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Unlock the flavors of Istria

Discover the delicious secrets of Istrian cuisine with a cooking class in the heart of an olive grove


Are you a food lover who's always eager to learn about new cuisines and cooking techniques? If so, you won't want to miss out on the opportunity to take a cooking class in Istria, Croatia. This picturesque region is known for its delicious cuisine, fresh ingredients, and traditional cooking methods, and there's no better way to experience it all than by learning from local experts.

"Learn the region's culinary traditions and techniques from a local expert, using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients bought from the market. "

Olive grove

Istria is one of the most picturesque regions in Croatia, with rolling hills, lush forests, and stunning coastline. Cooking class is held in an olive grove where you'll be able to experience the natural beauty of the region up close. You'll be surrounded by the greenery of the trees and the fresh air of the countryside, creating a truly immersive and relaxing experience.

Istrian Cuisine

Istrian cuisine is a unique blend of Italian, Austrian, and Croatian influences, resulting in a rich and diverse culinary tradition. The region is known for its fresh seafood, truffles, olive oil, and wine, as well as its hearty meat dishes. The cooking class gives you the opportunity to learn the region's culinary traditions and techniques from a local expert, using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients bought from the market. This is a great way to connect with the local culture and gain a deeper appreciation for the region's cuisine. Whether you're learning how to make traditional Istrian pasta dishes, fresh seafood dishes, or traditional brudet and čripnja, you'll be amazed at the depth and complexity of the flavors you're able to create.

Unique experience with Local Heroes

Start your day at the local market in Pula where you will purchase the ingredients for the cooking class. Together with your knowlegable guide Choose from the best that Istria has to offer: fresh fish, oysters from Lim and other shellfish from the Adriatic, as well as delicious products from the surrounding hills: truffles, mushrooms, pure meat and artisanal cheeses, the famous pršut, the local raw ham.

Head to an idyllic cottage surrounded by olive trees where some of the secrets of the local cuisine will be revealed. The cooking class is always tailor-made and adapted to your preference. Start the culinary trip with a simple brunch– marenda and sip wine. You will have oportunity to prepare all the dishes from scratch and enjoy the fruits of our labour in the shade of olive trees. Learn how to prepare a traditional pasta or, for example, a traditional žgvacet (a typical local meat dish) or a brodet, which is somewhere between a fish goulash and a bouillabaisse.

Finally, end it all chatting alongside some coffee or grappa, like Istrians do.

If you're a food lover looking for a truly unique culinary experience in Istria, a cooking class in an olive grove is a must-try. You'll learn about olive oil production, cook with fresh ingredients, experience the natural beauty of the region, learn traditional cooking techniques, and make new connections with like-minded people.


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