The Good Food Festival, which runs from October 20 to 23, 2016 in Dubrovnik, is a unique event that puts a spotlight on the culinary specialties of the region, adding even more variety to the old city’s tourist offerings in the autumn months. Launched by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the festival features interesting and new gastronomic programs, presentations of traditional dishes typical of the Dubrovnik region, and a number of educational programs and workshops that both adults and children can enjoy.
The 3rd edition of the festival will give visitors an opportunity to taste a rich offering of regional wines and delicacies, take part in culinary workshops to learn how to prepare delicious local dishes, take a Sights & Bites culinary tour through the streets of the Old Town, explore a Sweet Tooth Map and special menus at local restaurants, and enjoy an entertainment program that will include a traditional Korčula sword dance.
The four-day festival kicks off with local primary school pupils telling the story of “The Three Golden Apples” at the Tourist Information Centre at Pile Gate to celebrate the World Apple Day. The festivities then move to the Lazaretto, where a workshop will be held on preparing traditional dishes as part of the Year of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. Meanwhile, Stradun will welcome local hotel and restaurant chefs, bakers, winemakers and confectioners, who will present their culinary delights on a table that spans the entire main street.
The festival will also feature dishes from other parts of Croatia, as well as international gastronomical offerings. The cuisine of Karlovac County, home to the Guinness Book of World Records strudel, the Austrian city of Graz, the island of Mljet and the distant land of India will all be presented over the four days of the festival. Guests will hear stories of Dubrovnik shipbuilding, winemaking and the family traditions of the Krile family. Additionally, they will learn how to make homemade pasta, jam and traditional Dubrovnik sweets, and get insights into edible herbs and raw foods at several workshops.
A healthy and homemade goods fair will be held during all four days of the festival. Visitors will also get a special 100 kuna festival menu at 30 local restaurants and an opportunity to taste the local wines at the city’s wine bars and try the local homemade honey, jams, liqueurs, wines, prosciutto and cheeses at Pile Gate.
Accommodation on the Dubrovnik Riviera
Guests looking for a memorable holiday can book their stay at the newly opened Villas Srebreno. The three refurbished villas – Villa Srebrenka, Villa Lovorka and Villa Supetar – offer luxury accommodation in spacious 4-star apartments overlooking the Adriatic. Located by a beach in the village of Srebreno near Dubrovnik, the villas offer excellent food at the local taverns and snack bars and easy access to the Old Town and other landmarks of the Dubrovnik Riviera. Travellers looking to visit Dubrovnik in the spring or summer of 2017 can get special promotional rates if they book early.
Guests staying at the villas are free to use the large indoor and outdoor pools, sunbathing area, Wellness and Spa Centre and the Fitness Studio of the nearby Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel. The Sheraton offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, tennis courts, Turkish and Finnish saunas, and a range of beauty treatments to ensure that guests have a truly relaxing holiday.