Top Foodie Things to Do in Istria in April
Visit Istria for Easter so you can feel the tradition and excitement with this holiday that marks the beginning of the tourism season. Read more about Easter in Istria. This is also the season of wild asparagus and special menus throughout Istria based on fresh asparagus.
NW Istria (Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla, and Buje)
Days of Asparagus in NW Istria (March to May): Relish in imaginative, delicious and fragrant delicacies made from Istrian wild asparagus, ranging from the renowned “fritaja” (omelettes), soups, homemade pastas and risottos to ingenious combinations with meat and fish and scrumptious desserts. Restaurants throughout NW Istria are participating in this event.
Easter in Umag (April 21): Easter festivities.
Musical Easter in Novigrad (April 21): With a symbolic gift in the sweet scents and flavors of the most important Christian holiday, Novigrad will once again welcome guests on the streets of the old town center with traditional melodies and tones.
Asparagus Festival in Kastel (April 26 to 28): Since the asparagus has become a true symbol of Kastel, every year a varied cultural-entertainment, wine-gastronomic and sports program is prepared in its honor, attracting an increasing number of visitors.
Istria Wine and Walk in Momjan (April 13): 7 km walk with four refreshment stops with a selection of wines by four famous Istrian wineries and delicious authentic Istrian delicacies, along with plenty of good music and dancing.
Asparagus Festival in Novigrad (April 29): The Asparagus Festival is the first in a series of gourmet events, part of Novigrad Gourmet Festival beginning in late April and running through to October. Each of these events focuses on one aspect of the local cuisine – the first event is dedicated to the wild asparagus.
Central Istria (Pazin, Buzet, Groznjan, and Motovun)
Presentation of Wines in Gracisce (April 22): Exhibition of wines of Central Istria, proclamation of best wines, whole day wine tasting in typical restaurants of Gracisce with evening entertainment program.
Omelette (fritaja) Weeks in Central Istria (April 1 to 30): Various restaurants in Central Istria offer this traditional Istrian dish in combination with various ingredients, primarily spring wild herbs.
Istrian Pinca under the Baking Lid in Zminj (April 14): Festival of Easter breads, pastries, and other delicacies.
Easter in Porec (April 19 to 22): Traditionally, sweet aromas and tastes of Easter, the biggest religious holiday, welcome Porec visitors at the main town square during the Easter weekend.
Vrsar and Funtana
Fisherman Festival in Vrsar (April 26): Enjoy the wine and pilchard, this traditional meal of every fisherman and spend an enjoyable evening at the waterfront in one of the lovely coastal towns of Istria.
Easter in Rovinj (April 20 to 22): In Rovinj Easter is traditionally a three-day celebration full of customs and festivities. It is a time when citizens of Rovinj and their guests enjoy traditional Easter food.
On the Paths of Rovinj Delicacies (April 6 to 13): During the event, visitors will have the opportunity to sample delicacies in famous Rovinj restaurants at promotional prices.
Weekend bike and gourmet tour in Rovinj (April 6 to 7): Riding a bicycle is a pleasure in itself. And when added to that is the possibility of tasting Istrian delicacies, wine and olive oils, then the pleasure multiplies. That is exactly what the Weekend Bike & Gourmet Tour amateur cycling experience offers and which takes place twice a year, in spring and autumn.
Tastes of Our Fields (April 20): Enjoy the Rovinj olive oils, wines and seasonal agricultural products, and musical program.
Easter in Pula (April 20): Easter festivities.
Easter in Fazana (April 20 to 22): Easter festivities.
Olive Oil Festival in Fazana (April 6): Display of olive oil, tasting and awarding certificates and medals for the best olive oil producers.
Olive Oil and Wine Day in Vodnjan (April 27): Istria wine festival and extra virgin olive oil exhibition.
School of Salting Pilchard in Fazana (April 27): Competition in salting pilchard, tasting and buying salted and marinated pilchard as well as pilchard dishes, lecture on the traditional way of preserving, processing and preparing pilchard.
Labin and Rabac
Easter Breakfast in Rabac (April 20): Easter celebration in Rabac harbor.
Spring Gastro Rhapsody in Labin (April 1 to 30): Chefs will show you how to prepare two delicious spring meals – one made of ingredients from Green Istria and the other from Blue Istria.
Foodie Events in Istria
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