First International Pelinkovac Festival to Take Place in Stari Grad, Hvar

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Stari Grad on Hvar hosts the first ever international festival of the iconic Pelinkovac on June 27, 2019.

One thing I have learned in my 17 years in Croatia is that if it grows, Croatians will make a festival out of it. During my time here, the culinary delights have included trying the edible dormouse (delicious) in Dol on Hvar, lavender ice cream (interesting) in Velo Grablje on Hvar, bean ice cream (let’s not go there) in Kastela, and pumpkin beer (rather good) in Ivanic Grad. For an overview of the weird and wonderful food festivals in Croatia, check out 25 natural food festivals in Croatia.

But, incredibly, for a nation which will seemingly celebrate anything (including World Cup semi-final victories against England), there has been no festival for a drink which is a national icon.

Until now.


I am not sure how this oversight came to pass, but congratulations to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar for organising the first International Pelinkovac Festival in the world! Calling all Pelin lovers everywhere to come and celebrate this famous drink on June 27 for the first of what is hoped to be a regular part of the Stari Grad tourist calendar in the future. 


From the event Facebook page:

First of it’s kind! Unique festival in charming Stari Grad on island Hvar.

Love Pelin? Join us and discover different ways to enjoy this amazing liqour.

Never heard of Pelin? Visit our fest and find your new favorite liquid.

10 kinds of Pelinkovac to try neat or in Cocktails.

Masterclass and workshop. ( limited places – > sign until 24.06.2019 at [email protected] )

Pop up cocktail bars with ones of the best bartenders in Croatia.

Live music and great vinyl vibes!

Stay tuned for more info!

Vidimo se!

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You can follow the latest on the first international Pelinkovac festival on Facebook

Interested in learning more about Pelinkovac? Check out the history in the video below. 

And, as for gorgeous Stari Grad, here are 25 things to know


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