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Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival Set to Open in Zadar

The 3rd Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival set to start

The 3rd Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival is set to get underway in the Dalmatian city of Zadar next week.

This year’s festival, which will be held from 1st to 5th February, presents a combination and exchange of experiences of cultural, historical and natural Croatian and Japanese resources, together with a gastronomic experience.

The festival is divided into two parts, the professional part of the programme and the public one:

The professional section includes education and professional training of the best Zadar and Croatian restaurant chefs in culinary arts by Japanese sushi masters.

This will be attended by students of Zadar School of Hospitality, Tourism and Catering. A tour of Zadar and Zadar County is planned for Japanese guests and journalists.

The festival programme open to the public includes origami workshops in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, a visit to a local tuna farm, a presentation of traditional Japanese martial and defensive arts and skills performed by Zadar sports clubs, a lecture and a photo exhibition of Adriatic tuna at the City Lodge, a gala evening event in the Arsenal, a large public opening ceremony – a gastro event at the Main Square and a week of special offers of tuna specialties at Zadar restaurants.

The coordinator and organizer for the Japanese participants of this year’s festival is NPO JCEA Japanese Croatian Exchange Society from Osaka, led by Ms Yamasaki Jelena, which has been successful for 20 years as a bridge between Japan and Croatia by making various promotions and presentations of Croatian tourism, famous personalities from Croatian sport, culture, art as well as presenting original Croatian products and souvenirs at various fairs and events throughout Japan and by organizing Croatian promotional events in Japan. Web page: www.japancroatia.com

The festival is organised by the Zadar Tourist Board, in collaboration with City of Zadar, Embassy of Japan to Croatia, Croatian Ministry of Tourism, Croatian National Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Zadar County Tourist Board and NPO JCEA Japanese-Croatian Exchange Association.



11 a.m. Opening of the photo exhibition called “The Harvest” and the official opening of Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival 2017 at the City Lodge

Description of the exhibition: One day in the harvesting of tuna.
Duration of the exposition: 01.02.–05.02.

Photographer: Mr Danijel Kolega

Free entrance.

11.45 a.m. There will be a reception with snacks in the courtyard of the City Sentinel

1 p.m. Departure by boat to visit the tuna farm (TBC)


11 a.m. Lecture: Tuna Farming in Croatia – as part of the photo exhibition “The Harvest” at the City Lodge

Lecturer: Ms Krstina Mišlov

Lecture description: Tuna farming is based on catching pens in nature and then fattened in floating cages. There are two approaches to the commercial production of tuna – tuna fattening and farming. When we speak of fattening, larger specimens are caught and fed during a short period of usually four to six months, with the goal of increasing the amount of fat, which in turn has a huge impact on the price of the Japanese tuna market.

When we speak of tuna farming, young specimens are farmed during 2-3 years, to increase the weight of the fish and change the proportion of fat and meat. Farmed tuna almost entirely meets the standards of sashimi market, unlike caught tuna where only 30% is of the highest quality. Due to seasonal fluctuations in the quality followed by significant changes in the price of tuna on the Japanese market, in 1992 a project of tuna farming was launched in Australia. The attempt was to achieve the quality of meat that meets the needs of the demanding sushi and sashimi market by intense feeding of southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) in floating cages in the period from 3-6 months. The aim of farming is not to increase the biomass but to meet the specific requirements of sushi and sashimi market i.e. fat content, colour and taste.

A few years later a group of Croatian immigrants transferred their experience and lessons learned in Croatia, and in 1996 recorded the first experimental tuna fattening in Croatia, with a production of 36 t (Kali Tuna, island Ugljan). In Croatia the northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is being farmed. Today in Croatia there are 4 active companies for tuna farming on 5 locations. In Croatia we can talk primarily about the technology of small tuna farming, but also on tuna fattening.

Free entrance.


