Kvarner newsletter / no 4

Indigenous local dishes with certificate

Crikvenica should soon become the first Croatian town to have certificated catering establishments where guests can sample traditional dishes of the region.

The Hotel Kaštel in Crikvenica runs a course for cooks wishing to learn how to prepare traditional dishes from the region of Crikvenica. This project was initiated by the Committee for Gastronomy, which was founded on the occasion of the recent celebration of 120 years of tourism in Crikvenica. The aim of the project is to emphasise the importance of the quality of gastronomic specialities offered to guests who are interested in sampling typical dishes of the region.

Since the interest in traditional dishes has recently increased, the leaders of the Committee for Gastronomy have, in collaboration with the Town of Crikvenica Tourist Board and numerous local people (especially elderly ones who can remember the recipes of their grandmothers) selected as many as 29 original dishes of the region.

Cold starters include: salted or marinated oily fish, asparagus and egg salad, Atlantic bonito in oil and rucola. Soups will include asparagus soup, clear fish soup, and some other traditional dishes.

Hot starters include lasagne Crikvenica style, cod traditional style, cooked oily fish and black risotto.

Main fish dishes include various specialities of the region such as fish with potatoes, polenta, calamari, brodetto, etc.

Meat dishes also include various local specialities prepared in traditional style.

The offer will also include desserts such as pancakes, fritters, strudel, Frankopan cake, cheese and cherry cake, all made in the traditional style, and the original coffee of the region.