks for the autumn harvest. It all begins with a morning mass and a blessing for first-year pupils of elementary school, who prepare the bread and produce and present it on the main square. Various associations and family farms from the Krašić municipality also present their products.



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