Nocnjak 2017 Olive Oil Festival in Jelsa: Full Programme in English

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As previously reported on Total Hvar, Jelsa will be getting a huge early season tourism boost later this month with the arrival of 1500 delegates for the 2017 Nocnjak olive and olive oil conference, which will be centred on Hotel Hvar. Huge congratulations to those who made this happen. Apart from the boost to the town’s tourism and revenues, it is also an important recognition of Hvar’s status as a quality olive oil producer.

The event takes place from March 23-26. The full programme in English below.


March 23, 2017 / Thursday

18h Opening ceremony (Gala hall of Jelsa District Home)

        Awarding of individual and collective recognitions with performance by KUD Jelsa

19:30h Tour of fair, exhibition and Olio bar (hotel lobby)

        Welcome cocktail and planting of memorial olive tree

        Olive growing and olive oil making fair

        Olive oil, olive products, medicinal herb and HOP products exhibition

        Olio bar with guided tastings and olive oil presentations

The above are open to visitors in hotel lobby:

23 March 16-21h, 24 March 10-21h, 25 March 18-21h

20h Workshop “Little school of olive oil tasting” (Lavanda hall)

        Moderator: Sandra Petričević,

21h Entertainment evening (restaurant)


March 24, 2017 / Friday

9h Opening presentations (Lavanda hall)

        Moderator: Lordan Ljubenkov, dipl.iur

Yield and harvest of olives in Croatia in 2016, with focus on yield on Hvar Island Stanislav Štambuk, Višnja Šimunović, Advisory Department

Weather conditions in 2016, indicators of climate change and expectations for 2017

        Marko Vučetić, dipl. ing. fiz., State Weather Bureau

Financing of small businesses and ESI projects

        Mira Krneta, HBOR Dalmatia regional office

Croatian Postal Bank – activities for businesses and residents

        Toni Pavlović, Split regional director


10h Science and expert meeting on olive growing and olive oil production (Lavanda hall)

        Moderator: dr. sc. Frane Strikić

Database of microsatellite profiles of Croatian olive oil varieties Marin Krapac, Danijela Poljuha, Ines Kralj, mag., Barbara Sladonja,

National programme of preservation of herbal genetic sources for olives

        Katarina Lozo, Frane Strikić

Olive varieties for super intensive cultivation

        Josip Tadić,, Tatjana Klepo

The effect of irrigation on the dynamic of olive growth Marin Krapac, Karolina Brkić Bubola, Lucija Zović, Đani Benčić

Irrigation of olives on karst Tatjana Klepo, Maja Jukić-Špika, Mirella Žanetić, Frane Strikić, Davor Romić, Slavko Perica

Fertilization of olive trees on carbonate soil of Kaštela

        Sanja Biškup, dipl. Ing.

Review of olive oil quality of Herzegovina

        Marija Prlić, dipl. ing. and associates

The influence of various processing parameters on the quality of virgin olive oils Mirella Žanetić, Maja Jukić Špika, Renato Stipišić, dipl. inž., Sandra Svilović

Olive oil market 2012-2017 Marin Čagalj

Halal and kosher certificates – opportunity for new markets

        Božo Novaković, dipl.iur.


12h Presentation of “Aristoil” project (Lavanda hall)

How to increase the value of olive oil? Goals of Aristoil project / project details

        prof. dr. sc. Tea Bilušić

Production of olive oil with increased phenols

        dr. sc. Mirella Žanetić

Newest findings on the health effects of olive oil

        prof. dr. sc. Tea Bilušić

Operational plan of Aristoil project implementation / local partnership

        Mia Ožić, dipl. ing.

13h Expert convention on medicinal herbs (Lavanda hall)

        Moderator: Lordan Ljubenkov, dipl. Iur.

Topic: immortelle

Biodiversity of immortelle

        dr. sc. Marija Jug-Dujaković and Tonka Ninčević,, Institute for Adriatic cultures and karst melioration

New approach to planting and cultivating immortelle

        Božena Beljan, dipl. ing. agr., Advisory Department

Introduction of fertilization experiment of immortelle in Herzegovina – current findings

        Miro Barbarić and associates, Federal Agromediterranean Institute, Mostar

Presentation of manual “Ecological production of immortelle ad ethereal oil”

        prof. dr. sc. Marko Ivanković, Federal Agromediterranean Institute, Mostar


14h Lunch (restaurant)

16h Expert convention of Advisory Department (Maslina hall)

        Moderator: mr. sc. Višnja Šimunović

Low temperatures in the beginning of 2017 and their effects on olive growing of Zadar County

        Zvonimir Vlatković, dipl. ing. agr., Zadar

Peacock’s eye disease and effect on yield of olive groves

        Ivan Šimičević, dipl. ing. agr., Zadar

Olive harvest technology in traditional and intensive olive grove

        Dario Padro, dipl. ing. agr., Zagreb

Olive oil in religious ceremonies

        mr. sc. Stanislav Štambuk, Hvar

Regeneration of olive groves and agricultural land – agriculture monitors in districts and towns

        Milan Amižić, mag. polit., head of agriculture monitoring, Split


18h Roundtable on cooperatives (Maslina hall)

        Moderator: Lordan Ljubenkov, dipl. iur.

New opportunities for cooperatives

–      diffused hotels, Božo Novaković dipl. iur., Cooperative Alliance of Dalmatia

–      manufacturing organisations, Agriculture Ministry


19h Workshop “Olio gastro show” (Lavanda hall)

        Moderator: Miranda Žitko Vulić, dipl. oec.

Guided and interactive tasting of olive oils combined with fresh groceries and wines

21h Entertainment evening (restaurant)


March 25, 2017 / Saturday

8:45h Tour with practical olive growing (field)

Noćnjak participants with accommodation in Hvar Hotel at check-in receive a bus ticket

8:45-9h Meeting in front of hotel

9-9:45h Presentation of machinery and equipment of Entrada company in hotel olive grove

9:45-10h Boarding of buses and departure to Hvar

10:30-12:15h Hvar town

        Tour of Fortica fortress

        Town Hall, tasting of Hvar olive oils with presentation

        “Liquid gold of Hvar Island,” mr. sc. Stanislav Štambuk

        Tour of Hvar cathedral

12:15-12:30h Boarding of buses and departure to Milna

12:45-14:15h reception in St. Tudor Home in Milna

        Organised by Olive Growers Association St. Širijun, Rubin Oilery and Radojković Oilery

14:15-14:30h Boarding of buses and departure to Jelsa

15:00-15:45h Tour of Bastijana winery

15:45-16h Return to Hvar Hotel

19h Ceremonial awarding of recognitions for quality and product design (Lavanda hall)

19-19:40h Recognitions for olive products

19:40-21h Recognitions for quality and design of olive oils

        Proclamation of Noćnjak 2017 champion

21h Champions ball (restaurant)

        Gala entertainment evening


March 26, 2017 / Sunday

10h Optional field trip to Stari Grad

        Stari Grad tour with guide (meeting point at 10h at Stari Grad bus station)


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