Kvarner newsletter / no 21

Chestnuts, hot sweet chestnuts…

The month of October in Lovran and the whole Opatija Riviera is known for its wonderful atmosphere and unique tastes. At this time of year, the wide gastronomic offer of the region is enriched with delicacies made of sweet chestnut, popularly known as the Lovran Marron. If you haven't tried these yet, this is your chance to do so, because the new season has just begun!

Sweet chestnut is a cultivated species of chestnut that grows abundantly on the slopes of Mount Učka, most notably around Lovran, Opatija and Mošćenička Draga. You can recognise them by the light colour of the skin, which can be easily removed, and the fact that they taste sweeter than other chestnuts. Their quality is the reason why sweet chestnuts from this area are highly appreciated and used in gastronomy, not only for sweets, abut also for preparing meat and other dishes. In the period from the 8th to the 25th of October, Lovran and its neighbouring villages, Dobreč and Liganj, host the 36th Marunada Sweet Chestnut Festival with a varied cultural and entertainment programme. The event includes performances by various orchestras, folklore ensembles, vocal groups and other performers, as well as sporting events, exhibitions of sweets and mushrooms, and a town fair. Visitors will probably be most attracted by gastronomic delicacies offered in restaurants and cafés in Lovran and all across the region.
The taste of sweet chestnuts from Lovran is definitely additional reason to visit Opatija Riviera in October and try some of the specialities served on hotel terraces, in restaurants, cafés and cake shop.