Will the Green and Blue Croatia finally get connected?
In the heart of Šibenik, the Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County has prepared the “Srijem Breakfast” as its new gastronomic brand. This was another opportunity to connect Slavonia and the Adriatic coast, the so-called Green and Blue Croatia, a goal which has been talked about for years. The linking is seen by producers from Srijem and the rest of Slavonia as an ideal opportunity to sell their own home-grown food, reports Lokalni.hr on September 11, 2018.
The owners of catering facilities from the Adriatic coast have also repeatedly expressed their wish to connect with Green Croatia, where they would buy delicacies for their guests.
In the spirit of the Srijem and Slavonian hospitality, citizens of Šibenik and their guests were able to enjoy the finest delicacies. Pork rinds and kulen instead of English sausages with beans? Švargl instead of black pudding? Local poppy seed pie instead of muffins?
“With the Srijem breakfast in Šibenik, we have launched an initiative for Croatian products from the east of the country to become an integral part of the everyday offer for tourists, especially in small and boutique hotels which focus on gastronomy and top gourmet experience. In that way, the guests will get to know the traditional gastronomy of the whole Croatia, and the hotels will have top quality products,” said Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the County Tourist Board.
For this occasion, the top delicacies came from local family farms and from Hotel Danube in Ilok, which has recently become a proud owner of a Michelin recommendation.
Bušić Srpak recalled that Vukovar-Srijem County is known for its attractive events which take place throughout the year and which have become recognizable throughout Croatia. “If you have not managed to witness the Ilok grape harvest which has been held for 51 years in late August, the next opportunity is the Vinkovci Autumns festival. These events are great, but they are not the only reason to visit us. The river bank along the Danube from Vukovar to Ilok is a promenade of castles, museums, architectural sites, landscapes and natural heritage, which has been confirmed by the EDEN cultural tourism title (European Destination of Excellence), awarded to the Vukovar-Vučedol-Ilok destination in 2017 and 2018,” said Bušić Srpak.
She also added that the King Krešimir hotel was not accidentally selected to serve the first Srijem breakfast on the coast.
“The average guest has already tasted all the world’s specialties, wines and cocktails, but the reason for their arrival here is to enjoy our indigenous cuisine and that is why we are so happy to support this initiative. We have combined local products and designed a new summer cocktail,” said Fabiano Baranović, CEO of King Krešimir hotel.
Translated from Lokalni.hr (reported by Branimir Bradarić).