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April 2019

Orange Wine Festival – Izola, Western Slovenia

April 26, 2019
Izola, Palača Manzioli, Manziolijev trg 5
Izola, Slovenia
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Orange Wine Festival in Izola is dedicated exclusively to orange wines, which are essentially white wines produced in a similar way as the red wines – with longer maceration time, extracting more colours and substances from the grape’s skin. The venue is hosted in one of the oldest buildings in Izola, more than 500 years old Manziolijeva palača (Manzioli Palace) which will add additional flair to the tasting experience. The event website is in Slovene, so we recommend to use…

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Brda and Wine – Šmartno, Western Slovenia

April 27, 2019
Šmartno, Brda Šmartno, 5211 + Google Map

Brda and Wine is a traditional event in the village of Šmartno in the heart of Brda wine region. Close to the Italian border, the event introduces the best from both countries – presented wines come from Slovenian Brda and Italian Colio. Both regions have done a huge step forward in the last decades and are now considered as one of the premier wine regions in their home countries. Guided tour and tasting excellent traditional of the local food, will also be offered.

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Olive oil and Chard festival – Padna, Western Slovenia

April 27, 2019 - April 28, 2019
Padna Padna, 6333 Slovenia + Google Map

Olive oil and Chard festival is celebrated at 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 history, the 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 2019

The Kranjska Gora International Culinary Festival – Kranjska Gora, Western Slovenia

May 7, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Kranjska Gora Kranjska Gora, 4280 Slovenia + Google Map

International Culinary event with competition and food stands taking place in a mountain town, Kranjska Gora. Enjoy great food, beautiful landscape and views of the Julian Alps.

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Tastes of Vipava Valley – Vipava, Western Slovenia

May 12, 2019 - May 13, 2019
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 the 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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Festival Vinska vigred – Metlika, Southern Slovenia

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019
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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Specialties of Slovene farms – Ptuj, Eastern Slovenia

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Dominican Monastery Ptuj, Muzejski trg 1
Ptuj, Slovenia
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Specialties of Slovene farms is the largest event of its kind in Slovenia. It offers a huge variety of awarded food, wines, and spirits from the farms from all over the country. The products can be tasted and purchased: the fair also boasts a lively cultural program. This is the event with a long tradition and is a great opportunity to find out more about typical products of Slovenian farms. The event takes place in the beautiful old Dominican Monastery.…

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The week of the Cviček wine – Šentjernej, Southern Slovenia

May 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019
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 Teran wine – Tomaj, Western Slovenia

May 25, 2019
Tomaj Tomaj, Slovenia + Google Map

Teran Wine homeland 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 winemakers on this event, they will open their cellars and invite you to the tastings.

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Artichoke Fest – Strunjan, Western Slovenia

May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Strunjan, Strunjan
Strunjan, 6320 Slovenia
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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 varieties. You’ll be able to taste some autochthonous dishes…

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PortoRose2 – Rose & Rosé Festival, Portorose – Western Slovenia

May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Portorož, Portorož
Portorož, 6320 Slovenia
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Portorose hosts exclusive event in the beautiful rose gardens, located right in in the center of this coastal town. The festival blends the artistic events, horticulture and rose wine tasting. The event is a perfect introduction to the summer season with fresh and tasty wines and blues and jazz music.

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Borderwine – Cividale del Friuli, Eastern Italy

May 26, 2019 - May 27, 2019
Monastero di santa Maria in Valle, Via Monastero Maggiore, 34
Cividale del Friuli, 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 beautiful monastery Monastero di Santa Maria in Valle (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…

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Pop Up Wine Festival – Novo Mesto, Southern Slovenia

May 31, 2019
Grm castle Novo Mesto, Skalickega ulica
Novo Mesto, 8000 Slovenia
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Pop Up Wine Festival is you, a dynamic event held in Grm Castle in Southern Slovenia.  Festival boasts an impressive list of winemakers and interesting culinary offer.

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June 2019

Open Wine Cellars Day (DOK) in Brda – Brda, Western Slovenia

June 1, 2019 - June 2, 2019
Brda, Goriška Brda
Dobrovo, Slovenia
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Once a year, when spring slowly becomes summer, when the sun warms up fruitful land and endless vineyards of Brda, best winemakers open their cellars and create an unforgettable experience to visitors. Wine Days in Brda offers an excellent opportunity to explore one of the most vibrant wine regions in Slovenia. Winemakers 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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Refosco Festival – Marezige, Western Slovenia

June 6, 2019 - June 9, 2019
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 usually the case with the Slovenian wine events, is not just all about the wine. You might get pleasantly surprised with a complimentary offer of local food products and presentation of the cultural heritage of Istrian countryside. Since the event webpage is in the Slovene language, please right click and select an…

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

June 6, 2019
Sevnica Castle, Cesta na grad 17
Sevnica, 8290 Slovenia
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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, it 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, guided tour of…

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“Zelen” wine festival – Vipavski Križ, Western Slovenia

June 8, 2019
Vipavski Križ, Vipavski Križ
Vipavski Križ, 5270 Slovenia
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Zelen is a native white wine variety which homeland is a picturesque Vipava valley in western Slovenia. The festival takes place in Vipavski Križ, small, medieval hillside town. Although small the town has several interesting sightseeing, reach history and the flourishing wine culture (http://www.vipavskadolina.si/en/splosno/vipavski-kriz).  

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Sladolent – Maribor, Eastern Slovenia

June 20, 2019 - June 29, 2019
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 2019

Polenta Festival – Ozeljan, Western Slovenia

July 6, 2019 - July 7, 2019
Ozeljan Ozeljan, 5261 Slovenia + Google Map

Polenta Festival will once again fill the streets of Ozeljan, the small village in western Slovenia. Ozeljan lies close to the city of Nova Gorica in the entrance of the beautiful Vipava Valley. The event celebrates Polenta, an ancient dish from the Roman times has become through the history an essential part of North Italian and Slovenian cuisine. In Ozeljan you will be able to taste polenta in many different varieties, some traditional and some surprisingly innovative. The gastronomic event…

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Peach Festival – Prvačina, Western Slovenia

July 17, 2019 - July 21, 2019
Prvačina Prvačina, 5297 Slovenia + Google Map

Peach Festival a pleasant foodie weekend event which includes plenty of entertainment, educational and family programs. The festival takes place in lower Vipava valley which mild climate is ideal for cultivation of peaches and other fruits like apricots, persimmons and figs. The event will feature farmers market with product from peaches:  desserts, jams, spirits and many more. Especially popular is “Bovla” -a refreshing drink from local wine and peaches. The visit of the festival might also be opportunity to explore Vipavska…

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Fishing days of Hotiza – Hotiza, Eastern Slovenia

July 19, 2019 - July 21, 2019
Hotiza village, Srednja ulica 28
Lendava, 9220 Slovenia
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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 unspoiled 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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August 2019

Saltpans Feast – Piran, Western Slovenia

August 25, 2019
Tartini square Piran, Tartini square
Piran, 6330 Slovenia
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Saltpans Feast revives the great tradition of salt production in the Slovenian Coast. The artisan manufacturing of salt has started 700 years ago. Today the salt is still produced by hand and the whole process has not changed much since the old days. More information on salt production can be found here: http://www.soline.si/en. Saltpans Feast is held on Tartini square in the centre of the beautiful coastal town of Piran. The event will offer a demonstration of the salt making…

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