VIŽINADA, 1 August 2019 – The Sweet Istria (Slatka Istra) festival is held every year on the eve of Assumption Day, on August 14th, in the centre of the Istrian village of Vižinada.
This year will be the 23rd anniversary of the event which celebrates the sweet Istrian culinary tradition and which brings you its scents and flavours and takes you back to ancient times when Istrian craftsmen and women prepared traditional Istrian sweets.
The event validates the past and its customs, the landscape and its people. This event are attending housewives and househusbands preparing sweets according to old recipes, like fritule, kroštule, cukerančić, paštine, pandešpanj, pinca, breskvice, bucolaj and povetice, as well as a special homemade selection of cakes called ‘istarske užance’.
While the jury assesses the sweets, visitors can enjoy the presented sweets and also try the unique wines of the local wineries, along with a rich music programme. The last couple of years Slatka Istra also has a humanitarian note, as the exhibited sweets are being sold for humanitarian purposes and the collected funds are passed on for a predetermined cause of social character.
The festival continues on the second day on 15 August in Vižinada when the Sveta Marija Vela feast is celebrated. Danijela Martinovic and Farabuti will be performing.
Programme for 14.08:
14:00 – ‘Fazan’ hunters association event at Hunters House in Vižinada
17:00 – 19:00 – Ex tempore Slatka Istra – kid’s workshop – Maraston House
18:00 – Opening. Exhibition of traditional Istrian cakes ‘SLATKA ISTRA’ – school hall
18:00 – Football match “NK Vižinada” – Fabrika
18:00 – Exhibition and degustation of wine, oil, and local products from Vižinada – main square
18:30 – Expert lecture: Intangible Culture Istria – lecturer: Ivona Orlić – Maraston House
19:00 – Presentation how traditional Istrian cakes are made – Maraston House
19:30 – Concert- Brass Band ZT Vižinada – orchestra Špinčići from Kastav
19:30 – Exhibition Slatka Istra – Maraston House
21:00 – Tara & T band , Klapa Iskon
22:00 – Best cake ‘SLATKA ISTRA 2019’ named