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December 05, 2019

Partner country Croatia serves up a unique diversity of flavours

The country’s four regions are in Hall 10.2 with internationally known delicacies, prepared by Croatian chefs in a traditional way

Each year sees increased cooperation between Croatia and Germany, and this applies not only to their diplomatic and economic relations. Germany is one of Croatia’s most important export markets, accounting for almost one tenth of all of its foreign sales of agricultural produce and food items. This is proof that Germans are also keen consumers of Croatian food products at home and not only when they are visiting Croatia. For this reason the Croatian ministry of agriculture regards the International Green Week Berlin 2020 (17 - 26 Jan.) as “Europe’s best platform where, as the partner country, it can present its agriculture and food industry to Germany, Europe and the world“.

Croatia occupies the whole of Hall 10.2, featuring the four regions of Istria, Slavonia, Dalmatia and Central Croatia, each of which is distinguished by its own renowned and typical local specialities. Many of Croatia’s gastronomic delicacies and indigenous products are being exhibited by the more than fifty large and small food businesses and family-run enterprises. For visitors to the fair this is a unique opportunity to sample Croatian food in the national restaurant, where its chefs are preparing traditional dishes. The culinary experience takes place against the background of live music and opportunities for visitors to take part in food-related competitions.

Agriculture in Croatia is characterised by a wealth of natural resources and a great potential in terms of its production and processing. The successful cultivation of a large number of crops is a consequence of the natural conditions and various cultural influences to which Croatia has been exposed throughout its history. Visitors to the Green Week can sample many of these Croatian delicacies, from kulen and pršut to fish and olive oil, truffles, as well as premium wines such as dingač.

A cuisine with delicacies to suit every palate

Croatian meat and fish products, wine, olive oil, exquisite truffles: these are just some of the tasty treats that will be delighting the palates of all gourmets at the Croatian national restaurant. Among the delights awaiting visitors there will be fuži – a kind of premium pasta with truffles, risotto with seafood, pašticada – a Dalmatian meat speciality, and mlinci – turkey in a specially made dough. There are many other local delicacies in Hall 10.2 from a country that is renowned for its landscapes, agricultural crops and enticing aromas.

Fuži is made using local ingredients, with the vital addition of a special type of truffle obtained from the region of Istria in Croatia. The tasty risotto comprises squid, shellfish and prawn tails from Croatian costal waters, enhanced with the finest Croatian white wine and prosecco, sweet Dalmatian dessert wine. The elaborate process that is used in the preparation of pašticada with gnocchi ensures the full aroma with every serving. Spicy lamb chops with bacon, carrots and celery are marinaded for 24 hours in a special sauce made with vegetables, fruit and many herbs, and then baked to develop the full flavour of the marinade. Other very popular delicacies in Croatia are roast turkey and mlinci, which are being prepared in a modern way at the Green Week. Mlinci, thin, baked pastries, are dipped in hot water, baked in shortening and served as lasagne.

An internationally known delicacy

Croatia has a worldwide reputation for the quality of various delicacies such as prosciutto ham, cheese and mandarins. Prosciutto ham from Dalmatia (Dalmatinski pršut), a region that attracts many German tourists, has its own characteristic aroma and a distinctive full flavour. Kulen, an award-winning meat speciality from Croatia, is a traditional product and one that is known around the world. It is regarded as an authentic national culinary treasure. For connoisseurs of cheese, paški sir (cheese from the island of Pag) is highly recommended, and is a source of great gastronomic pride in Croatia. This is the 24th Croatian product to be registered with a protected designation of origin by the European Union.

Croatian wine is already well known and comes from four wine-producing regions and 12 sub-regions. Premium and top quality wines account for 70 per cent of Croatia’s entire output. Olive oil produced in Croatia has been well known since Roman times, and its quality is widely recognised today, in the form of protected designations of origin, five of which have been granted by the EU.

For more details about Croatia as the partner country of the Green Week 2020: https://zelenitjedan2020.hr/de/

Press contact:

Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia
Leticija Hrenković, M.A., press spokesperson
tel.: +385 1 6106 766, mobile: +385 99 499 3459
email: glasnogovornik@mps.hr

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