As Glas Istre/Cristian Bruno Galic writes on the 11th of October, 2019, this year, the best prosciutto from Croatia, Austria, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro will be presented to visitors in Tinjan. Each type of prosciutto presented by these excellent masters, given their geographical origin(s), has its own specificity and unique note in terms of both smell and taste.
This year’s International Prosciutto Fair (ISAP), which will be held from the 18th to the 20th of October in Tinjan, will be full of flavours, aromas and of course, superb gastronomic experiences. In short, all of the manufacturers will exhibit the best and highest quality from their own respective productions.
However, another integral part of this famous event is a sport and recreational program for the whole family, as well as special surprises for visitors, such as guided tastings, through which participants will be able to learn from experts how to properly taste the prosciutto and enjoy the fullness of its truly unique taste.
Recreation lovers have ISAP 2019 Hiking awaiting them, which is scheduled for October the 13th, and guarantees an active and fun day in the nature of central Istria.
We know that walking is the most natural and healthy form of movement, and in order for all ages to enjoy a healthy life and the charms of Istria’s nature, the 2019 ISAP hike is designed along an easy, 11.5-kilometre circular path, consisting mainly of forest and gravel roads. It all starts at 09:00 with a gathering at the school playground in Tinjan. Registration fees are 40 kuna per person (children under 14 pay nothing), and registration fees include refreshments, a hot meal at the finish line, an ISAP ticket, and sports entertainment and expert guidance.
For those who prefer to ride on two wheels, on the same day, October the 13th, a recreational bike ride has been organised. It starts at 10:00 in front of the main entrance to ISAP, and continues along a 25 kilometre long path. The registration fee for this recreational cycling tour through the heart of Istria is 50 kuna and includes lunch, refreshments on the trail and free admission to the three days of the fair.
A real treat for the adventurous follows a week later, on October the 20th, when the family team race begins at 15:00. It is designed so that the teams, using a map of Tinjan, discover checkpoints and accurately solve all the creative and fun tasks they will encounter during their treasure hunting journey.
All teams will receive a treasure bag at the beginning of the race, finishers will be given finishers’ medals, and the best team will find the most valuable treasure – Istrian prosciutto. The entry fee is 40 kuna per person (children under 14 years old go free), and in addition to participation, it includes refreshments and a one-time ISAP ticket.
For those who decide to discover Istrian traditions through food and drink, a favourite moment will be the start of a guided tasting “Prosciutto and wine by Gustus”, on October the 19th at 18:00 at the House of Istrian Prosciutto in Tinjan.
Blanka Sinčić Pulić and and Alfredo Cossetto, the famous Istrian winemaker from Kastelir (Vina Cossetto), will, throughout the one-hour trip, teach you all about the secrets of Istrian prosciutto, what makes it special and with which Istrian wine it’s best paired with.
It will be possible to learn, for example, what distinguishes Istrian prosciutto from other Croatian and European prosciutto, and also why the champions of this excellent delicacy are so special.
For a price of 75 kuna, the cost of the one-hour workshop, you will also learn how to properly taste the prosciutto, what flavours and scents to pay attention to, and which wines best support the aroma of the prosciutto. All in all, it’s a fantastic experience that true gastronomy lovers should never miss.
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