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Croatia’s Surf’n’Fries Breaks into Vietnam

Croatia20Croatian fast food brand Surf’n’Fries are now moving into international markets after conquering parts of Croatia…

Surf’n’Fries, who specialises in fries and sauces, recently claimed to be the first in the world to make French fries without using a drop of oil via their new SURFFRY technology, a revolutionary method to cook fries using moisture from the potatoes and hot air at 250 C for a few minutes. The Rijeka-based chain has grown at home in Croatia, and now the company have announced an attack on the international market. In just a few weeks Surf’n’Fries are set to open in Montenegro, Macedonia and of all places, Hanoi in Vietnam.

“With regards to Vietnam, work has nearly been completed and we are very excited about that. We are planning to open their at the start of December. We are very happy to entre Vietnam because it is a growing market of around 90 million people and there is huge potential there,” said franchise co-owner Andrija Čolak.

Surf’n’Fries, which was founded by Čolak and Denis Polić in Rijeka in 2009, trades in seven countries with over 40 outlets. The pair, who came up with the name because of their love for fries and surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, operate a ‘royalty fee’ franchise model for their business, where the franchisees sign agreements with the master franchise.

Burns Night to Raise Money for SOS Children’s Village in Croatia

burnsBurns Night 2015 in Zagreb to raise money for SOS Children’s Village charity….

The SOS Children’s Village project operates across the globe, helping those young who have – for one reason or another – found themselves without parents or parental care, with no bias given to race, nationality, or creed. First established in the aftermath of the Second World War, the project has sought to alleviate the suffering of those who are the victims of wars which they did not begin, or of social circumstances which they had no part in creating.

Today there are over 530 villages worldwide, and over 2300 supporting facilities. The SOS Children’s Village has been active in Croatia since the early days of the Homeland War, helping those who lost family and those who were displaced by the conflict.

1382911_10152793793808604_1704459372441240210_nChildren are, and have always been, the most valuable asset a country can have. Within the project they can develop without fear, and earn an education with which they can, in turn, contribute positively to society.

Burns Night 2015 is a gala event being organised by members of British House, the Esplanade Hotel, and the United Kingdom Friendship Society, and with the kind media support of Croatia Week and Soundset Plavi. It will be held on the night of January 17th, 2015, and will be an evening of feasting, drinking, and dancing. Those who wish to buy a ticket may do so by emailing info@dpuk.hr (tickets are HRK 500), but those of you who are unable to attend but wish to donate to the charity can do so by sending what you can to:

Drustvo prijatelja ujedinjenog Kraljevstva

Bascanske ploce 25, 10 000 Zagreb
IBAN: HR4824020061100643129
SWIFT (BIC): ESBC HR 22

Use the note “CW Burns 2015″ so that we know what the deposit is intended for. Thank you very much

[VIDEO] Croatia’s Beauty Showcased in Ultra Europe’s Official 2014 Aftermovie

SWCThe highly anticipated official Ultra Europe aftermovie, which showcases Croatia’s beauty, has been released…

Ultra Europe successfully completed their 2nd year in Split last summer. Now the marketing machine has started for 2015 with the release of Ultra Europe’s 2014 video ‘To The Sun‘, The official aftermovie of Ultra Europe 2014. Ultra Europe includes some of the biggest names in EDM (Electronic Dance Music). With its European festival held at Poljud Stadium in Split and an add on beach party (last year held on Hvar Island).

The current trend is for festival goers to combine their trip to Croatia with a week of party sailing. Sail Week Croatia specialise in combining the two: a week of sailing + Ultra Europe. Their concept is partying and sailing with like minded people from all over the world at the most popular locations in Croatia like Split, Bol, Makarska, Hvar and Vis.

This year was the first year of Ultra Sail Week.“This season was our first for Ultra Sail Week, and it was well received. The highlight of our summer, we had things like flyboarding and a massive beach party in Bol.” said Vincent Radonich from Sail Week Croatia, saying that Ultra Sail Week attracts people from all over the world.

“I had an unbelievable time and made amazing new friends from all over the world. The music, parties beautiful locations was just a bonus” Brett, Australia.

“People get to dance all night at a natural cave night club, have crazy afternoon beach parties at some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, go to the renowned clubs like Carpe Diem in Hvar and Fort George in Vis, experience what it is like to have a spontaneous yacht party with your own onboard DJ. And of course there will also be opportunities for relaxing, swimming and chilling,” said Radonich.

Croatian Off to Bali for ‘Best Dive Job in the World’

LorenaLorena Derežanin, the only Croatian who was in the race to win “The Best Job Dive in the World”, an international competition organised by Blue Season Bali resort, is off to Bali…

We promoted Lorena two months ago to try and help her get votes and yesterday we received news from her that she had done it. Lorena (27), who is from the capital Zagreb, is one of eight candidates that will travel to Bali in May next year to compete for the Grand Prize while taking on a challenging six-week-training program to become certified PADI Divemasters. During the last week, the eight competitors will face the final elimination round. One by one they will be eliminated until the final winner is revealed.

Ultimately, ONE Winner will take the Grand Prize, which includes all the necessary training to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, standard accommodation while in training, a complete set of Aqua Lung gear, a Suunto D6 dive computer, a waterproof Intova HD camera, all the learning material needed to succeed, examination and registration fees, and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali. Well done, Lorena!

