“Rudarska Greblica” Salted Cake Days in Samobor

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Even though kremšnite are more famous, Samobor has some more yummy delicacies to offer – and they are part of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia

Rudarska greblica is a type of salted cake that has been part of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia since 2007.

Oral tradition has it that it originated in Rude, a village near Samobor, at the same time when mining started developing there, in the 16th ct. It was named after “greblica”, a tool used to keep the fire burning in a stone oven, because the cake resembles “greblica” when it’s finished. The only written trace of “greblica” can be found in Milan Lang’s 1915 book, where it is mentioned as a “thin cake made from cheese and walnuts.” Rudarska greblica is a salted cake stuffed with cheese and various other types of stuffing, such as walnuts, carrot, spring onion, nettle, or chard.


Greblica used to be a cheap meal for miners who took it with them when they went to work, and today it is normally eaten as a dessert or a delicacy, normally at traditional festivities and celebrations in Samobor and Zagreb County.Rudarska

This delicacy is celebrated every year at Samobor during Rudarska greblica Days – an event which has been held in Samobor since 1985, organised by Oštrc Cultural Association. 

Greblica Days #32 will be held in Samobor this weekend, July 1 – 2, and visitors will be able to taste various types of greblica and enjoy concerts and folklore dance. Find out more here.


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