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Zadar to host 12th annual Fig Festival on 6-7 September

(Photo: Zadar Tourist Board)

ZADAR, 30 August 2019 – Zadar on the Dalmatian coast will be the place to be for fig fans next week when the annual Fig Festival will take place. 

Visitors to the 12th annual Fig Festival will have a chance to taste a variety of different figs, learn how to make fig jam, take part in workshops and much more over the festival which will be held on 6 & 7 September 2019. 

The two-day festival will be held at two locations – at Peter Zoranic Square and the Museum of Ancient Glass. 

The fig tree arrived in Croatia thanks to the Greeks and Phoenicians. Most figs are grown on the west coast of Istria and in Dalmatia. Figs are mainly eaten as a fresh fruit, dried, or used an ingredient to make jam, brandy or medicines.

Figs contain 88% water, many minerals, vitamin B and even have 0.66% of fiber. In 100 grams of figs, there are 80 calories and dried figs are a great source of energy – 276 calories per 100 grams. 

They are also said to help treat and prevent a number of diseases.The Festival of Figs is a manifestation by which the city of Zadar and the Zadar County.

This year’s festival hosts an international expert gathering at which the most renowned experts in the field of fig cultivation and processing will hold lectures. This will provide an opportunity for the local producers to get acquainted with the latest trends in the cultivation and processing of figs.

The lectures will be delivered by: 

prof. Moshe A. Flaishman: Fresh fig industry – Progress and challenges

prof. Branka Levaj; Fig processing,

prof. Željko Prgomet; Status and prospects of fig cultivation in the Republic of Croatia

On Friday, September 6, 2019, at the Museum of Ancient Glass, starting at 1 pm, the central event of the festival will be held – Gastro Fig, with tasteful delicacies made of fig.

The central event will take place on September 6 and 7, 2019 at the Five Wells Square throughout the day, with a fig fair attended by a dozen local producers, who have a variety of fig delicacies in their offer.

The founder of the festival is Sandra Babac, producer of the delicious and healthy fresh fig eco-marmalade  “Šinjorina Smokva” (Fig Queen), who launched the festival with the intent to help not only its product but fig products and figs in general.

Fig Festival programme

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