February 23, 2020 – One of the great gourmet festivals returns for its third edition. If you are a foodie, don’t miss the Korculanske Pjatance Spring Food and Wine Festival.
I do feel a little guilty having a secret love for Korcula, having lived on Hvar for so many years.
In my defence, I was initially seduced by the very best, as Korcula’s most famous Brit and owner of luxury boutique hotel Lesic Dimitri invited me over for lunch one late August day. Conversation with Michael was as delightful as the Lesic fine dining, a selection of Grk and Posip, and that refreshing terrace breeze. I still remember writing about that first proper Korcula visit – few blogs have been more of a joy to write.
I have visited Korcula many times since, as well as catching up with Michael whenever our paths cross in Zagreb, but my favourite time to visit is early May, for a foodie festival which takes place at a great time of year in pre-season, and is as close to Dalmatian gourmet heaven as I have experienced here in a festival.
The Korculanske Pjatance Spring Food and Wine Festival is, for me at least, one of the best adverts of the finer things in life in Dalmatia, and a blueprint of how to develop gourmet tourism in the shoulder seasons.
The weather in early May is usually gorgeous, with many taking their first swim of the season. The focus of the festival is on local products, celebrating the outstanding quality of Korculan food and wine. Several restaurants have come together to offer a rich selection of menus, as well as cooking shows and fascinating workshops. In the first year, the family came too, and my two young daughters really enjoyed the pasta workshop at Filippi, before foraging in the woods to find the herbs necessary for Petra Jelicic’s pastry workshop in Pupnat. As well as the beach and desserts at Tara’s Lodge, of course.
This year’s event has just been announced – four days from May 7 – 10, and if you are a foodie and in the area, put it in your diary. To get a flavour of the festival, check out the official video teaser above, or the list of articles TCN wrote as part of its coverage here.
More details of this year’s Korculanske Pjatance are coming – you can follow the latest on Facebook.