These days, it’s easier than ever to find great local food in Croatia’s capital. But, if you’re searching for authentic Zagreb dishes, what you’ll actually find is a cuisine of shared provenance.
For the most part, Zagreb food is actually the traditional menu of Zagreb County and Zagorje. These largely rural areas supply the homes, hotels and restaurants of Zagreb with much of their best food and wine.
In villages and towns surrounding Zagreb, traditional skills are used to get the very best from the land. Often, this know how has been passed down over many generations.
Croatian-American chef Richard Gruica has a big enthusiasm for local wine and food. Splitting his time between the US and Zagreb, there’s actually nothing better he likes than setting off on a voyage of culinary discovery in Zagreb County. Thankfully, there’s lots to explore.
This Saturday, 15th January, Richard is sharing some of the secrets he’s found in Zagreb County Jastrebarsko on Wine Country Getaway. He’ll take a small group from Zagreb to one of Croatia’s premium wine-growing regions. There, you’ll try some of the best wines made in continental Croatia, while learning about indigenous grapes and traditional methods. After sampling the wines, you’ll be treated to a meal of traditional local food, with wine paired to the dishes.
Richard’s Wine Country Getaway will visit Plešivica, Jastrebarsko, the Samobor Hills, and the southern part of the Žumberak mountains. The tour will visit the estate of a renowned local winemaker. You’ll also drop in on a traditional copper – he’s the only one in this region still making wooden barrels in the traditional way. After taking in the tradition, you’ll head into the hills to enjoy a traditional lunch in a rustic wooden hillside tavern. Richard’s tour will conclude with a trip into town for a famous dessert.
Richard’s tour of Zagreb County Jastrebarsko on Wine Country Getaway includes
• Cooperage visit and tour
• Wine tasting and tour
• Gourmet lunch with appetizer, choice of entrée and paired wine
All guests will be picked up in front of Hotel Academia (Ul. Ivana Tkalčića 88) at 11am on Saturday 15th January. You’ll return to Zagreb at approximately 7.30pm. The cost for Zagreb County Jastrebarsko on Wine Country Getaway is 500 Kn or 75 USD. You can book your place and get more information here.