Kvarner newsletter / no 20

A tribute to the fishermen and the sea

This year, the renowned holiday resort of Crikvenica will host the 43rd Fishermen's Week. This is the oldest and most popular event in Crikvenica, a kind of farewell to summer and the main tourist season, but also a tribute to the area's long fishing tradition.

This year's Fishermen's Festival took place from the 29th of August to the 5th of September. The event, designed to mark the end of the main tourist season, is also a tribute to the tradition of fishing, which has always been very important in the area. Thanks to this tradition as a source of income, many generations of local people made their living and paid their education.

Fishermen's Week included a wide range of cultural, artistic, sporting and recreational events, which were all connected to the sea.

The sporting part of the festival was inaugurated by two sailing regattas: Marijan Pavletić Memorial and Branimir Jurinčić Memorial in the waters off Crikvenica. Other sporting events included the Croatian Wakeboard Championship, a water polo match (CPK – Primorje), table tennis tournament on Crikvenica's town beach, and the international Jet-Ski Cup Croatia. Musical programme included performances by the Berekin band, various street musicians and accordion players, Mirjana Bobuš, klapa Bonaca, and the TBF band from Split. Not to forget the 11th festival of klape harmony-singing groups.

Interesting interactive ceramics exhibition by Suzana Kljuš was displayed in the Crikvenica Tourism Office. As the exhibition's title "Take the fish and run" indicated, the visitors could take an interesting souvenir with them.

Seaside ambience would not be complete without appropriate gastronomic offer. "From the sea to the table" is the name of the gastro programme, which also had an educational function – the visitors could take part in fishing, learn how to clean the fish, and of course sample various specialities, such as the traditional salt pilchard bannock prepared by the Association of Craftsmen Crikvenica. The youngest ones made their contribution to the festival with an exhibition of drawings and dance on the waterfront. A part of the tradition is a display of fireworks, which marked the end of this year's Fishermen's Week and announced the next one, which will be the 44th in a row.