Wine & gastro trip
Gourmets and gastronomes, do we have a treat for you! Get to know Croatia’s capital through the lens of food, and participate in a workshop where you’ll be making traditional lunch dishes from our continental cuisine.
Croatian cuisine is very diverse. Pretty much every region of Croatia has its own culinary tradition, which is not necessarily well known in other parts of the country. The continental part of the cuisine, which is the focus of this trip, is heavily influenced by neighbouring countries and nations — Austrian, German, Hungarian and in parts even Turkish — and is well established in our capital.
You’ll get to know Zagreb through a journey of flavours and aromas, sampling delicacies and interacting with locals that have something to do with food, like the local vendors in the largest farmer’s market. But you’ll also attend a fun workshop where you’ll get hands-on experience in preparing authentic local lunch dishes.
|Trip available||Any time of year|
|Suitable for||2-4 people|
|Price per person||from 462.00 €|
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Activities are taking place in Zagreb
You will shop at Dolac, Zagreb’s largest farmers’ market. You need to get all the ingredients for a typical local lunch. Your instructor will be there to help you out
Prosciutto, premium olive oil, and wine from coastal Croatia are all exceptional but prepare yourself for spicy Kulen, traditional Croatian sausage made of minced pork
Try some cakes and coffee in the bustling downtown, or go grab a beer in one of many craft beer houses and pubs
In the culinary studio you’ll assume the role of a chef and prepare a simple Dalmatian marenda
Locals usually have a specific market vendor (kumica), butcher or a fruit seller that they keep returning to at the Dolac market, and call them “their own”. The friendly bond between them is usually what makes the fruit taste sweeter, vegetables healthier, cheese creamier and meat more delicious. While your stay may not be long enough to bond with one yourself, you’ll visit the Dolac market twice during this trip and both time accompanied by market regulars: first time as part of the culinary workshop in a quest to get your ingredients, and second time as part of the foodie tour that will include the indoors part of the market as well.
After arriving to Zagreb and checking in to your 4-star hotel, take some time to get to know the city. Stroll down the beautiful Zrinjevac park to downtown, and afterwards visit the Zagreb Eye viewpoint at the top of the skyscraper overlooking the ban Jelačić square.
You will be dining at the national restaurant Vinodol in the very centre of the city, which is a primary destination when it comes to traditional specialties of continental and Mediterranean cuisine. Your menu will be as follows: The new fish story (a cold platter for two including octopus salad, salty anchovies, cod fish in bianco, tuna or swordfish cooked in olive oil, smoked mussels, marinated Adriatic shrimp and Pag cheese), Zagreb steak (fried veal steak stuffed with ham and cheese) with baked potatoes, homemade bread and a hot chocolate dessert with homemade vanilla ice cream.
After dinner, we recommend that you visit some of the beer houses/pubs of Zagreb craft scene. They found their home in Opatovina, the ancient part of the city. The warmest and the most charming among them is Tolkien’s House, offering around 90 different types of beer, most popular of which are Zmajsko, Nova Runda, Fischer’s and Weizen Vitus. Another great place is the Craft Room, just a few doors down from Tolkien’s House, which offers more than a hundred local and foreign craft beers such as Zeppelin Weizenbock, Zuur Buckthorn, smoked beer Smog Rocket, Witbier etc. And if you’re going for hat trick in the neighbourhood, visit the Mali Medo (The Small Bear) bar in Tkalčićeva street and try their fantastic beers Grička vještica (The Witch of Grič), Crna kraljica (The Black Queen) and Zlatni medo (The Golden Bear).
Craft beer is a specialised beer produced in limited quantities by a small usually independent brewery. Simply put, craft beer is a beer not brewed by one of the big corporations. Craft breweries are generally characterized by their emphasis on quality, flavour and brewing technique. The craft beer revolution has started in Croatia also, new breweries are popping up almost daily, and the most popular brew in Croatia is Pale Ale.
You’ll have your breakfast at the hotel and then you’ll head over to the location of the workshop. During the next 3 or 4 hours the lecturer will take you to visit Dolac, Zagreb’s largest farmers’ market and bring you back to prepare dishes for a typical local lunch. During the workshop, the lecturer is going to provide individual support to each attendee, so you can count on getting lots of good advice and learning new culinary techniques while making those dishes.
The dishes will be:
In the afternoon, after some sightseeing in the city center, we’ll take you to try štrukle, a traditional dish whose recipe comes from Zagorje region and is adored in Zagreb. It’s essentially baked pastry filled with fresh cheese and sour cream, and it’s so recognizable that it’s on the list of the dishes of Croatian non-material cultural heritage. Try it with a glass of white wine.
Another local favorite is a dish named the Zagreb steak; bread-crumbed veal stuffed with ham and cheese. Most local restaurants have the option of using pork or chicken instead of veal, so if you decide to try one, feel free to tune it to your own taste - it’s going to be delicious either way!
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll embark on a foodie walking tour of Zagreb led by an experienced gastronome. The tour will start at the oldest Zagreb bakery, with bread and pastry made following an old family recipe running for three generations.
As you descend Tkalčićeva Street, known for its many café bars and restaurants, you will enter the indoor part of the Dolac market and taste finest homemade types of cheese. A road paved with flavours, aromas and colours at the oldest town market of Dolac will take you through the abundance of seasonal vegetables, fruit and meat products, as well as selection of sea- and freshwater fish at Dolac’s fish market.
Your guide will pick up an ingredient or two at the market, and then take you back to the culinary studio which you know from the previous day, where you’ll assume the role of a chef and prepare a simple Dalmatian marenda (snack).
Next you’ll move on to a wine shop where you will try prosciutto, kulen (a delicious and spicy sausage), premium olive oil, and wine from the coastal Croatia.
The tour will then take you through the Upper Town where you’ll eventually reach an old tavern, and stop for a traditional Zagreb lunch. You’ll be having duck with mlinci (homemade pastry, containing no yeast, baked and then broken into smaller pieces) and drink a Gemišt (a Croatian version of spritzer; white wine mixed with sprinkled water, ratio not being all that important).
The tour will end with cakes and coffee in the bustling downtown, and you have the rest of the afternoon free.
Wear comfortable shoes on this food tour. There might be up to 2 hours of walking in total (but nothing too difficult). There’s at least three stops where you will sit.
If you do get hungry in the evening, we recommend that you visit one of the oldest Zagreb restaurants, Baltazar. You will find it in the old curia of Kaptol, not far from the Cathedral; it looks like a quiet yard in the city centre, and it’s known for its top quality continental cuisine specialties that are always augmented with seasonal produce (i.e. asparagus and artichokes in late spring, or penny buns and chanterelles in autumn).
After breakfast, check out from the hotel. Should you have more time, drink your morning coffee like a genuine local at the Flower Square (Preradovićev Square), also called “the living room of Zagreb”.
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