Split Festival brings together the best world and local chefs
September 30, 2021 – Taste the Mediterranean is an international festival in Split, bringing together the world’s best chefs with the local culinary scene through special menus, panels and gala dinners.
From October 6 to 9, Split will become the gastronomic center of the Mediterranean. The international Taste the Mediterranean festival brings together the best world and local chefs in the city, whose restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars and Gault & Millau points. Chefs from seven countries will be invited to restaurants in Split Dvor, Kadena, Kinoteka, Hotel Park, Zora Bila and Zrno Soli. Together with the host chefs, they will prepare six-course Mediterranean gala dinners accompanied by great wines, reports Dalmatinski Portal.
Chef Zlatko Marinović Noštromo will prepare an exclusive feast for festival attendees on the opening night. The city’s fish market will be transformed into an elegant restaurant for the occasion.
For the first time during the festival, the “Nights of Split restaurants” will be held, an event organized by Taste the Mediterranean and the Tommy chain of stores, premium partner of the Taste the Mediterranean festival, which recognized the value of this event to present and promote Split and Split and Dalmatian gastronomy. The 15 restaurants included in this program will offer a special three-course Mediterranean menu and wine at a popular price to citizens of Split and tourists on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October and provide them with a unique wine and food experience. Restaurants include Atlantida, Bajamonti, Brasserie on 7, Bokeria, Corto Maltese, Dujkin Dvor, Fantažija, Konoba Fétivi, Konoba Marul, Mazgoon, Laganini, Pandora Greenbox, Portofino, Sidi bar and Šug. The tastes and aromas of the Mediterranean will be felt at every step of the city, and Split, as an authentic Mediterranean center with a rich cultural and historical heritage, will present a wide range of its gastronomic offer: from gastronomy to taverns ( konobas).
The main events of the festival will take place at the Briig Boutique Hotel, where participants of the “Catering during and after COVID” panel will meet on Thursday, October 7. The pandemic has hit tourism hard across the world; not only has it affected the decline in restaurant turnover, but it has also imposed new rules and models to appeal to customers and meet their needs. Chef Vesna Miletić, Jelena Tabak, President of the National Association of Croatian Caterers, Chef Ippei Uemura, Filip Verbanac, Director of the Spirits, Coffee and Coca-Cola HBC Food Department for the Adria business unit, and Ivo Vrdoljak, restaurateur, will find out how professionals in the hospitality sector are facing new challenges.
The importance of waste management in the hotel and hospitality industry will be discussed during the “Zero waste” panel on Friday October 8, and its participants are Nataša Kalauz, CEO of WWF Adria, Chef Lionel Levy, President of the French association Gourméditerranée, Suzana Musa, CEO of Veneficus, and Francesco Pantalone, general manager of the Bellevue hotel in Mali Lošinj.
The exchange of experiences and networking with other Mediterranean countries and the education of pupils, students and professionals are the main objectives of the Taste the Mediterranean Festival. Therefore, the program also includes culinary masterclasses of the best foreign and domestic chefs and workshops for students of the private catering school Oliva Allegra, Aspira high school and Jure Kaštelan high school in Omiš.
The round table “Learn and make your dreams come true” is also aimed at young people who wish to invest in their knowledge. Kruno Rozić, Education Manager at Raise the Bar Academy, will present how young chefs, waiters and bartenders can earn a Coca-Cola Academy Raise the Bar scholarship to train at prestigious global culinary schools. In addition, confectioner Tea Mamut, Chef Nikolina Putica, Chef Deni Srdoč of Restaurant Rijeka Nebo and Tonči Drlje, Head of Gastronomy at Aspira High School, will all share their inspiring stories of education in an international environment.
Taste the Mediterranean has established an extraordinary cooperation with Spain, partner country of the festival, for the second year in a row and brings its specialties, wines and olive oils to Split. In addition to the culinary show at Briig Boutique Hotel, Spanish products will be presented by Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre. At the Park Hotel with chef Goran Šikić, they will prepare a gala dinner with specialties from their country.
The festival’s exclusive wine tastings will be led by excellent wine connoisseurs Alen Gulan, Siniša Koceić and Rajner Rogulj from Split’s Vinolike. At the same time, Dr Mirella Žanetić will present in particular the Spanish extra virgin olive oils.
A group of chefs from the French association Gourméditerranée also come to the festival to present the gastronomy of Provence and the south of France in its best light, as well as the great global event Gout de France.
On Saturday October 9, festival participants will discover the beauties of Omiš and the Cetina river canyon and enjoy the delicacies of Radman’s mills and Arsana tasting house in Omis.
It will be an exciting promotion of Split and Dalmatia as the leading Mediterranean food destination and promote Croatian Mediterranean identity, food and heritage.
Taste the Mediterranean is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Croatian Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Tourism and CNTB, Split-Dalmatia County, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and the tourist office in Split.
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