Fig Days on the island of Krk: the 10-day program officially begins!
August 28, 2021 – From August 27 to September 5, the town of Krk on the island of Krk will host the 15th edition of Fig Days.
Fig Days is a famous and traditional annual food event that lasts ten days this year, instead of being just a weekend festival, as it has been since 2007. It includes an outdoor exhibition – of fresh and dried figs – but also a wide variety of fig products, such as jams, cakes, dried figs, brandies and liqueurs which will be on display. The festival encourages and motivates caterers, local farmers, growers and vendors to include the fruit in their offering, promote it and sell their native product on the streets, thus contributing to Krk’s gastronomic identity.
The Fig Days program includes a much appreciated and free distribution of 100 fig plants, but also interesting lectures on the topic of figs by the leading fig specialist, Željko Prgomet, doc.dr.sc., and Iva Prgomet, Ph.D., as well as a book promotion. There will also be workshops on making figs from clay, felting figs from Krk’s sheep wool and individual advice on growing figs.
Fig, we all know (and some of us love it), is a teardrop-shaped fruit with green skin that can ripen to purple or brown, with soft, reddish flesh containing many seeds. crunchy. It is, we also know, both delicious and healthy, but you might want to know, and you will know if you come to Krk, that it is native to the Ficus carica, a small species of tree in the mulberry family, and that it has been cultivated since Antiquity. It is of course the most widespread and most appreciated fruit of the Mediterranean (and Asia), but is now widely cultivated around the world.
On the island of Krk, figs have been cultivated for centuries, but have also been mistakenly neglected in recent times. Figs can be eaten fresh or dried or made into jam, rolls, cookies and other types of desserts. Since ripe fruit does not ship and store well, most commercial production occurs in dried and processed forms. Raw figs contain around 80% water and 20% carbohydrates, with a negligible content of proteins, fats and micronutrients. They are a moderate source of alimentary fiber. But what can a great chef do with, from and with figs? Crazy and most delicious dishes, for sure!
To mark the 15th anniversary of the project, on Monday August 30, a special gala dinner will take place in the Marina Blue restaurant of the Marina Hotel in Krk. It will be a gastronomic event, a true gastronomic experience offered by a young but highly esteemed and Michelin starred chef Deni Srdoč, supported by Spart Jazz Duo. The fig-themed dinner “Fig of Deni Srdoč” will give everyone a whole new perspective on figs and, in addition to the dishes, it will serve fantastic Kvarner wines: sparkling and still, all produced locally by the winemakers of the region which more recently united in the Kvarner Wine Association.
The menu consists of the most delicious dishes – such as beef tartare with hollandaise sauce, focaccia bread, chive emulsion and pickled figs, accompanied by Plovanić sparkling wine. The first course will be followed by marinated hake, fennel salad, beetroot, orange and fig sauce, and spirulina mayonnaise accompanied by Žlahtina Sveta Lucija de l ‘Estate Winery Katunar, recently awarded the Bronze Decanter in London. Then the wild mushroom risotto and fig reduction will be on the menu, as well as the excellent Trojišćina rosé by Ivica Dobrinčić from the Šipun winery. The main course will of course be a dish of lamb – namely – lamb confit glazed with figs, potato foam, sautéed vegetables and lamb jus. The Kuća vina Ivan Katunar winery produces the exquisite Sansigot wine of the eponymous grape native to the island of Susak, and saved by the winegrowers of Vrbnik, in particular Kuća vina Ivan Katunar.
For the more gourmet, chocolate terrine, vanilla cream, hazelnut crumble and flambé figs will close this fig story in style, or rather – a fairy tale, with Misno vino (Žlahitna variety) from the Gospoja cellar for the water. Most interesting for tourists, however, is a special catering offer in the area of the town of Krk throughout the duration of the festival, all with the common theme: fig (s).
During the “Days of the Fig” – 15 restaurants, bistros, wine and gourmet bars and “konobas” from the region will serve delicious dishes based on figs. You might want to try the steak with prawns and fig sauce with a side dish of homemade pasta šurlice with prawn and fig sauce… Or, fish fillet with apricots and dried figs with prosecco; pork loin with fig sauce; appetizing dried figs with mascarpone and cinnamon cream with pie base, pancakes and crostatas with homemade fig jam … so why not come and have fun at the very end of summer, or simply take it as a kind of prelude in the coming days of autumn?
Learn more about the project on https://www.tz-krk.hr/en/15th-fig-days-city-of-krk
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