Top Foodie Things to Do in Istria in May
May marks the beginning of tourist season in Istria. The rainy season is finally gone, temperatures are warm, and everything is blooming. By end of May, yo can also go swimming. If you’re looking to visit Istria before it gets crowded, May is the perfect time to visit.
This is also the month of the Open Wine Cellar Day in Istria (May 27) when over 70 renowned winemakers all over Istria open their wine cellars’ doors to the public. It is organized by the Istria Tourist Board and Vinistra (the association of winemakers and winegrowers of Istria). This is for sure wine-lover’s favorite day of the year.
NW Istria (Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla, and Buje)
Days of Asparagus in NW Istria (March 21 to May 13): 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.
Istria Wine & Walk in NW Istria (May 19): You are in for a treat: 11 km of an inspiring walk, meeting 9 first-class Istrian winemakers, 7 local producers and caterers and delighting in 7 tasting stops.
Gnam-Gnam Fest: The Sea on a Plate in Novigrad (May 20): Savory and varied fish and seafood dishes offered at promotional prices. Grilled calamari, fried sardines, seafood salads, fish stew, mussel stew and many other seafood specialties will find their place on the menu.
Brtonigla Wine Day in Brtonigla (May 27): Open wine cellars day & winery tour by train.
Central Istria (Pazin, Buzet, Groznjan, and Motovun)
Kaldir Fruits in Motovun (May 27): Fresh fruits market.
Wine Nights in Porec (May 5 to 12): Entertainment and culinary event presents the best bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Porec, and provides you with the opportunity to sample local cuisine and renowned Istrian wines.
Vinistra in Porec (May 11 to 13): Leading exhibition of wine and other gastronomic Istrian products such as grappa, olive oil, honey, cheese and prosciutto.
Vrsar and Funtana
Cuttlefish Festival in Funtana (May 25): Traditional folk festival accompanied by a rich culture & entertainment program and a gastro offer.
ItaliaFest in Rovinj (May 14 to 18): A fair of original Italian gastronomic products.
Olive Oil Festival in Fazana (May 5): Display of olive oil, tasting and awarding certificates and medals for the best olive oil producers.
Wine Exhibition in Barban (May 19): A committee made up of wine connoisseurs and experts oenologists takes place for wine evaluation the day before the event, and the festival itself is an event that is attended by a large number of visitors and the best wines are proclaimed.
Olive Oil and Wine Day in Vodnjan (May 26): Long-running Istria wine festival and extra virgin olive oil exhibition.
Run.Eat.Drink: Run 4 Teran in Sisan (May 26): This race series offers something different – wine and Istrian product tasting combined with running through the unforgettable picturesque landscapes of Istria.
Labin and Rabac
Kvarner Shrimp Festival in Rabac (May 26): Find out why Kvarner shrimps (scampi) are one of the most prized Mediterranean cuisine delicacies.
Other Events in Istria
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