Kvarner newsletter / no 20

Ravna Gora
Autumn in Gorski kotar

Are you good at recognising edible mushrooms? Do you enjoy their taste and would you like to participate in gathering mushrooms in the wild, preparing dishes and tasting them? Autumn in Ravna Gora is the right time to do so …

The municipality of Ravna Gora is located in the middle of the wooded Gorski kotar area – an ideal place for gathering mushrooms. In addition to enjoying fresh mountain air, all those who decide to visit this area on the 12th of September will have the chance to attend the Mushrooms Festival, which is a part of the all-year event entitled "Ravna Gora's Fruits of the Mountains". In company of expert guides, gathering mushrooms will definitely be more successful and interesting. After that, all participants are invited to a mushroom exhibition and to sample some mushroom specialities. Those who like cooking can try to make a traditional "mushroom stew".

One week later, you are invited to the Potato Festival in Fužine, where local restaurant owners will compete in preparing potato-goulash in a saucepan over open fire. Of course, all visitors will have the chance to sample specialities made of region's high-quality potatoes. The Plum Festival in Brod Moravice will be an excellent chance to learn more about some of the area's traditional customs and products made of plums. Apple Festival is scheduled for the 3rd of October in Brod na Kupi and Kuželj and will include apples exhibition and a lecture about the beneficial effects of apples on human health. Visitors will have the chance to taste various products made of this tasty, healthy fruit. There will also be a fair of local products and souvenirs, and a walking tour in the valley of the River Kupa.

Does it need mentioning that regardless which of these events you decide to visit, you will have a good time and a chance to sample some tasty products?! But that is not all – wonderful natural surroundings, numerous walking trails, various possibilities for recreational activities, friendly hosts and an increasing offer of gastronomic specialities and accommodation make Gorski kotar an attractive destination all year round.