Top Foodie Things to Do in Istria in October
October is the month of truffles and there are plenty of events where you can enjoy various dishes flavored with truffles. The most popular festival is the Zigante Truffle Days in Livade that runs for 10 weekends and gathers truffle lovers from Croatia and all parts of the world, not only for the truffles but also for other Istrian delicacies. This is also the month of chestnuts, sole fish specialties, the famous International Prosciutto Fair, and Croatia Restaurant Week. The weather in October is cool, with summer breathing its lasts gasps but sunny days still common, perfect for enjoying nature, truffles, and other foodie events celebrating new produce of the season.
NW Istria (Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla, and Buje)
Sole Fish Days in NW Istria (October 12 to November 18): Try delicious meals made with sole fish.
Novigrad Autumn Festival in Novigrad (October 20 to 21): Festival dedicated to mushrooms and apples.
Aminess Wine & Gourmet Nights in Novigrad (October 26): Gourmet specialties at Aminess Hotel in Novigrad.
Mushroom Days in Brtonigla (October 27 to 28): Mushroom picking, exposition, and tasting.
Gnam-Gnam Fest: Istria on a Plate in Novigrad (October 28): Festival with Istrian delicacies and local wines.
Central Istria (Pazin, Buzet, Groznjan, and Motovun)
Zigante Truffle Days in Livade (September 15 to November 18): Truffle Fair and Exhibition for exploring and tasting truffles in diverse forms of preparation. Also available are wine, olive oil, cheese, honey, brandy-herb and other traditional Istrian products.
Festa of Fruti in Kaldir (October 6): Fruit and fruit products festival.
Mushroom Exhibition in Pazin (October 12 to 13): Mushroom festival and educational programs.
Chestnut Festivity in Oprtalj (October 14 to 17): Festival of chestnuts and its products.
Teran and Truffle Festival in Motovun (October 20): Tasting of Teran wine and truffles.
ISAP in Tinjan (October 20 to 21): International Prosciutto Fair.
New Wine Festivity in Svetvincenat (October 27): Festival of the vintners from Istria, Croatia and abroad, held in Svetvincenat for over 40 years.
Review of Istrian Grappa in Hum (October 28): Brandy exhibit that is organized every year in Hum, the smallest town in the world.
Istra & Craft Beer Festival (October 4 to 7): Festival of small craft brewers, accompanied by music and delicious food.
Vrsar and Funtana
Koversada Cup in Vrsar (October 7): International fishing cup.
Weekend Bike and Gourmet Tour in Rovinj (October 6 to 7): Bike riding and tasting of Istrian delicacies, wine and olive oils.
Aromas and Flavors of Istria in Pula (July 7 to October 6): Tasting and sale of original Istrian agricultural products on Saturdays.
Foodie Events in Istria
Foodie Events in Croatia
For additional events in Croatia, visit the Croatian National Tourist Board website.
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