Uspješno održan 6. Međunarodni festival Taste the Mediterranean 31. May 2019

The 6th International Festival Taste the Mediterranean is over. We are looking forwards to the 2020 edition

The 6th International Festival Taste the Mediterranean is behind us.

For four days the city of Hvar was the center of the Mediterranean. The rich program of the Festival which attracts professionals as well as foodies, has presented 30 different culinary masterclasses and workshops about the Mediterranean cultural landscape. The participating chefs and speakers came from 12 countries. There were 3 exclusive four hands dinners with international and Croatian top chefs, 3 wine tastings of Italian, Spanish and Croatian wines.

“From 2014 when it was founded, the Festival brings together the true lovers of Mediterranean gastronomy and enology, but also of the way of life that is characteristic of this area. Each chef presents the Mediterranean in its own unique way” says Ingrid Badurina Danielsson, director of the Festival Taste the Mediterranean.

“I’m proud that the town of Hvar has hosted some of the world’s best culinary stars, and prominent speakers from many countries for the second year in a row,” said Rikardo Novak, the mayor of Hvar.

Photos: Iris Ban

This year’s special guest was chef Bee Satongun, the best female chef in Asia for 2018 according to 50 Best Restaurants. Bee Satongun is the chef of Paste restaurant in Bangkok who has one Michelin star. On an exclusive four hands dinner at Laganini restaurant on the island of Palmižana, chef Satongun and chef Hrvoje Zirojević, the Croatian Chef of the Year 2019 by Gault&Millau Croatia, prepared together an amazing dinner, true fusion of Mediterranean and Thai cuisine.

The night before, at Divino Restaurant in Hvar, another exclusive four hands dinner was prepared by one of the best Spanish chefs, Vicente Patino chef at Saiti restaurant in Valencia, a BIB gourmand by Michelin, together with the young chef Nataša Vukmirović, chef at restaurant Divino.  Spanish wines were served during the dinner: Albali Verdejo Rueda 2018, Albali great selection Valdepenas 2017 and Castillo de Albai Tempranillo 2017.

The closing night dinner was held on the terrace of the restaurant Kod kapetana. The Italian chef Marcello Trentini from the famous Magorabin restaurant in Torino (1 Michelin *) and chefs Tonči Jerković from the restaurant Kod kapetana and Antun Matković Car prepared their famous specialties. While chef Trentini cooked a delicious risotto with shrimps, lemon and trufflesa, the Croatian team prepared the Pašticada, a typical Dalmatian dish with braised beef and potato gnocchis. Excellent Italian wines such as Cerasuolo Gianni Masciarelli 2018, Trebbiano Castello di Semivicoli 2015 and Merlot Marina Cvetić 2014 were served, as well as the extraordinary Marijan Private Selection 2013.

On the same terrace, during two days, International and Croatian top chefs presented the different aspects of Mediterranean gastronomy. 12 masterclasses, one hour each, to show the actual Mediterranean cuisine. Here are the chefs from Spain, Italy, France, Slovenia, Albania, Serbia and Croatia, and guests from Japan and Thailand: Hrvoje Zirojević, Vicente Patino, Bee Satongun, Lionel Levy, Fabricio Vežnaver, Ippei Uemura, Marcello Trentini, Vesna Miletić, Biljana Milina, Igor Jagodic, Sokol Prenga and Ljubiša Stojanović, with the assistance of the young French chef Alexandre Griche, from Hvar chef and the staff of the restaurant Kod kapetana.

Sommelier Daniel Čečavac presented the best wines from Dalmatia: Tomić, Duboković, Vujnović, Ahaerne from the island of Hvar, Stina from the island of Brač and Rizman from Pelješac. He also led the wine tasting of top Italian wines Marina Cvetic/Masciarelli together with Marina Cvetić who came personally to the Festival. Wine experts Siniša Koceić and Alen Gulan, from Split Winebox, presented the Spanish wines.

The International Conference “Sustainable Mediterranean Food Systems, Cultural Landscapes and Biodiversity” took place in the Arsenal as part of the Festival Taste the Mediterranean. The conference was organized in cooperation with Ecologica, the Ecological Institute of Zagreb. Speakers came from six countries: Italy, Ireland, Spain, Great Britain, Belgium and Croatia.

The visitors of the festival and the town of Hvar could walk along the Mediterranean market and buy traditional local products, olive oil, cheese, jam and pastries, made by the members of HOP – the association of Croatian island products.

On Saturday, the participants, the guests of the Festival and the foreign journalists visited Stari Grad and the little village of Velo Grablje where they met Ivo Grande Zaninović from the Pjover Association that aims to revitalize the village. Today Velo Grablje has only 12 inhabitants, but it used to be the island’s center for the production of lavender oil. Together with the local chef Igor Živanović, Ivo Grande prepared a dish with edible wild plants and homemade pasta served with the wines of Winery Marijan.

For all the participants of the Festival Taste the Mediterranean and the audience that followed it, the days spent on the island of Hvar were a unique experience of an exceptionally beautiful Mediterranean destination. It was all about sharing and exchanging.

Great thanks to everyone!

Thanks to all the participants of the Festival, foreign and Croatian chefs, speakers, producers, wine producers, to the restaurants Divino, Laganini and Kod kapetana, to their kitchen’s staff, to the journalists, the photographers, the filmmakers, the technicians and others without whom it would not be possible to hold the festival.

The 6th International Festival Taste the Mediterranean was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Commission for Unesco and the Ministry of Tourism, with the support of the City of Hvar, the Hvar Tourist Board, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Economy, Split County Chamber and in cooperation with Gault & Millau Croatia, Institut Français and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Zagreb. A great support to the festival was given by our partners: Kotanyi, Jamnica, Riso Gallo, Centaurus Gastro Hvar, Debic, Nadalina, Tartufi Karlić, Marina Cvetic / Masciarelli wines and Tomic, Vujnović, Marijan, Stina and Rizman wineries.

Special thanks to Jurica Tomičić, the owner of the legendary restaurant Kod kapetana and his staff. He was always at our disposal and offered us the terrace of his restaurant and the kitchen to hold the masterclasses of the chefs. Thanks also to the restaurants Divino in Hvar and Laganini on Palmižana for the great cooperation and the warm welcome to our chefs. Thanks to Ivo Grande Zaninović from the Pjover Association in Velo Grablje and Igor pl. Živanović.

For their generous hospitality in Split, we thank Zlatko Marinović from the restaurant Noštromo, the Nizić family from the Heritage Hotel Vestibul, Sandra and Dane Tahirović from the restaurant Zora bila, who devoted a special attention to chef Bee Satongun and her team, and made beautiful their two-day stay in the capital of Dalmatia.

And finally thank you to the media that accompanied Festival Taste the MediterraneanI