Thousands of Candles Lit to Mark Vukovar Remembrance Day

VukovarCroats in the capital Zagreb lit thousands of candles last night on the eve today’s Vukovar Remembrance Day, which is held to commemorate victims from the 1990’s homeland war in the eastern town of Vukovar…

Every year on the night of the 17th of November, Zagreb locals place candles along a 10 kilometre stretch on Vukovar Street to remember war victims from the eastern city.

Every year on the 18th of November the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar is marked in Croatia. During the 87-day siege of Vukovar by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) between August and November 1991, 1,624 people were killed, including 12 children, 1,219 were wounded, and more than 350 Croatian soldiers unaccounted for. More than 22,000 Croats and other non-Serbs were also expelled from the city.

Vukovar was defended by around 1,800 lightly armed soldiers of the Croatian National Guard and civilian volunteers, against 36,000 JNA soldiers. On 18 November, the last defenders in Vukovar’s town centre surrendered.

Croats Pay Respects on All Saint’s Day

CroatiaCroatians all over the country will head to graveyards to light candles and lay flowers for deceased relatives as All Saints’ Day is observed in Croatia on Saturday…

All Saints’ Day, also known as Solemnity of All Saints, or The Feast of All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven and is a national holiday in Croatia.

The beautiful Zagreb cemetery Mirogoj will again attract massive crowds with spectacular sights just before sunset as the candles begin to take effect. Croatian government officials again also will pay their respects to all those who died during Croatia’s war of independence at Mirogoj cemetery.

Tito Museum Opens Near Vrgorac

josip-brozBusts, badges, a watch and a baton are just some of the memorabilia on display at the Josip Broz Tito museum which has opened recently in village of Kokorići, which is situated near Vrgorac in the Dalmatian hinterland…

The museum was opened by Zvonimir Pervan, who told news agency Hina that around 30,000 euros had been invested in setting up the Tito museum. Pervan says that the museum has created interest since opening, with a number of foreign tourists, notably Slovenes and Germans, visiting.

A number of items are on display at the museum, including over 2,000 badges, a gold watch owned by Tito, 20 Tito busts, 15 tapestries with his effigy, and a baton used in The Relay of Youth, a race which started in his birth town Kumrovec and ended in Belgrade on his official birthday.

Concert to Honour Legend Dražen Petrović Who Would Have Been 50 Today

CroatiaThe greatest basketballer to ever come out of Europe, Croatian Dražen Petrović, would have been celebrating his 50th birthday today….

A concert by the philharmonic orchestra to mark the occasion will be held this Saturday at Zagreb’s Vatroslav Lisinski hall in honour of the great man. Under the baton of Leopold Hager, the orchestra will play amongst other pieces, Mozart, fitting for a man who was nicknamed ‘Basketball’s Mozart’.

Born in Šibenik on 22 October 50 years ago, Petrović was just 28 years of age when he was killed in a car accident in Germany after returning from playing for Croatia in Poland on 7 June 1993. Voted the Best European Basketballer in History, Petrović enjoyed an illustrious career with the New Jersey Nets, averaging 20.6 points in 36.9 minutes on the floor, and nearly leading all NBA guards in field goal percentage (51%). He did not miss a single game. Dražen also won Olympic basketball medals, as well as a gold and a bronze at the FIBA World and European Championships.

Croats Celebrate Independence Day

Croatia91A national holiday today marks Croatian Independence Day, a day where Croats celebrates the unanimous decision of the Croatian Parliament – Sabor to terminate the link between Croatia and SFR Yugoslavia….

“Dear citizens of Croatia, I wish you all the best for Independence Day. It is one of the most important days in Croatian history, which we remember with pride. This is also an opportunity to wish the Republic of Croatia, all citizens of our homeland, a prosperous future,” President Ivo Josipović said in an address to mark the occasion.

The Croatian referendum on independence was held in May 1991, with 93% of voters supporting the independence. On 25 June the Croatian Sabor proclaimed the Croatian independence and seven days later, on 7 July, Croatia and Slovenia signed the Brioni Declaration in which the two countries agreed to suspend all declarations and acts passed by the Croatian and Slovenian parliaments related to those states’ secession from Yugoslavia for a period of three months. On 8 October, the Sabor decided to end relations with Yugoslavia, in the Decision on the termination of the state and legal ties with other republics and provinces of Yugoslavia. That session was not held in the House of Parliament but instead in the basement of an INA building, because of the possibility of the repeat of an incident such as the bombing of Banski dvori.

Locals Stunned as Woman in Peugeot Jumps Tisno Bridge

CroatiaLocals in Dalmatian town of Tisno could have been forgiven for thinking that a stunt scene for a movie was being filmed this morning…

Locals were left in shock when a woman in her mid 40s jumped a raised bridge, which connects the island of Murter with Tisno, at around 9am this morning. The Peugeot-driver reportedly gathered speed and successfully made the jump from one part of the bridge, which was raised around two and a half metres, to the other side.

“Despite the red light being on she passed the ramp as I made a gesture and shouted at her to stop. She hit the gas and made the jump over the bridge, which was raised at least two and a half metres. I could not believe she made it, she then stopped and went for a coffee,” bridge worker Tomo Mejić Sidić told Šibenik IN.

The woman, who made a loud thud when she hit the other side, has another female passenger in the car.