Hrvoje Zirojevic

The Weekend Food Festival opens hot topics and seeks answers to current challenges.

For the third time, Rovinj will be the gathering place for experts and enthusiasts of gastronomy in the broadest sense of the word. From April 19 to 21, it will open a series of current and hot topics, focusing on the challenges faced by the gastronomic scene, as well as defining roadmaps that can contribute to its quality. Panels such as “Twenty Years at the Top” and “Can Fine Dining Restaurants Be Profitable?” will address how to survive, but under completely different circumstances, while the ever-increasing problem of quality service will be discussed at the panel “His Majesty the Waiter“. This year’s program of the Weekend Food Festival will also explore how well and quality we really eat and why we ignore the importance of good traditional restaurants, including “Why Do Slovenians Do It Better?“.

Among the announced speakers, Alejandro Serrano stands out, the youngest chef and owner of the Spanish restaurant of the same name, who brought a Michelin star to his restaurant at the age of 24 and whom Forbes placed on the prestigious “30 Under 30” list. Maria Paola Gabusi, one of Italy’s greatest experts on olive oil and president of the Association O’Live & Italy Cultural Association, will also arrive at Rovinj’s old Tobacco Factory, as well as some of the most prominent Slovenian chefs, including Janez Bratovž and Jure Tomič. The third Weekend Food Festival will not miss the always intriguing Fisherman’s Son David Skoko, popular chef Mate Janković, and Hrvoje Zirojević, one of the most interesting Croatian chefs Marina Gaši, and a number of other attractive gastro names.

Along with numerous chefs and experts in the fields of food, beverages, hospitality, retail, and hotel management in the program, the Weekend Food Festival will also feature an even better gastronomic offer. The biggest novelty is the Weekend Food Market with a unique offer and a special emphasis on promoting local specialties and indigenous dishes. This part of the festival will be open to visitors who want to enjoy the gastronomic offer, while festival fees will be required for those who will listen to lectures and participate in workshops.

Thus, the Weekend Food Festival represents a unique gastronomic event, which is also a platform for all those who share a passion for flavors and experiences, but also want an opportunity for connection, education, and exchange of experiences and creating business opportunities, which is significant for representatives of the FMCG & retail sector. This year, numerous producers and brands from the region will attend the festival, and the opportunity for presentation will also be used by smaller, local companies. The Weekend Food Festival will also host the ninth annual Golden Basket – a ceremonial award ceremony for the best achievements in the consumer goods industry with the goal of recognizing exceptional achievements in the sector.

The host and partner of this unique regional food festival this year is Maistra. So, plan to be in Rovinj from April 19 to 21 and together let’s explore, enjoy, and connect in the magic of gastronomy. Tickets can be secured on the official website, and all news can be followed on the official FB and IG channels.