Vukovar-Srijem County Introduces New Delicacy: Meet the Black Sandwich

Daniela Rogulj

As part of the 54th Vinkovci Autumn, a new gastronomic delicacy of the Vukovar-Srijem County was presented – meet the Black Sandwich, made with a black bun and the specialty black Slavonian ham. 

HRTurizam reports that with already well known Slavonian specialties like kulen, ham, sausage, cracklings, bacon was somehow always pushed to the background. However, with this project, the goal is to popularize bacon through a new product – the Black Sandwich.

Namely, a black bun is served with fried black Slavonian bacon, which has been found to have a more specific taste and flavor than the bacon of other pigs. It’s even been shown to have good cholesterol, too. The goal is to introduce this new sandwich as a recognizable part of the gastronomy offer of Vukovar-Srijem County.

“Black Slavonian pigs are organically fed and produce organic, quality meat. Today’s promotion of the Black Sandwich shows that we in Slavonia have excellent and quality products, and the Black Slavonian pig, or as we say the ‘fajferica’, is certainly one of the better ones,” said Bozo Galic of Vukovar-Srijem County.

Vegetarians, look away – the BlackSandwich consists of bacon made from black Slavonian pigs, a black burger bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a fried egg.

The plan is to begin seriously promoting this new Slavonian treat to ensure that the ‘Black Sandwich’ is in the hands of customers as soon as possible. The visual identity of the Black Sandwich was made by the famous Croatian comic author Dubravko Matakovic. 

According to the announcements from Vukovar-Srijem County, the caterer’s interest in the Black Sandwich is high, especially since sufficient quantities of bacon are secured through the Agroklaster VSŽ. Thus, the Black Sandwich should be widely available from next year.

The Vinkovci Autumn was held from September 13 to 22, offering the best display of Slavonian customs in an effort to preserve them. This famous and well-known folklore, tourist, economic, and cultural event attracted around 100,000 visitors.

In addition to the vibrant traditional and cultural program, that is the foundation of the event, the enticing gastronomy and entertainment program included the best Slavonian specialties to souvenirs, a variety of accompanying programs, a wine town, craft beer festival, conferences and various concerts every day.

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