Meeting of children and youth choirs
Meeting of children and youth choirs
7th international sausage festival
World Sausage Stuffing on Beka Championship
The ancient Istrian way of stuffing sausages, which dates back to a period when meat used to make sausages was cut with a knife instead of being grounded with a meat grinder, is the so called “stuffing on beka”. In this case the beka is a freshly cut willow switch, the same type used to bind the vines in the vineyard or for basket weaving.
A beka was used to shape a loop or half moon, the beginning of the swine casing would then be tightened over this rounded shape, and the meat filling would then be put into the casing by hand. In reviving this ancient skill, which is closely related to the tradition of sausage making in Istria, the fair in Sv. Petar u Šumi is enriched with an attractive and entertaining competition to which many contestants from outside Istra apply.
The championship is conducted in two rounds: on the first day of the fair, all registered competitors pass through the qualifying rounds, while the finals take place on the second day during the afternoon. Each competitor, both in the qualifications and in the finals, receives 2 kg of finished meat mix, 5 m of swine casing, a willow switch called a beka, and is given 20 minutes. In that time, he/she has to stuff and shape as many sausages as possible, and points are assigned for speed, having a casing stuffing without air pockets or cavities, for the external appearance of the sausages and their total weight.
The World Sausage Stuffing on Beka Championships have been taking place as part of the European Sausage Fair since 2014.
This fair has become a traditional event, inevitable in the terms of economics and tourism and it has become the trademark of Svetvinčenat.
The shortest trail is dedicated to beginners in trail running. It starts at the bottom of the town of Motovun, climbs up the town and merges with the 100 miles trail. With the elevation difference of 1.170 m and a time limit of 8 hours, this trail is not very challenging, but nevertheless, has all the elements of a real trail race: it leads you through steep climbs and slopes, wide paths, intact single tracks and charming hill towns - a real treat!
Info about the races:
Red 100 miles
100 miles (168 km) | +6.539 m | -6.819 m
Start @ Labin, Friday, 16:00
Blue 110 km
110 km | +4.394 m | -4.394 m
Start @ Lovran, Friday, 22:00
Green 67 km
67 km | +2.441 m | -2.521 m
Start @ Buzet, Saturday, 12:00
Yellow 41 km
41 km | +1.129 m | -1.279 m
Start @ Motovun (parking) Saturday, 09:00
Revival of Easter traditions
In April, the Easter spirit will rule over Žminj, a small picturesque village in central Istria, in which the event dedicated to pinca, the traditional Istrian Easter sweet bread will take place. This event reminds us of the not so distant past when the custom of baking pinca played a very important role during Easter festivities, and all visitors will be able to see and taste what people used to eat for Easter breakfast.
Hardworking housewives from all over Istria will show their Easter sweet breads and Easter pastries for tasting. They will delight in showing you how the pinca was once kneaded and baked by the fireplace and they will share their recipes. Pinca was once prepared in every household for Easter.
This was one of the few sweet dishes at the modest Easter table in many households. Women used to knead this sweet bread with raisins the day before in order to make the dough reach the desired size, and it was baked in large bread ovens. Unlike bread, the sugar, eggs and obligatory raisins are added to the pinca dough. At the end, the top of the bread is cut into the shape of a cross and decorated with olive leaves.
However, it is not just the pinca that is an unmissable part of the Easter tradition in Istria. Jajarice were also baked on this day for children. These are braided buns onto which a boiled egg is added to the top. Children were always especially excited about this gift, which they would receive with a painted egg given to them for Easter lunch by every member of the family.
The Wine Festival of Central Istria will be held traditionally on Easter Monday. On the day when the streets of medieval Gračišće are turned into a large inn in the open, visitors will be given the opportunity for wine tasting in the old town core in 18 taverns. The wine tasting begins at 11 hours, when is the official opening of the festival, until the 19 hours when the tavern are closed.
The winner ceremony will be held on the day of the event at the center in Gračišće.
Science fiction convention
Welcome to the world of dreams
For a few days in spring, Pazin, city in the heart of Istria, becomes the venue for a very unusual event - science fiction convention. After being held for the first time in 2000 it soon grew into a real festival of borderline sciences, SF literature and films, accompanied by a rich program of lectures, computer workshops, card playing tournaments, creative writing workshops, sports competitions, fashion shows and theme parties.
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