The Sunflower of Croatian Rural Tourism – Big Golden Sunflower Award is unique in that it is awarded to the best subjects, programs, projects, and activities in order to preserve the originality and create a rural tourist product and services.
The Sunflower Rural Tourism Project of Croatia from year to year reveals more and more attractive rural destinations, promotes traditional content, connects the most important projects, producers, events, and interesting things, preserves originality, takes care of sustainability, and most importantly, encourages and creates new rural tourism products. Due to last year’s unfavorable situation with COVID-19, the awards ceremony for 2020 was held yesterday, June 30, 2021, at the multimedia center Vršilnica in Zaprešić.
Among the numerous participants who were awarded in the categories ‘protected and marketing label projects, rural tourism projects, tourist farms, traditional (rural) households, traditional (rural) gastronomy, wine tourism, and attractive tourist facilities in rural areas,’ the Sinjska Alka won the Big Golden Sunflower award in the category of champion titles, recognized for the encouragement of patriotism and preservation of historical, cultural, ethnographic and other values where the Sinjska Alka is an unavoidable symbol of Croatian identity.
The award was solemnly presented by Marijana Petir, member of the EU Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Nataša Tramišak, Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Dijana Katica, president of the Association “Village Members Club” and organizer of the event, Boris Filipović Grčić, head of the Sinjska Alka Museum, in the presence of Davor Svalina, an alkar and Domagoj Delija, an Alkar boy, and accompanied by Monika Vrgoč, director of the Sinj Tourist Board.
For more on Inland Dalmatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page.