Kvarner newsletter / no 32

Učka Nature Park
Učka Fair celebrates the area's protected heritage and local traditions

For the fourth year in a row, Učka Nature Park is holding the attractive Učka Fair – an exhibition dedicated to the area's traditional products, local heritage and old handicrafts. Based on the interest generated by the fair in previous years, more than 10,000 visitors are now expected on the 5th of September.

The road that leads to Učka Nature Park will definitely be crowded with nature lovers on the 5th of September: the reason for that is the 4th Učka Fair, an event dedicated to the tradition and heritage of the areas on and around Mount Učka, the mountain that connects Kvarner and Istria. People have always lived in harmony with nature here, which resulted in a unique mixture of traditions typical for Kvarner and Istria.

The fair took place for the first time in 2007. The original idea was to present various riches of the local area, such as original gastronomy, traditional dishes and drinks, old handicrafts and music, cultural customs and household items, as well as the area's historical, cultural and ethnological heritage that can still be found in many local households. Since such details and products have been recognised as highlights of the tourism offer, the fair usually attracts up to 10,000 visitors.

This is the reason why this relatively new event has already turned from a typical local fair into a traditional annual event that adds to the regular offer of Učka Nature Park and helps preserve the traditional values of the local area from falling into oblivion.

It is announced that 30 local producers will offer their high-quality products at the fair, such as honey, medicinal herbs, snail products, various sorts of cheese, wines, brandies, pršut dry-cured ham, home-made cakes, and even natural cosmetic products. The fair will also include exhibition of traditional tools, dishes and indigenous musical instruments, and the presentation of local handicrafts. The visitors will also have the chance to take a look at the exhibition of mushrooms, and particularly interesting will be a pen with local domestic animals – the Istrian cattle known as boškarin, the Istrian sheep called pramenka, goats and the Istrian donkey. Their owners will demonstrate to the visitors how obedient these animals are.

The gastronomic offer within Učka Fair will be based exclusively on local food, and the cultural and entertainment programme will include appearance of folklore societies and vocal groups who will perform old dances and traditional songs of the region.

The visitors are also invited to attend various lectures to learn more about some hidden attractions of Mount Učka.