The pasta festival in Žminj, Central Istria, is a celebration that showcases the rich pasta heritage of our region. Held annually, this festival brings together locals and visitors to indulge in a variety of pasta dishes that highlight the diversity and creativity of Istrian cuisine. If you are a pasta lover, you must visit this festival. Once you try the handmade pasta made in front of you, it will be difficult for you to be satisfied with other pastas that you can find on store shelves. Some links about pasta shapes are drawn from Italy and Slovenia, but over time certain pastas have become originally Istrian.
During the festival, the picturesque town of Žminj comes alive with bustling food stalls and lively entertainment. Traditional Istrian pasta dishes, such as fuži, pljukanci, and njoki, take center stage, accompanied by an array of flavorful sauces and toppings. Although, you will never go wrong if you decide on fuži with truffles.
Visitors can savor these delectable pasta creations, prepared by local chefs and food enthusiasts, while enjoying live music, dancing, and cultural performances. The festival also offers opportunities to learn about old pasta-making techniques and participate in workshops where you can bring home whatever you make with your hands. Learn how you can create incredible dishes and creations that will not leave you indifferent from humble ingredients such as flour, eggs and water.
The pasta festival in Žminj provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in Istrian culinary delights, creating unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the region rich in top-quality food and such chefs. Whether you like thinner or thicker pasta, with less or more sauce, you will surely find something for yourself in Žminj.
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