Istrian Gourmet Festival 2016

Croatian region Istria will host an Istrian Gourmet Festival on 10th October in Rovinj, precisely in the area of Old tobacco factory Rovinj. The culinary festival will present top lectures and show cooking by renowned chefs crowned Michelin stars, together with an opportunity to socialize and share experiences.


Istria Tourist Board in cooperation with hotel company Maistra for the first time organizes Gourmet Festival with their main goal to introduce new global trends and perspectives of possible development of Istrian enogastronomy which is a big part of their tourism focus and offer. In the first part of the festival program, it brings lectures aimed especially hotel companies and high class hotels and the second part of the event adjusted to caterers and all who are interested in gourmet theme. Fausto Arrighi, former director of Michelin guide will talk about the hospitality industry of more categories or what does one Michelin star means for the country, followed by a cooking show with Michelin star chefs Niko Romito (3 stars), Lionello Cera (2 stars), Nicola Portinari (2 stars), Emanuele Scarelo (2 stars) and Tomaz Kavčič.

Three thematic gala dinner will be also held during the festival in restaurants Rovinj Adriatic Hotel Monte Mulini and Lone, and conducted by chefs from restaurants with Michelin stars, so participants will have the opportunity to meet some of the world’s chefs and enjoy their delicacies.

Istria as a destination is getting more and more worldwide attention, also as a congress and business destination. And this is no surprise, since it offers an amazing scenery, together with some of top accommodation offer, their magnificent culinary, topped with wine roads, cycle paths and wellness offer. All together with Istrian hospitality, the destination deserves a special mark on the map of congress destination for this part of Europe, together with other Istrian destination like Umag, Novigrad, Poreč, Pula and Rabac.

The venue, complex of the former Rovinj Tobacco Factory is a unique place located in the heart of this Mediterranean pearl. Built in the 19th century in accordance with designs by Viennese architects, it is a preserved example of early industrial architecture in Croatia. Its revalued historic heritage has been turned into a modern conference centre that includes a concert hall and gallery, a tobacco museum, and a number of halls, or exhibition areas, which will host the Istria Gourmet Festival.