Take It Slow Project to Explore Peljesac Peninsula Gastronomy

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, as part of the project “Lifestyle in the Adriatic as an inspiration for sustainable development” (Take It Slow), the DUNEA Regional Agency is conducting some research and a survey into Peljesac peninsula gastronomy and heritage related to food production, preparation and consumption until April the 30th this year.

The first step in the research is the collection and analysis of data from a questionnaire on food and eating habits of the inhabitants of the Municipality of Ston. The questionnaire is intended for adults living and/or working in the Municipality of Ston as well as all those who are connected with the area for their business, owing to family or indeed in other ways. Participation in this research which seeks the further explore Peljesac peninsula gastronomy for those connected to the area is voluntary and free of charge.

The pilot area of ​​Ston was chosen because of the high level of protection of key products: Mali Ston oysters have received the European protected designation of origin, and the Ponikve vineyards have also been entered into the register of protected designations of origin of Croatian wines at the EU level. In addition to the aforementioned, Mali Ston Bay is a special nature reserve and an area of ​​the NATURA 2000 ecological network.

There is also the historical and urban history and heritage of Ston, the walls of which are often referred to as the ”European wall of China” which, together with Mali Ston, the Ston saltworks and more, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s important to note that Peljesac peninsula gastronomy belongs to the Mediterranean diet, which is considered to be among the healthiest diets in the world and as such is also protected by UNESCO.

The aim of this particular piece of research is to obtain as much information as possible about valuable knowledge, skills, and everyday practices related to the Peljesac peninsula gastronomy scene in order to preserve it and present it to guests visiting this popular area in the best possible way.

The Take It Slow project is a strategic bilateral project of the Republic of Croatia and nearby Italy designed to manage and promote the Adriatic as a green, smart and sustainable destination. The focus of the project is on small communities on the islands, coastline and inland along the Adriatic sea rich in tangible and intangible heritage that have preserved an authentic lifestyle adapted to the natural environment.

The project is worth more than 28 million kuna, of which 85 percent is being funded from the European Regional Development Fund, and 6.5 million kuna has been made available for Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The project is being implemented by Dubrovnik-Neretva County with the technical support of the DUNEA Regional Agency.

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