Each day three public workshops starting at 10 A.M., 11 A.M. and 12 hours. Each workshop lasts for 50 minutes.
Origami Workshops at the Archaeological Museum of Zadar www.amzd.hr in cooperation with the Croatian Origami Society

Origami workshops will be held by Ms Sanja Srbljinović Čuček

More: http://sanja-origamiart.blogspot.hr/


Tuna Specialities and Japanese Cuisine Week at Zadar restaurants – promotional offer of tuna specialties at Zadar restaurants


Professional section – education in Zadar School of Hospitality, Tourism and Catering

Education in classic traditional Japanese dishes for students of the Zadar School of Hospitality, Tourism and Catering conducted by Japanese sushi masters and famous Zadar masterchefs. MBS TV show’s MASTERCHEF Toshihiro Nakatsuji, a Japanese sushi master, will participate together with the professors and students of Zadar School of Hospitality, Tourism and Catering and Zadar chefs as well as assistant sushi masters from Japanese sushi restaurants in Zagreb and Split Ginger Sushi and Samurai.


“Tuna specialties at People’s Square and sushi specialties in the Arsenal”


* Opening of the programme – the Croatian national anthem “Lijepa naša domovino” (“Our Beautiful Homeland”) performed by the soprano Mayumi Kamei
* Public presentation of culinary skills and tuna specialties by Zadar restaurants at the
People’s Square
* The presenter of the event in the open is Mr Frano Ridjan
* Musical performance by Funky Sisters at People’s Square
* Photo exhibition of Adriatic tuna called “The Harvest” at the City Lodge

04.02. THE FORUM – Presentation of sports clubs at 11 a.m

* Presentation of the samurai bow and arrow skills in collaboration with Yumi Kyudo club at the Forum
MORE: http://www.kyudo-zadar.com.hr/

* Presentation of Aikido defence martial art in collaboration with the Aikido Club “Zadar” at the Forum
MORE: http://www.aikido-zadar.hr/aizd/#!/novosti

* Presentation of Kendo defence martial art in collaboration with the Kendo club “Ouka” at the Forum
MORE: http://www.kendo-zadar.info/

* Origami Workshops at the Archaeological Museum of Zadar in cooperation with the Croatian Origami Society


(MORE ABOUT THE ARSENAL: http://www.arsenalzadar.com/hr/index.php

* Event opening in the Arsenal – the Croatian national anthem “Lijepa naša domovino” (“Our Beautiful Homeland”) performed by the soprano Mayumi Kamei

* Welcome drinks by Maraska Liqueur Company – MORE ABOUT MARASKA: http://www.maraska.hr/

* Buffet dinner with tuna and sushi specialties and drinks at reasonable prices, in cooperation with Zadar Association of Caterers, Zadar Caterers Guild and Japanese sushi masters – MORE on ZAC: http://www.uzu.hr/www/

* Presentation and tasting of culinary skills and Japanese cuisine specialties and tuna specialties by Zadar restaurants

* Performance of Japanese sushi masters and preparing and tasting of sushi specialties by assistant sushi masters from Japanese sushi restaurants in Zagreb and Split Ginger Sushi and Samurai

* Performance of cutting tuna by the popular name “Maguro Kaitai” in Japan

* MBS TV show’s MASTERCHEF, professional chef and owner of the VIP chain restaurants and tuna cutter Mr TOSHIHIRO NAKATSUJI together with his co-workers will hold a performance for visitors of the gala evening event in the Arsenal and show how to cut fish needed for preparing sushi, forming of sushi and other tuna dishes with the help from sushi masters Tomislav Begić and Terumi Miyake from Ginger Sushi and San Okamoto from a Japanese sushi restaurants in Split.

* The presenter of the gala evening event is Mr Frano Ridjan

* Musical performance by a Japanese jazz singer Kayoko Minami & Black Coffee

* Musical performance by Jacques Houdek

* Presentation of a new brand ToroCro Maguro & WineCro (tuna from all Zadar region farms and wines recognizable in Japan from the Royal Vineyards)

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