Istria is gourmet heaven. And you don’t have to take our word for it: according to The Guardian (a major UK newspaper) “Croatia's Istrian peninsula has a Tuscan feel, with small-scale wineries and a flourishing foodie scene.” And epoca360 can help you discover these gastronomic delights, bursting with all sorts of flavours.
All Croatians love food and make the most of the wealth of fresh produce from their land and sea, but for the best foodie experience, you need to come to Istria. Here you’ll experience a fusion of Balkan and Mediterranean cuisine, known especially for its diversity and seasonal delicacies, based on the freshest, local ingredients . So you can visit Istria time and again, at different periods of the year, and have a unique experience every time.
Spring is the season of wild asparagus, picked from the local hedgerows. Summer is all about fish and shellfish: dine next to the harbour on fish straight from the sea, or try mussels at a restaurant overlooking the beds they came from. When the leaves start turning and Autumn sets in, it’s time for wild mushrooms, picked in the local forests, and truffles from the hills around Motovun. Winter nights are for sitting in a snug local taverna, watching filling winter-fare being cooked on a huge, open fire – home-made sausages, prime beef steak and succulent pork.
As well as abounding with such traditional dishes, Istria is also forging itself a reputation for fine dining based on local, organic produce, with its young, dynamic chefs cooking up new twists on the old favourites, and creating some innovative and extraordinary dining experiences.
Of course food is only part of the story. Istria has more than 100 wineries and over 140 olive oil producers, many winning international awards, and limitless grappa producers with innumerable varieties - everything to round out a perfect meal. And it even has an excellent brewery with a diverse range of beers.
If you want the real 360º experience, you can go tasting – or, for a truly complete experience, start by helping with the grape or olive harvest and then, visit the farm where you’ll be shown the entire production process, and finish the day tasting the delicious end-produce.
Croatia also loves to celebrate its food and holds numerous festivals throughout the year. Time your visit round one of these and they’ll add a twist to your 360º gastro-experience.
Istria really is the perfect place for a taste-bud holiday, mixing traditional and fine dining, with food and drink exploration and festivities.
With epoca360’s knowledge of the huge range of gastronomic possibilities and our 15 years experience, trust in us to create your perfect, tailor-made holiday. We offer the entire package: accommodation, transport and activity guides, along with great restaurants and foodie experiences, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!
Contact us to create your own experience.