Chestnut Festival is a traditional autumn weekend event, happening in Vitovlje, small village in the Western Slovenia, not far from Nova Gorica. The hillsides around Vitovlje are famous for its Chestnut friendly terroir. Chestnuts which can be found here are marrons – the chestnuts of excellent quality and larger in size as the one usually finds in forests around Slovenia.
The event takes place the 3rd weekend in October when the chestnut season is at its peak. This year it celebrates 21st-anniversary. On Saturday the event features music and dance. On Sunday topics are tradition, culture, and culinary. The highlight of this year’s event will be traditional chestnuts dishes “vitovska kuhna” .
If time allows this event can be used to explore other things Vitovlje and surroundings have to offer, from wine and tourist farms to ”osmice” eight days periods when farmers can offer their homemade products at their homes. Osmice take place all through the year, the list of upcoming events can be found on http://www.osmice.info/.