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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Photos Of The Day:...2nd Annual "Festival Of Pasta" In Žminj

As promised a few weeks ago, this weeks edition of my Sunday "Photo Of The Day" post. This one is not that big of a deal, I'm staying away from the more larger events going on right now, besides some of them I've already talked about. These are pics from just a small local event that took place between June 27th to July 5th. It took place in the very small municipality of Žminj, located in the Istrian Peninsula region of Croatia, close to the coastal towns of Poreč and Rovinj.

Croatian history in the Istrian peninsula extends back to the times of the medieval Croatian Kingdom, and the local history since then has been eventful. According the latest census figures, today Žminj has a population of only about 3500, with around 80% or 2750 being Croats. Because of the eventful history especially from Austro-Hungarian empire times, there are smaller minorities in all the later independent countries in this area of Europe, and in this municipality of Žminj particularly, they are mainly Italian, Slovenian, Hungarian (mainly from the Baranya) with smaller numbers of a few Slovak (mainly from Nitra), Poles (mainly from Silesia), Czech (mainly from Bohemia), Ukrainian, Romanian (mainly from Transylvania), German, (mainly from Bavaria) Macedonian, Bulgarian, Austrian, (mainly from the east Tyrol and Burgenland), Ruthenian, Russian, Montenegrin and even a small Jewish minority that all makes up the remaining few percent. For this reason the Croatian county of Istra is the most multicultural region and has today become fairly well known outside of Croatia also, which has contributed to it becoming a fairly popular area for summer tourists. It's also represented as one of the shields in the crown on the modern day official Republic of Croatia coat of arms and flag, example, you're Croatian history lesson of the day. (I think they probably stayed behind because of the pasta and Škampi na buzaru, or maybe the beers and liquors too, probably a bunch of reasons actually)

(Which reminds me, during my last time in Croatia on my coastal tour I stayed in Split for a few days, and the same thing applies. Since I was already having my fair share of the more well known readily available Croatian foods, we decided to go to a restaurant and I went for a seafood pasta dish and platter thing. And just like in the Istria region, the shrimp, oysters, clams, lobsters, fish and all the seafood is fresh, I'm talking freshly netted and many times straight out of the Adriatic sea quite probably just hours ago. The seafood used in the pasta dishes or any seafood meal there is mostly caught nearby, as in not imported frozen from the other side of the world, same thing goes for the nearby fish markets too. Good to know)

This year was actually only the 2nd edition of this particular event and I must say it looked pretty interesting, celebrating local foods, music, wines, cheeses and of course the pasta dishes. The Croatian coastal areas and the Istrian peninsula especially, is known for their various pasta dishes, especially again the various seafood pasta dishes. This is the case in the neighbouring Slovenian Istrian coastal area also. That's why it's called "Festival Pašte". (pronounced Festival Pash-te in Croatian). Maybe some people didn't even know that we eat and make various pastas in Croatia and have for many centuries. Heck, large parts of Croatia have been eating pasta and seafood even long before Chef Boyardee discovered America, and long before anyone was eating it in Chicago or New York restaurants also.

That's about it. I saw a couple of cool pics at the one news site that I came across and then by chance came across a bunch of others from their Facebook page, so I figured I'll throw some of them in here. Overall it just seemed like a cool idea, a little known local event in a tucked away location hardly anyone knows about, a cool environment to hang out at, and then sample and try out various pasta dishes on top of it all, Also the cute pics of the Croatian boys and girls in the traditional folk costumes dancing and building up an appetite to eat delicious pasta dishes afterwards, and even learning how to make it. Basically it's the same as hanging around at your local 7-11, donut shop or tavern, except it's more Croatian pasta themed and has a few more balloons. As mentioned, this is only the 2nd edition of this event, but I see it becoming even more popular down the road, next time they should have More information at the links...

(I would have done this post earlier this morning like usual, but it was that Serbs coming around again always telling me to watch "A Serbian Film" and how it's the best art film ever, the most amazing film and best bla bla bla etc. I keep telling them I'm really not interested in your Serbian films or Serb songs or anything actually. I have no plans to go to Serbia or even eat camel or kangaroo testicles because it's really not my thing. You can read that one at whats-serbs-best-necrophilia-new-born-porn which explains more)


More information:

First pasta festival info:


Images are in no particular order, and you'll have to Google if you want any of the recipes.

A recent related post about a Croatian girls folk costumes event HERE in case you're interested.

Musical entertainment included among others the Cool Jazz Quartet (below) and the Roomors.

One of the locally made brands of Croatian pasta. 

Some footage from this years 2nd annual Festival Pašte in Žminj, even some American tourists came down for the fine tasting grub.

Like I said, you'll have to Google if you want the recipes.

An area was set aside for local kindergarten kids to learn about how pasta is made.

The local area around Žminj is also known for their quality wines, cheeses, olive oils and especially truffles. Back in the Croatian Kingdom medieval times, wines, cheeses and olive oils were sometimes used to barter.

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