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nedjelja, 5. srpnja 2015.

Photos Of The Day:...2nd Annual "Festival Of Pasta" In Istrian Peninsula Town Of Žminj Croatia

Locals and lately a growing number of foreign tourists, checking out the various pasta grub to sample.

As promised a few weeks ago, here's this week's 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 and well known popular 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 Early Middle Ages when the Croat tribes arrived from areas north of the Danube and Carpathians in the 6th-7th century and especially during the medieval Croatian Kingdom centuries, and the local history since then has been very eventful. According to the latest census figures, today Žminj has a population of about 3.500 with around 81% or 2,795 being Croats, and the total population of the whole Croatian county of Istra is 208,055 which amounts to just 4.85 percent of Croatia's entire population, as most of the population in Istra county lives in the larger coastal towns and cities such as Pula, Poreč, Rovinj, Umag, Novigrad etc. Because of the eventful history especially from Habsburg Monarchy empire times, there are smaller minorities in all the later independent countries in this area of Central Europe, and in this municipality of Žminj also, 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 of Croatia and has today become fairly well known outside of Croatia also, which has contributed to it becoming a fairly popular area for summer tourists. (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). One of the first Croatian language newspapers "Naša sloga" was published in the Istra region in 1870, printed in the city of Pula. Istra is also represented by one of the Croatian historical regions shields in the crown over the modern day official Republic of Croatia coat of arms and flag, (along with a shield for the region of Dalmatia, Slavonia, Dubrovnik and another old historical Croatian CoA, example, the goat symbology started making an appearance in documents in the 17th-18th century during the Habsburg Empire era and is thought to be connected to the ancient Illyrian tribe that once lived there in antiquity, as well as that goats for many centuries were plentiful in the area and important for milk/cheese and economy etc, that's you're Croatian history lesson of the day).

(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 Istra 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. When I was in Rijeka I was tempted to go Pula, Poreč or Rovinj for a few days because it was just a few hours away, but then that would have ruined already scheduled plans and meetings in Split and Zadar, but Istra is still on my list)

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 or Kraft Dinner, and long before anyone was eating it in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York restaurants also.

The Istria (not to be confused with Austria) peninsula region of Croatia and location of Žminj. Because of the hills and valleys landscape, ample wines, wineries, traditions in art and culture from Middle Ages and Renaissance times, Istra can sort of be considered as the Croatian Tuscany, Ortenau or Provence.

The historic overall larger Istrian peninsula area has parts today shared by 3 countries...mostly by Croatia as well as Slovenia and Italy to the north. The name of the region is derived from the Histri who were an Illyrian tribe in antiquity, the Romans described them as a fierce tribe of pirates and it took two major military campaigns to finally defeat them in 177 BCE. Istria (or just Istra in Croatian and Slovenian) after the fall of the Roman Empire around 476 was for a time part of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, then Lombard Kingdom, then the Frankish Carolingian Kingdom under Carolus Magnus (Charlemagne) took control, then it was incorporated as part of the Croatian Kingdom realms, and that's just up to the 12th century. After the Croatian Kingdom joined Hungary in a political union around 1102, it was ruled back and forth by Croatia-Hungary, Holy Roman Empire, Venice, Habsburg Monarchy and eventually back to Croatia again, that's the basic gist of it.

The Croatian realms which bordered along the periphery of the Carolingian Empire, seen located within the continental political and monarchial map of 9th century Europe approximately during the times of Duke Vojnomir (reigned 791-810) Duke Vladislav (reigned 821-835) Duke Trpimir I (reigned 845–864) to Duke Branimir (reigned 879–892).

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, Including 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, mall, donut shop or tavern, except it's more Croatian pasta themed and has a few more balloons. (Interesting side note, not far from this Žminj is another small township village of Kringa, where events in 1672 resulted in the first documented case of a vampire, you can read more at the link if you dare). 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...


More information:

First pasta festival info:


(If you want to learn more about Croatian pasta dishes or try the recipes, this link
should help you along)

Images are in no particular order, and you'll have to Google around if you want any of the recipes. (WARNING - contains graphic images which may give you serious munchies).

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

Dressed up like medieval peasants and peons singing for their pasta, pass the mead you uncouth saucy knave.

Musical entertainment pasta eating music included among others the local Cool Jazz Quartet (below) and the Zagreb based act the Roomors.

One of the locally made brands of Croatian pasta. 

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

Of course you gotta have wine, what's a pasta festival without wine? (see interesting related croatians-world-lists-alcohol-drinks)

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

An area was also set aside for local kindergarten kids to learn about how pasta is made, a good option for future chef wannabees.

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 between folks, aka the barter system.

I guess I should also remind the readers since there's misinformation floating around, that there is no Croatian pasta festival taking place in Ukraine, trust me that's a good thing. The fellow below is instead part of the Serbian-Balkan Pasta Festival in Ukraine and not this pasta festival, it's true I know what I'm talking about.

There was medieval pasta music played all through the night and everyone lived happily ever after, pass the mead you uncouth saucy knave.

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