Croatia, divided into four distinctive regions – Istria, Slavonia, Dalmatia and Central Croatia – will be presented at the Green Week by fifty exhibitors, large and small agri-food companies and family farms, alongside a national restaurant with traditional dishes.
Year after year, Croatia and Germany continue to reaffirm their friendship, and not only in the field of diplomatic and economic relations. As the partner country of this year’s International Green Week in Berlin, Croatia will introduce Germany and the world to its agriculture and food industry, from the best European agricultural stage – the International Green Week. Croatia, divided into four flavour regions—Istria, Slavonia, Dalmatia and Central Croatia—will be represented by about fifty exhibitors, large and small agri-food companies and family farms, which will showcase many Croatian gastronomic delicacies and autochthonous protected products, while the visitors of the fair will have the unique opportunity to taste the products of Croatia in the national restaurant in Hall no. 10, where renowned Croatian chefs will prepare recognisable, traditional Croatian dishes.
Croatia’s agriculture is characterized by an abundance of resources and potential for agricultural production and processing, and the successful cultivation of a large number of agricultural crops is the result of diverse natural conditions in a geographically small area, as well as a result of various cultural influences throughout history. Diverse agricultural cultures and diverse natural conditions equals varied food. In Croatia it is possible to find a large number of autochthonous treats, from kulen and dry-cured ham to fish and top-quality olive oil, truffles and Dingač wine. Visitors of the International Green Week fair will have the opportunity to taste every Croatian delicacy, to participate in numerous competitions and win tasty prizes, straight from Croatia.
Introducing the regions of Istria and Kvarner and the regions of Slavonia and the Croatian Podunavlje (Danube Region)
Croatian wines, olive oils, fish, spicy cured meat product called “kulen” and the precious mushroom with a unique taste – the truffle are just some of the Croatian delicacies that everyone who’s interested will be able to “cheer up” their taste buds with. The numerous facts about Croatian food and beverages production are precisely a guarantee of satisfaction and an invitation to come and taste, so according to the natural conditions for the cultivation of vines, there are four winemaking regions and even 12 sub-regions, and quality and premium wines make up about 70 per cent of the total wine production in Croatia. The widely recognized quality of Croatian olive oils has been known since the Roman times, and today, despite their modest production, five Croatian olive oils have been recognized at the EU level with the protected designation of origin. Kulen, the award-winning traditional Croatian meat delicacy known around the world, is a story in itself, a national culinary treasure which should be given special attention.
Dalmatia and central Croatia at the Berlin Fair
Croatia is famous around the world for a number of delicacies, among which dry-cured ham, cheese and tangerines are certainly worth mentioning. Each dry-cured ham is a distinctive delicacy-tasty smoked pork meat, but Dalmatian dry-cured ham is characterized by a full-bodied flavour and a characteristic aroma and smell. Cheese lovers are recommended to try the “Paški sir” cheese, the pride of Croatian gastronomy within the EU. Namely, it is the 24th Croatian product whose name has recently been entered in the European Union register of protected designations of origin or protected geographical indications. The “Neretvanske mandarine”, tangerines from Neretva, are another Croatian product which has found its place in the Register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGI), and the Neretva Valley is an area that produces up to 60 tonnes of top-quality fruit each year.
The large number of recognizable, original and protected products guarantee Croatia’s willingness to protect and cherishes the quality of its products, and besides “Dalmatinski pršut” (Dalmatian dry-cured ham), “Paški sir” (Pag cheese) and “Neretvanske mandarine” (Neretva tangerines), there is also “Krčki pršut” (dry-cured ham from the island of Krk), “Ekstra djevičansko maslinovo ulje Cres” (extra virgin olive oil from the island of Cres), “Ogulinsko kiselo zelje / Ogulinski kiseli kupus” (sauerkraut from Ogulin), “Baranjski kulen” (kulen from the Baranja region), “Lički krumpir” (potatoes from the region of Lika), “Istarski pršut / Istrski pršut” (dry-cured ham from the region of Istria), “Drniški pršut” (dry-cured ham from Drniš), “Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjak” (Poljica savoury pie), “Zagorski puran” (turkey meat from the Zagorje region), “Krčko maslinovo ulje” (olive oil from the island of Krk), “Korčulansko maslinovo ulje” (olive oil from Korčula), “Paška janjetina” (lamb meat from Pag), “Šoltansko maslinovo ulje” (olive oil from Šolta), “Varaždinsko zelje” (Varaždin sauerkraut), “Slavonski kulen / Slavonski kulin” (Slavonian kulen), “Međimursko meso’z tiblice” (Međimurje smoked pork), “Slavonski med” (Slavonian honey), “Lička janjetina” (lamb meat from Lika), “Istra”, “Paška sol” (Pag salt) and “Zagorski mlinci” (Zagorje mlinci flatbread).
The International Green Week 2020 gives the opportunity to all gourmets to get to know the specific Croatian flavours of the Croatian national cuisine in Berlin, put together by Croatian chefs in a traditional Croatian way. Every day of the fair, the visitors will be able to enjoy dishes like fuži (a traditional type of pasta) with truffles, lamb chops, seafood risotto, fish dishes, pašticada (a traditional meat-based dish), turkey with mlinci (a traditional type of dried flatbread), štrukli (a type of dough filled with a variety of fillings which can be either cooked or baked) and many other delicacies originating from the country characterized by a great variety of landscapes, agricultural crops and flavours.