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Marunada in Croatia

Submitted by on October 18, 2011 – 12:01 amNo Comment

It started October 14, Road Trips Foodies, but you’ve got until October 30, 2011, to catch the 38th annual Marunada in Lovran, Croatia.

In this part of the world, sweet chestnuts — the edible kind — are called maruni (hence the name of the foodie festival). According to the locals, it’s the special climate of Lovran that makes their chestnuts the best tasting in the world.

Marunada begins in Lovran (you’ve missed that venue this year) but it then migrates to the neighboring villages of Liganj and Dobre on the weekends to follow.

During Marunada, along with an offer of roasted chestnuts, a type of mead (domestic brandy made from honey) and young wine may be consumed too. In cafes and patisseries, pastries, sweets and cakes made with maruns will be available (chestnut cream, chestnut purée, chestnut ice cream, chestnut frappé, chestnut sorbet …), while in taverns and restaurants one may taste original domestic dishes featuring maruns (special dishes with chestnuts – turkey breast stuffed with chestnuts, cutlet au gratin with chestnuts, rump-steak with chestnut sauce, flaming crepes with chestnut cream …).

Every year, Marunada is accompanied by a series of sports and entertainment events, which visitors may participate in, including a lawn-bowling tournament, the “Giro di Marunada” bicycle tournament, a mountaineering excursion and the Adventurous Trekking Race.

(Photo courtesy of Marunada)

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