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In the month of November, the third November Gourmet Ljubljana will take place in Slovenia’s capital. The festival marking Ljubljana and Slovenia as culinary destinations of Europe is aimed at enriching the tourist experience of Ljubljana in one of the otherwise slowest months of the year. For the whole month Ljubljana will transform into the gourmet hub of Slovenia. Slovenia’s most important culinary names, top winemakers and brewers, producers of food, Ljubljana’s restaurants, etc, will provide numerous and rich culinary events for leisure as well as businessa and congress guests.

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Photo credit: Marko Delbello Ocepek, Ljubljana Tourism Photo Library

Visitors will get the opportunity to discover the city’s and region’s typical dishes and beverages through diverse programmes. Ljubljana was shortlisted for the Best Food Destination 2019 for its Green Supply Chains project that was launched by Ljubljana Tourism. One of the Green Supply Chains experience will be the Ljubljana Breakfast running from 4 to 10 November. Another initiative of Green Supply Chains is the Locally Grown Food Exchange that will be presented on 14 November.

Other highlights of the festival will be events presenting wine and beer producers through the Ljubljana Wine Route – St Martin’s Day in Ljubljana on 9 November and through the Taste Ljubljana label. The 22nd Slovenian Wine Festival will take place on 14 and 15 November, while on the 28th the Little Wine School will take place for those who want to get some extra in-depth knowledge on the grape elixir. For those loving beer, there will be three events: on 13 November a panel talk, on 20 November two dinner events with beer pairing, and 27 November with wine and beer food pairing.

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Photo credit: Marko Delbello Ocepek, Ljubljana Tourism Photo Library

Ljubljana Tourism will organize culinary walking tours, like Taste Ljubljana, Ljubljana Beer Experience, Ljubljana Wine Experience, and Let’s Meet at the Market. In addition, the festival will feature several boutique events such as themed lunches and dinners by innovative chefs. Even more, diverse themed workshops will be on hand, presenting healthy bread-making techniques, workshops on how to boldly use spices from around the world, as well as the Latte Art Coffe and tea brewing workshop.

In the mid-November, the 66th Slovenian Hospitality and Tourism Convention, a nation-wide meeting of experts, will be held with live competitions, lectures and a charity gala dinner. While on the 22nd of November a special issue of the Gault & Millau Ljubljana / Ljubljana Quality will be presented.

Photo credit: Marko Delbello Ocepek, Ljubljana Tourism Photo Library

The highlight of the gastronomic experiences within the November Gourmet Ljubljana will be again the November Gourmet Finale co-created by the renowned names of Slovenian cuisine on the 22nd of November. The event offers new experience of Ljubljana tastes including those winning in the contest called ‘New Taste of Ljubljana’. This finaly ceremony will prepare modern interpretations of traditional local food.

Photo credit: Nejc Mekiš, www.gourmet-lj.si

Ljubljana has been for a while a rising culinary star, not just with the November Gourmet Ljubljana and with the first European Food Summit, but also due to its recent international recognition as being shortlisted ranking for the prestigious The Best Food Destination title. The award will be announced as part of the International Travel & Tourism Awards at the World Travel Market in London, one of the globally most renowned tourism fairs. In addition, Slovenia is also a rising international culinary star with being named the European Region of Gastronomy of 2021.