30. September 2021

Press conference in Split to present The Festival Taste the Mediterranean 2021

The 9th International Taste the Mediterranean Festival was presented at a press conference in Split. The director of the Festival, Ingrid Badurina Danielsson, the Economic and Trade Attaché at the Spanish Embassy in Croatia, Ana Mazo Martínez, the Corporate Communications Director for Tommy Group, Dario Mamić, the Director of the Split Tourist Board, Alijana Vukšić and the director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Joško Stella announced the programme and the participants of the Festival.

From 6 to 9 October Split will become the gastronomic center of the Mediterranean. The TTM Inernational Festival brings top world and local chefs whose restaurants have been awarded with Michelin stars and Gault & Millau toques. The chefs from seven countries will cook in the best restaurants in Split – Dvor, Kadena, Kinoteka, Zora bila and Zrno Soli – together with the host chefs and they will prepare exclusive Mediterranean six course dinners paired with top wines. For the grand opening evening the legendary chef Zlatko Marinović – Noštromo, will prepare a dinner for all the participants and guests of the Festival at the Fish market that for the occasion will turn into the most elegant restaurant.

This year for the first time 15 restaurants have joined the new initiative “Nights of Split restaurants” organized by Taste the Mediterranean and Tommy, the Premium partner of the Festival. This is intended to promote the local food and the Mediterranean/Dalmatian gastronomy. The restaurants included in this programme are Atlantida, Bajamonti, Brasserie on 7, Bokeria, Corto Maltese, Dujkin dvor, Fantažija, Konoba Fetivi, Konoba Marul, Mazgoon, Laganini, Pandora Greenbox, Portofino, Sidi bar and Šug. They will offer a special three-course Mediterranean menu and a glass of wine at a popular price on Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9. Tastes and aromas of the Mediterranean at every corner of the city will present Split as an authentic Mediterranean town with a rich cultural and historical heritage and a wide range of gastronomic offer: from fine dining to taverns.

The festival program was presented by Dario Mamić, Ana Mazo Martinez, Alijana Vukšić, Ingrid Badurina Danielsson, Joško Stella and the host Mirta Šurjak. Photo: Jadran Babić

The central events of the festival will be held at the Briig Boutique Hotel, where the participants of the panel “Restaurants during and after COVID” will gather on Thursday, October 7. The pandemic has hardly affected the tourism all over the world imposing new rules and models. Chef Vesna Miletić, Jelena Tabak, President of the National Association of Croatian Caterers, Chef Ippei Uemura, Filip Verbanac – Premium Spirits, HoReCa and Coffee Manager for Coca-Cola HBC Business Unit Adria and Ivo Vrdoljak, a restaurant owner, will discuss how the professionals from the hospitality sector are coping with the new challenges. The importance of waste management in the hospitality and hotel industry will be discussed at the panel “Zero waste” on Friday, October 8. The panelist are: Nataša Kalauz – CEO of WWF Adria, chef Lionel Lévy – President of Gourméditerranée, Suzana Musa – CEO Veneficus and Francesco Pantalone – General Manager of the Bellevue Hotel in Mali Lošinj.

Siniša Koceić, sommelier i chefovi Zlatko Marinović Noštromo i Dane Tahirović

Siniša Koceić, sommelier and chefs
Zlatko Marinović Noštromo and Dane Tahirović.
Foto: Jadran Babić

The main goals of the Festival are the exchange of experiences and the networking with other Mediterranean countries, as well as the education for the hospitality school students and professionals. Therefore the program includes culinary masterclasses by top foreign and Croatian chefs, as well as workshops for the students of the private catering school Oliva Allegra, the University College Aspira in Split and the high school Jure Kaštelan in Omiš. The panel discussion “Learn and make your dreams come true” is also intended for young people who want to invest in their knowledge to become future cooks, barmen and waiters. Kruno Rozić, head of education at the Raise the Bar Academy, will explain how they can get a scholarship for training in prestigious world culinary schools. Pastry chef Tea Mamut, chef Nikolina Putica, chef Deni Srdoč from the restaurant Nebo, Hotel Hilton Costabella in Rijeka and Tonči Drlje – gastronomy manager at Aspira will share their experiences about learning in an international environment.

Taste the Mediterranean has established a special cooperation with Spain, which is for the second year the partner country of the Festival. During the Spanish day it will be possible to taste the Spanish food, wines and olive oils. The famous chef Maria Jimenez Latorre will prepare a Spanish gala dinner at Hotel Park, hosted by chef Goran Šikić.

The connoisseurs of the wine scene, sommeliers Alen Gulan, Siniša Koceić and Rajner Rogulj from Vinolike will hold the exclusive wine tastings of the Spanish wines, as well as of the Italian Heroic wines, while Dr. Mirella Žanetić will present the Spanish extra virgin olive oils.

A group of chefs from the French association Gourméditerranée is coming to the festival to present the gastronomy of Provence and the south of France, as well as the French international gastronomic initiative Gout de France.

On Saturday, October 9, the participants of the festival will discover the beauties of Omiš and the canyon of the river Cetina and enjoy the delicacies of Radmanove mlinice (Radman’s mills) and Arsana Tasting House in Omiš.It will be an exciting promotion of Split and Dalmatia as a leading Mediterranean food & wine destination and the Croatian Mediterranean identity.

The Festival is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Split-Dalmatia County, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and the City of Split Tourist Board.