A unique place for tasting tradition and sophisticated flavours of supreme delicacies
The Motovun forest stretches in the very heart of Istria, along the valley of the Mirna river underneath the town of Motovun. This luscious forest area hides one of the most precious fruits of the land – a truffle.
Every autumn a unique 9 weekend event, ‘Days of Zigante Truffles’, is organized in Livade.
It gathers numerous guests from Croatia and all parts of the world only to taste this supreme gourmet specialty as well as other exceptional flavours of Istrian delicacies.
This event made the village of Livade known as the center of the Istrian truffle, and the rich program of “Zigante Truffle Days” includes truffle fair, an international exhibition of wine and other indigenous Istrian products (such as Istrian prosciutto, sausage, cheese, honey, olive oil, schnapps…), culinary workshops, demonstrations of truffle hunting in the forest, and various tastings during which guests can try culinary specialties made with truffles presented by well-known chefs.
VISIT US IN LIVADE ON “ZIGANTE TRUFFLE DAYS 2020” FOR NINE AUTUMN WEEKEND, EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 19 SEPTEMBER TO 15 NOVEMBER 2020
WHITE TRUFFLE FAIR
Like everything else in Livade that is unique and connected with the truffle, the Zigante Truffle Days are a special and unique event that always celebrates the Istrian truffle anew and puts it on the pedestal of excellence. The Zigante Truffle Days last from mid-September for nine weekends to the second half of November, thus symbolically entering the central period of the white truffle season in Istria, when it is of the highest quality and most sought after.
With regard to the above, the Zigante Truffle Days are surely the longest event of that kind dedicated to the truffle, and at the same time, they are the largest Croatian and regional truffle exhibition. It is the meeting place of truffle hunters who exchange opinions and experiences, many guests who have come in search for truffles, reputable chefs, travel bloggers, truffle connoisseurs, experts in gastronomy, gastro-promoters of truffles and their unique attributes, and many others – statesmen, politicians, artists, cultural workers, celebrities etc. Under a large tent, over fi fty exhibitors exhibit their products – winegrowers, olive growers, makers of prosciutto, cheese, honey.
Livade and the Motovun forest are then transformed into a place which allows one to immerge into a fragrant and and suggestive atmosphere, walk around admiring the beauty of the area, taste superb local produce and take part in the exciting moment of finding a truffle.
The fair has a rich offer of white and black truffles harvested in their natural habitat – the forest. Top chefs transform this precious tuber into superb dishes which grab gourmands’ attention by its specific intoxicating taste.
The white truffle fair in Livade is the biggest truffle exhibition in Croatia and the region. Freshly harvested truffles are exhibited and sold to visitors and gourmands every weekend. How to choose a truffle? How to extract its highest value? How to preserve it? How to eat it? Top chefs and hostesses will reveal all aromatic and tactile secrets of these precious fungi at the fair. The fair is the place to meet and exchange experiences. It is a place where flavours of Istria can be tasted.