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April 2018

Olive oil and Chard festival – Padna, Western Slovenia

April 28, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Padna Padna, 6333 Slovenia + Google Map

Olive oil and Chard festival is celebrated in the beginning of summer in a village of Padna in Slovenian Istria. Padna is a small, picturesque village with less than 200 inhabitants, located in the hinterland of a beautiful coastal town Piran. Through the history village has become famous for its natural products, notably olive oil and chard, both popular ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine. Festival will feature farmer market, art program, free guided tour of the village, hiking tour, children events…

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May 2018

Wine and Chocolate Festival – Podčetrtek, Eastern Slovenia

May 5, 2018
Podčetrtek, Zdraviliška cesta 23
Podčetrtek, 3254 Slovenia
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Wine and Chocolate festival is an exciting event which combines the best selection of the wine and chocolate delicacies from Slovenia. The event is held in Podčetrtek; a natural health resort center, located in the south-east of Slovenia. Surrounded by many tourist attractions, this town stands in the center of Slovenia spa tourism. It bosts Spa and Wellness centers, a thermal park, leisure hotels and good culinary offer. The event offers many tastings, rich programme and an opportunity to shop…

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Tastes of Vipava Valley – Vipava, Western Slovenia

May 13, 2018 - May 14, 2018
Zemono Manor, Dvorec Zemono
Vipava, 5271 Slovenia
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Tastes of Vipava Valley - "Okusi Vipavske" celebrates the local products, culinary and wine heritage of this beautiful valley in the far west of Slovenia. With local farmer market, wine tastings, re-invented local dishes and tasting menus cooked by renowned chefs. Okusi Vipavske offers something for every visitor and is a great start to explore this region more in depth.

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Wine and Garlic Festival – Nova Vas nad Dragonjo, Western Slovenia

May 14, 2018 - May 15, 2018
Nova Vas nad Dragonjo,
Nova Vas nad Dragonjo, Slovenia
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(Source: https://www.slovenia.info) Wine and Garlic festival is a pleasant event, set in the small village close to Piran - gem of the Slovenian coast.  The event offers local wines, notably Malvasia and Refosco, garlic and local gourmet products.

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Refosco Festival – Marezige, Western Slovenia

May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Marezige Marezige, Slovenia + Google Map

Refosco festival is one of the oldest wine events in Slovenia. It is dedicated to Refosco – an indigenous dark-skinned grape variety and its wines. As it is usual the case with the Slovenian wine events, is not just all about the wine. You might get pleasantly surprised with complementary offer of local food products and presentation of cultural heritage of Istrian countryside.

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Festival Vinska vigred – Metlika, Southern Slovenia

May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Metlika Metlika, Slovenia + Google Map

Festival Vinska vigred is a traditional event, which takes place in the old town of Metlika. Much more than just a wine festival Vinska Vigred boasts wide selection of cultural events and many local specialties including the most famous Bela Krajina flat cake. During this 3 days event it is worthwhile to visit the other parts of the region and explore the beautiful landscape famous for its white birches, river Kolpa and interesting old towns Metlika,  Vinica ob Kolpi and…

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The week of the Cviček wine – Šentjernej, Southern Slovenia

May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Šentjernej, South Slovenia, Šentjernej
Šentjernej, 8310 Slovenia
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Traditional event The week of the Cviček wine celebrates iconic wine of South Slovenia (Dolenjska Region) - low alcoholic, light red wine, with characteristic acidity. Cviček has grown in popularity in the last decades and is now well regarded as a fresh, easy drinking, modern style wine. Additionally to low alcohol Cviček has very low level of remaining sugar and is therefore often recommended as a wine of choice for patients with diabetes. The week of Cviček wine presents many producers of…

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In the heart of the land of Terrano wine – Tomaj, Western Slovenia

May 26, 2018
Tomaj Tomaj, Slovenia + Google Map

Karst landscape(Source: www.slovenia.info) Terrano Wine home land in Slovenia is a Karst region, where the refosco  vine grows on the red soil called "Terra Rossa" or " Jerina". Terrano contains a lot of minerals and is widely recommended for its health benefits.  At some point in the past Terran was even sold in the pharmacies. This beautiful medicine will be presented by local wine makers on this event, they will open their cellars and invite you to the  tastings.

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Artichoke Fest – Strunjan, Western Slovenia

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Strunjan, Strunjan
Strunjan, 6320 Slovenia
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Coastal view from the hills above Strunjan (Source: www.slovenia.info). Strunjan is a small village on the Slovenian coast surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean natural vegetation protected as a Natural Part. Strunjan is hosting two fine food events yearly - the Artichoke Fest held traditionally in May and Persimmon Festival (which we also publish on this site), which takes place in the middle of November. Artichokes are the local products of the region and they will be offered in many different…

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Borderwine – Cividale del Friuli, Eastern Italy

May 27, 2018 - May 28, 2018
Canussio Castle, Via Niccolò Canussio
Cividale del Friuli 4, 33043 Italy
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Bordewine is a unique wine event which presents natural wines from 3 neighboring countries: Italy (Friuli Venezia Giulia), Austria and Slovenia. The Borderwine spreads the culture of wine "as it once was made" and the list of exhibitors includes many biodynamic and organic winemakers. The event is held in the castle Canussio (http://www.castellocanussio.it) in Cividale del Friuli, a town in eastern Italy. Although small, Cividale del Friuli has a rich history and it boasts beautifully preserved medieval town centre.

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June 2018

Wine Days in Brda – Brda, Western Slovenia

June 2, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Brda, Goriška Brda
Dobrovo, Slovenia
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Wine Cellar in Brda (Source: TIC Brda). Wine Days in Brda offers an excellent opportunity to explore  one of the most vibrant wine regions in Slovenia. Wine makers will open their cellar doors, and present their wines, among them indigenous and traditional wines from the region Rebula, Pikolit, Sauvignonasse and Verduc.

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Modra Frankinja – Blaufränkisch Festival – Sevnica, South-Eastern Slovenia

June 7, 2018
Sevnica Castle, Cesta na grad 17
Sevnica, 8290 Slovenia
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(source: www.slovenia.info, author: Iztok Medja) Modra Frankinja Festival – Blaufränkisch is an event solely dedicated to this exceptional but sometimes overlooked grape variety. Blaufränkisch is a popular grape across the wine regions in central Europe. In Slovenia is especially cherished in the south and east of the country. Interestingly, the German name of this variety Lemberger supposedly originates from the municipality Lemberg in Eastern Slovenia. The event takes place in the beautifully preserved Medieval Caste Sevnica and includes tastings, culinary delights,…

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Sladolent – Maribor, Eastern Slovenia

June 23, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Lent, Usnjarska ulica 10
Maribor, 2000 Slovenia
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Festival Lent is one of the biggest summer festivals in Slovenia and Sladolent is a culinary part of it. Set in the old part of the city Lent on the river banks the festival is a lively mixture of music, theatre, dance and other art performances. The food and wine part is taking an important role in the last couple of years. Sladolent features some of the best Slovenian chefs, offering their creations in the street food way.

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July 2018

Fishermen’s days of Hotiza – Hotiza, Eastern Slovenia

July 19, 2018 - July 21, 2018

During the traditional summer event known as the Hotiza Fishing Days, which abounds in cultural events and musical entertainment, you can learn about the lives and the unspoilt nature along the Mura river. The most important part of the event is definitely the fish, prepared in a traditional, more than a century old, way of the Hotiza village. Do visit the Hotiza Fishing Days and enjoy the exceptional surroundings, the coolness of the trees along the Mura river and the…

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