The third Weekend Food Festival is about to start! A real opportunity to enjoy top quality food and drinks

April is really full of surprises, sun, and festivals this year! Perfect combination, right?

If you want to make the most of this month and at the same time enjoy top cuisine, then from April 19 to 21 you will have to head to Rovinj, where the ideal opportunity awaits you to indulge in the greatest gastronomic spectacle, the third edition of the Weekend Food Festival, which this year promises unforgettable culinary experience.



The Old Tobacco Factory in Rovinj, thanks to the Weekend Food Festival, will become a gathering place for all lovers of gastronomy, regardless of whether food and drink is their business or passion. It is a gastronomic manifestation that will provide its visitors with the experience of enjoying top-quality food and drink with a rich selection of local delicacies and international culinary trends.


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This year’s edition of the Weekend Food Festival also brings a journey through the tastes and smells of local delicacies of Istria, which will be led by gastronomic virtuoso Jeffrey Vella, the corporate culinary director of Maistra, whose specialties have been enchanting the palate for years in the Cap Aureo restaurant located in Rovinj’s Grand Park Hotel. Matija Bogdan, executive chef of the Aminess group, and Ante Udovičić, top chef and well-known TV personality, will also talk about their gastronomic journey in Rovinj.

Why we ignore the importance of good traditional restaurants is a topic that will be discussed by David Skoko – Ribarev’s son, Vesna Miletić from the legendary restaurant Tač and one of the most respected Croatian chefs Hrvoje Zirojević, while Šime Gligora, director of Sirana Gligora from Kolan, will talk about whether local cuisine to become a tourist attraction and how to position autochthonous, local products with quality.


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Jorg Zupan, the Slovenian chef who closed the restaurant with a Michelin star last year and opened the new AFTR bistro, is coming to the old Tobacco Factory from Ljubljana, which is a real refreshment on the Slovenian culinary scene.

On his panel, in a conversation with Gašper Puhan, vice president of the European JRE Association, and Greg Repovž, owner of Repovž, he will reveal the secret of the Slovenian culinary scene.


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In addition to the Slovenian one, the Weekend Food Festival will also touch on the recipe for the success of the Belgrade gastronomic scene, which will be discussed by Goran Kovačević, Atoll Hotel Management, Dimitrije Acevski, executive chef in the Karisma Hotels & Resorts group, Aleksandar Vasiljević, general manager of Hilton Hotel and Saša Pejić, CEO BQ Restaurant Group, which also includes the popular Lafayette.

The festival, which will be hosted by the region’s most prestigious gastro and eno names, will reveal the secrets of numerous success stories, including that of one of the most prominent regional business leaders, the legendary owner of the Macedonian winery Tikveš, Svetozar Janevski.

Also arriving from Serbia is Nevena Veselinović, nutritionist and founder of the unique Veganluk sustainable concept of life and nutrition, and a pioneer in popularizing a complete plant-based diet.


Weekend Food Festival Photo: WFF


The story of what it’s like to be German in Turkey is best known by Maximilian J.W. Thomae, the founder of modern Turkish cuisine, who has been building his career in Turkey for 25 years. Enchanted every day by the variety of Turkish flavors and aromas, he arrives in Rovinj to reveal the secrets of Turkish cuisine.


However, the Weekend Food Festival is not only made up of the successful names of the domestic and regional gastronomic scene but also a journey through the diversity of food at the Weekend Food Market, which will bring together numerous restaurateurs and provide visitors with a unique offer of local and international dishes.

Excellent workshops, such as that of Ante Pižić and Alen Bibich, who will prepare real Skradin risotto, are just part of the culinary spectacle expected at this year’s Weekend Food Festival.


Weekend Food Festival Photo: WFF


You can find the entire program on the official website of the Weekend Food Festival, and get tickets at You can follow all the news on the official Facebook and Instagram channels.

See you in Rovinj!





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