The truffle is the supreme delicacy that had been enjoyed by the Mesopotamian rulers 4000 years ago, and it is still one of the most prestigious foodstuffs in world gastronomy. This intense flavour royal mushroom was known to the ancient Greeks and the Roman emperors, and it was also served at the French court and among the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. It is very rare and it grows only in several locations in Europe - in some parts of France and Italy and in Istria, favoured by mild climate, small temperature variations and grey clay soil.
The white and the black truffles have their natural habitat in the Istrian truffle 'Bermuda' triangle between Pazin, Buje and Buzet, especially in the valley of the river Mirna and in the Motovun Forest. They grow underground, and they are searched after by specially trained dogs.
October is the top season of the white truffles, which are also the most expensive and the most valuable truffles. At that time, numerous events are held every weekend to celebrate this indisputable king of mushrooms in Livade, the well-known truffles centre near Motovun. But, even before and after this period, throughout most of the autumn, Istria lives in the rhythm of truffles with the abundance of festivities dedicated to this noble mushroom.
The guests that come from the whole region are presented with the typical truffle dishes: fuži, pljukanci, gnocchi, fritada and various meat combinations. There are also many exhibitions and fairs, with plenty of excellent opportunities to meet the world of this magic, aromatic tuber known for its aphrodisiac features.
08.09. Buzet, Square Fontana
Subotina with Giant Truffles Omelette (2018 eggs and 10 kg truffles)
15.09. - 18.11. Livade (on weekends)
Zigante Truffle Days
20.10. Motovun, Square Andrea Antico
IX Teran and truffle festival
20.10. - 21.10. Livade
The white truffle fair
Celebrity show cooking
Truffle auction sale
Truffle search demonstration
Agricultural products fair
03.11. - 04.11. Buzet
Exhibition and fair of truffles and homemade autochthonous products
Truffle Days 2018
In the heart of the Motovun forest, one of the most important areas for harvesting the white truffle in Istria, Zigante Tartufi Days are being held each year. This long manifestation is being held over ten weeks during autumn.
That is expensive tuber that is literally measured in grams of gold like a magnet for visitors, according to local and foreign guests from Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria and even distant Japan, who are constant visitors to this unique project.
It was this event celebrated the Livade as a world center of the Istrian white truffles, and turned this place into a single marketplace, only one of its kind in the country. Truffle Fair and Exhibition is an ideal opportunity for exploring and tasting truffles and its presentation.
In addition to the absolute king of Istrian cuisine, here you can find other indigenous products, which in its tradition and quality attract interested tasters and consumers from around the world: wine, olive oil, cheeses, honey, brandy-herb and other traditional Istrian products.
The gastronomic offer is the result of collaboration with the best wineries and olive oil. For all visitors entering the fair is free of charge.
Gastronomic event and contest for the Best Goat of Istria
Fair of traditional crafts and an exhibition of Istrian souvenirs with cultural and artistic program
Projected as a festival of Istrian souvenirs, the event brings together producers of the original Istrian souvenirs and the old traditional craft makers. It has become a traditional event that annually attracts an increasing number of exhibitors, participants and visitors.
Recreational MTB bicycle ride & gastronomy offer
Celebration of the Pazin Decisions
Celebration of the Pazin Decisions of 1943 proclaiming the annexation of Istria to the then Yugoslavia
TZ Središnja Istra
10:00 - 18:00 h
7th exibition of cactuses and succulents
10th fruit and fruit products festival
Udruga Mladih Kaldir
TZ Središnja Istra
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