Sora pri Medvodah, 1. 3. 2019
European Food Summit
(16–19 March), the most important food event
in the region, was previously known as Gourmet Cup Ljubljana. It aspires to
become the most important European culinary event and a unique
platform that contributes to the shaping of a sustainable European
future and promotes Slovenia, through a unique gastronomic identity,as an important gastronomic region and Ljubljana as its culinary
The four-day event, organised by Jezeršek
Catering in cooperation with partners Slovenian Tourist Board and Ljubljana
Tourism and the Gourmet Ljubljana brand, starts Saturday, 16
March and is bound to bring a new energy to Ljubljana’s Saturday culinary activity.
So what’s ahead?
The European Food Summit will kick off with the
pre-premiere of Open Kitchen, the most popular food market on the sunny
side of the Alps. For this special occasion, Open Kitchen will exclusively take
place at the beautiful Križanke and at Trg francoske revolucije
(French Revolution Square) between 10.00am to 9.00pm, treating visitors to
select dishes, highlighting the offer of Slovenian eateries and restaurants and
complemented by Slovenian wine, gin and craft beer. Open Kitchen charges no
Based on prior registration,
foodies and gourmands will be able to register for Gourmet Ljubljana Crawl,
the tastiest six-course tour of Ljubljana. During the Gourmet Ljubljana Craw,
six of the most popular sights and landmarks in Ljubljana will transform into
exclusive pop-up eateries hosted by Ljubljana’s top Chefs, treating visitors to
innovative, inspiring and delectable original creations made from local
ingredients and complemented by an assortment of select wines. Gourmet
Ljubljana Crawl charges a €49.90 registration fee. After settlement of
the registration fee, crawlers will receive QR codes for event registration
between noon and 2.00pm at the Info point at the Ljubljana Central Market (event
materials provided at the location).
The first stop of the culinary crawl is located atDobraVaga (Adamič-Lunder Embankment 5)
where Chef Jakob Pintar (TaBar)
will start the crawlers off with
amuse-bouche. Today, Jakob is chef at
Ljubljana’s most popular tapas bar, though not long ago he was still sharpening
his knives in restaurants by world-famous Gordon Ramsey and the
extraordinary Joël Robuchon.
At Kresija Gallery (Stritarjeva ulica 6),
visitors will be met by Janez Bratovž (JB Restaurant), one of the
pillars of high cuisine in Slovenia, who has succeeded at being recognised in
the San Pellegrino’s list of the world’s 100 best restaurants. Crawlers
are invited to visit the extraordinary black & white photography exhibition
hosted at the Gallery, dubbed Spirit of the city, Ljubljana Old Town through
the Eyes of Tihomir Pinter.
At the Museum of Illusions (Kongresni trg 13), crawlers will be warmly
welcomed by Jorg Zupan (Atelje Restaurant), who despite his youth possesses an abundance of
experience from kitchens from around the world and is considered one of the greatest Slovenian talents. The exhibition,
certain to persuade visitors that nothing is as appears at first sight, charges
no admission fees. Are you ready for an unforgettable and fantastic experience?
Appetizers will be available until 3.30pm.
At the Town Hall (Mestni
crawlers will be treated to an urban main course by Chef Igor Jagodic (Strelec
Restaurant), mentored by Kaval Group, considered one of the
top chefs in Ljubljana for years. At the Town Hall, visitors are invited to try
to connect to their wild sides and see the admission-free and picturesque
large-format oil painting exhibition by Gregor Pratneker, Into the Nature.
Ljubljana Castle (Grajska
planota 1), accessible
by foot or funicular, and Chef Peter Kovač (Maxim Restaurant) known for
his delicious and organic recipes will be responsible for providing crawlers a
genuine medieval main course. The castle guarding over Ljubljana offers a breath-taking
view of the beautiful city and its cobbled streets and provides guided and
admission free tours of three exhibitions: Eva Petrič: TRANShomoPLANTATION; Dušan Kirbiš: Fons opus and Edi Šelhaus: Photographic Highlights.
The main course will be served between 3.30pm and 5.00pm.
Finally, head for the once-in-a-lifetime ambiance of Ljubljana’s Križanke
(Trg francoske revolucije 1). Dessert will be served by Chef Mojmir
Šiftar (Evergreen Restaurant), named by Gault&Millau the Young Talent of 2019.
We are positive that this final course will be the icing on the cake that is
bound to leave you speechless.
Please join us at Open Kitchen offering a varied assortment of food and
drink by eateries and restaurants from throughout Slovenia.
If you are a real foodie and love to investigate the streets of
Ljubljana on a busy Saturday, do not miss Gourmet Ljubljana Crawl!
Registrations are limited, so submit yours now!
All pop-up eateries are located in the Ljubljana city centre. Estimated
time at individual eatery 25 minutes, average walking time between
eateries approx. 10 minutes. At each of the locations, crawlers will receive a
glass (0.5dcl) of exceptional wine by select Slovenian winemakers. All recipes
are fixed and cannot be adjusted. Any possible allergens will be indicated
explicitly. Certain pop-up eateries might not be handicap accessible. On
previous arrangement, free-of-charge transport between individual locations
with the Cavalier – the most user and environmentally friendly urban public
transport service – is also available.
DobraVaga is an exhibition and project space, a
sales gallery and open studio of various artistic languages, styles and
content. It hosts in particular the aesthetic reflections of the younger
generation of artists. DobraVaga focuses
on new, engaged and innovative formats to actively support, encourage and
promote new releases of artistic stories and original artistic practices.
Kresija Gallery, the most
representative exhibition area of the Municipality of Ljubljana, is located in
the heart of the city not far from Plečnik’s Tromostovje (Triple Bridge). The
most characteristic feature of the gallery is its transparency. Namely, the
large windows effectively communicate the displays in the exhibition area to
the curious passers-by on Ljubljana’s busy streets. The Gallery is a showcase
for urban events. Its activities focus on showcasing Municipality of Ljubljana
projects and planning of solo and group art expositions by Slovenian authors as
well as exhibitions resulting from international and inter-city initiatives.
At the Museum of Illusions, though a
picture might be worth a thousand words – an illusion is worth millions. The
Museum of Illusions offers an exciting visual, sensory and educational
experience through a collection of exclusive illusions and holograms. Enter the
world where nothing is as appears at first sight and experience a magical realm
At the Town Hall, projects by the Municipality of Ljubljana and
others with a significance to Ljubljana as a city are exhibited. The four
exhibition areas at the Town Hall are the Historical Atrium, Right Atrium,
Glass Atrium and the Central Atrium. These spaces host exhibitions by artists,
cultural and art associations, institutions and other establishments. In front
is the Robba Fountain, one of the most famous landmarks in Ljubljana, modelled
on famous Roman fountains.
Ljubljana Castle, the most popular tourist attraction in Ljubljana, has been offering exquisite views of Slovenia’s
capital and its surroundings for over 900 years. It provides excellent
opportunities to escape the stress of daily life in a pristine medieval
setting. Ljubljana Castle hosts cultural events, concerts, performances,
exhibitions, conferences and formal receptions that mould the city that we
Križanke, one of Ljubljana’s
most notable sights, was first a large monastic complex. The then monastery was
remodelled by architect Jože Plečnik. Along the church, the architect designed
an area for archaeological remains while the aptly named Devil’s Courtyard was
intended for chamber performances. Today, Križanke is known as one of the most
beautiful open-air venues with unparalleled acoustics.