Istria Foodie Events in January

on January 2, 2020

Top Foodie Things to Do in Istria in January

January brings a slow start to the new year. Many restaurants are closed the first two weeks after the New Year,  giving thanks for the last year and getting ready for the new season. Restaurants participating in the Adriatic Squid Days, offering Adriatic squid delicacies on special menus, are popular with foodies at this time of the year. This is also a great time to visit spas to warm up and  relax, and enjoy delicious food and wine. Enjoy the tranquility of January!

NW Istria (Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla, and Buje)

Adriatic Squid Days (January): Special restaurant menus with squid dishes.

Central Istria (Pazin, Buzet, Groznjan, and Motovun)

Living nativity scene in Sv. Lovrec (January 6): Sv. Lovrec turns into Betlehem as the magic of Christmas is recreated by the local people and their animals.

Carnival in Cerovlje (January 17 to February 27): Largest carnival in central Istria.


Advent Porec in Porec (December 6 to January 6): Joyful Advent ambiance. Ice skating, concerts, performances, and Advent tastings and drinks in Matija Gubec Park.


Holidays in the House of Batana in Rovinj (December 21 to January 6): Gastronomy and music program.

Rovinj’s Winter Delicacies in Rovinj (December 18 to January 6): Visit Rovinj’s restaurants for their special gourmet offer of dry cured meat products, prosciutto, cheese, burgers, pasta, grilled meat, kotlovina, and various desserts like crepes, waffles, and fritule.

Antonja and Istrian Supa Festival in Rovinjsko Selo (January 17 to 18): Festival of wine and olive oil made by Rovinj producers.

Labin and Rabac

Carnival of Labin (January): Carnival festivities.


Foodie Events in Istria

For additional events in Istria, visit our Istria Events page and Istria Tourist Board website.

Foodie Events in Croatia

For additional events in Croatia, visit the Croatian National Tourist Board  website.


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