Olive Oil Fair in Vodnjan, Istria is happening every year in November, for 7 consecutive years. It’s been around as long as Frank’s been in Istria. But for some reason Frank has never attended the fair. Until this year.
After the great day in Rabac, tasting Oleum Viride Extra Virgine Olive Oil at Belic Family, Frank headed for Vodnjan. At Vodnjan’s big parking a big exhibition tent is put up. On exhibit – local products: olive oil, cheese, ham (prosciutto), sausages, wine, jams, and many other locally produced delicacies. Entrance is free and you can just stroll around stands and taste whatever tempts you. If you wish to be wine tasting, you will need to buy wine vouchers and specially designed wine glass that you hang around your neck when empty. Just to make sure your arms are free for tasting delights. For each wine you want to taste, you handle a 7 kn (less than a euro) wine voucher. As for the wine glass, you get to keep it as the souvenir.
At the far end of the tent, there was a cooking area. The way it was set, it reminded Frank of a theater. On stage, the top Istrian chefs show cooking delicious meals: wild deer prepared with apricot and figs, and served with polenta, fish balls, traditional Istrian pasta served with different sauces. For 30 kn a meal, the price was a real bargain.
Olive Oil Fair in Vodnjan is another way of promoting Istrian Olive Oils and their producers. Istrian olive oil is one of the top olive oils in the world. And as many foreign friends, who visited Frank in Istria, have pointed out, people are really extremely proud of their olive oils. And you notice it. In the 2012 edition of the Flos Olei, a guide to the world’s best extra virgin olive oils, Istria has in total 43 extra virgin olive oils listed. The highest scores in their respective categories reached: Oleum Viride Extra Virgin Olive Oil Buza has scored 96 points in category “intense fruity”, Ipsa Extra Virgin Olive Oil Frantoio scored 96 points in category “medium fruity”, and Zigante Extra Virgin Olive Oil Bjelica scored 95 points in category of organic olive oils.