Istria Gourmet Festival
Along with exciting exhibitions, top-quality tennis matches, and a diverse entertainment program, the 30th anniversary of the tournament in Umag will be celebrated with an exceptional gourmet offer at the Istria Gourmet Festival. Between July 13 and July 21, the must-visit destination for all the visitors of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag will feature an even more ambitious program and a more diverse offer of Istrian delicacies.
The renowned Michelin-recommended Zigante Restaurant, which specializes in preparing truffle-based dishes, has been offering dishes with this exquisite ingredient as well as other traditional Istrian dishes for a few years now.
Another not-to-be-missed destination for all the foodies out there is Naša Kužina by Pelagius, which serves traditional Istrian dishes such as fish and meat delicacies, olive oils and cheeses.
The Taste Istria Zone will also host a booth run by the Badi Restaurant in cooperation with Electrolux. Badi has also been recommended by Michelin and is a member of the prestigious Jeunes Restaurateurs association. The visitors will be able to enjoy many different fish specialties, including marinated tartar made from white fish, mint, onions and red pepper.
The RougeMarin food truck, belonging to chef Marin Medak, who has launched the burger revolution in Croatia, will attract the visitors with the burgers that have made him famous in Zagreb as well as a number of other interesting dishes, while grill lovers will be able to enjoy grilled specialties at Fredi’s Bar.
Foodies attending the Istria Gourmet Festival will be wowed by the culinary show starring Italy’s youngest Michelin-star holder, Matteo Metullio. This young but experienced chef won his first Michelin star in 2013 when he was just 24. Attendance at this event has to be reserved in advance.
Along with top-quality food offer, the visitors will be able to enjoy fine wines, especially since Istria is a region known for its wineries and award-winning wines. This year, wine lovers will once again be offered Istrian wines as well as other Istrian delicacies such as prosciutto, cheeses and olive oils.
All those who wish to learn more about wines will be able to attend wine tasting events titled Hidden Charms of the Istrian Wines, where seats are always in high demand. Hosted by the well-known sommelier Emil Perdec, these events will feature wines by select Istrian winemakers – along with tasting the wines in question, the visitors will also learn some interesting facts about wines and wine tasting. On the last day of the tournament, the ATP Wine of the Year, chosen by the visitors, will be announced, and the award will be presented to the winning winemaker by Croatia’s head of state.
This year, the Plava Laguna Lounge, which hosts renowned business people, will surprise its guests with the latest drinks, while those in search of refreshments will be able to enjoy perfectly chilled drinks at the Stella Artois VIP Bar.
The variety of tastes available at the Istria Gourmet Festival will give a true gourmet experience to all its visitors, including tennis players and stars of the Party Program, who never miss the chance to enjoy Istrian specialties.
Taste Istria Card is a special card that allows you to have contactless payment of tasting in the zone
Official patron of the gourmet section - Umag tourist board
Patron of the Istria Gourmet Festival - Podravka