The programme of the festival Taste the Mediterranean, which will take place in Hvar from the 22nd to 25th of May 2019, was presented in Kotanyi Gourmet Club in Zagreb
Hvar – the island of the Mediterranean
6th International festival Taste the Mediterranean, which will take place from 22nd to 25th of May in the town of Hvar, will welcome top for chefs from Croatia and abroad, crowned with Gault&Millau toques and Michelin stars, as well as experts in the field of ecology, agriculture and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean. The rich festival programme was presented in Zagreb, in Kotanyi Gourmet Club, along with the cooking show of chef Fabricio Vežnaver from the Istrian restaurant Pergola, (Great chef of tomorrow 2019 by Gault&Millau Croatia), who will also hold a culinary masterclass in Hvar.
“The Croatian Mediterranean diet is included on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, and Hvar is a UNESCO island and an ideal place for a festival that celebrates Mediterranean gastronomy, culture and lifestyle. Special guest of this year’s festival is chef Bee Satongun, Best female chef in Asia for 2018 by the prestigious list 50 Best Restaurants from Paste restaurant in Bangkok, who will hold a masterclass and prepare an exclusive four-hands dinner with chef Hrvoje Zirojević, the holder of the title Chef of the year 2019 Gault&Millau Croatia, in the Laganini restaurant on Palmižana. Two more exclusive dinners will be held at restaurants Divino and Kod kapetana in Hvar“, announced Ingrid Badurina Danielsson, Director of Taste the Mediterranean festival. She also presented the partner companies Kotanyi, Riso Gallo, Centaurus Gastro Hvar, Winery Tomić and pointed out that the Taste the Mediterranean festival is held in cooperation with the Town of Hvar, Hvar Tourist Board and Croatian National Tourist Board, as well as Gault&Millau Croatia and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Croatian Commission for UNESCO and Ministry of Tourism.
As a part of the programme, other chefs – Gault&Millau Croatia 2019 laureates, will hold culinary masterclasses: Traditional cuisine chef of the year 2019 Vesna Miletić, Pastry chef 2019 Biljana Milina. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn from the Spanish chef Vicente Patino, one of the best chefs in Valencia from the restaurant Saiti, chef Marcello Trentini from the restaurant Magorabin in Turin, chef Lionel Levy from the restaurant Alcyone in Marseille and chef Ippei Uemura from the restaurant Le Tabi in Marseille. The festival will also welcome chefs Sandra and Dane Tahirović from the restaurant Zora Bila in Split, Igor Jagodic, Chef of the year 2019 by Gault&Millau Slovenia, chef Sokol Prenga, promoter of Albanian gastronomy and chefs Nataša Vukmirović, Tonči Jerković, Antun Matkovic Car and Igor pl. Živanović from Hvar.
The rich festival programme also includes an international conference “Sustainable Mediterranean food systems, cultural landscapes and biodiversity“, presented by Sonja Karoglan Todorović, Director of the ecological Institute Ecologica from Zagreb, partner of the Taste the Mediterranean festival. The problems and possible solutions concerning the environment, Mediterranean cultural heritage, healthy Mediterranean diet, tourism and agriculture are going to be discussed by respected experts from Croatia and abroad. The festival will welcome Nenad Starc, PhD, from the Institute of Economics Zagreb, famous winemaker from Hvar Ivo Duboković, crops expert Riccardo Franciolini of Rete Semi rurali Italia, Sani Sardelić from Korčula Town Museum, Cinzia Scaffidi from the University of gastronomic Sciences Slow Food in Pollenzo in Italy, Brigida Marovelli from Trinity College in Ireland, interior designer from London Ana Zenić, Kunti Moureau from the association Belgian Food Mood, Veronika Gamulin from the Stari Grad Museum, Adela Duboković from LAG FLAG Škoji, Darko Znaor and Mauro Carbone, Manager of the Italian Ente Turismo Alba. At the workshop “I have the right to eat healthy” children will learn about the importance of healthy diet, which includes Mediterranean foods.
During the festival, Mediterranean market will be set on St Stephen’s square (Pjaca), where small producers will offer home-made products such as cheese, olive oil, salted sardines, jams and other delicacies.