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Croatian festival of jams and marmalades in Dubrovnik

Croatian festival of jams and marmalades in Dubrovnik

“I wish we could start the meal the other way around,” explained the jolly faced lady. “I mean not to fill up with the savoury courses but go straight into the sweet desserts,” she added. Croatians, in general, are renowned for having a sweet-tooth. And who can blame them when they have desserts sought after all over the world. Could there be a “sweeter” festival to visit than a festival of jams and marmalades in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

The eighth Croatian festival of jams and marmalades will be held on the weekend of the 11th to the 13th of October in the very heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik on the Stradun in front of the St. Blaise Church. Small and specialised producers from all over the country will descend on the city bringing with them hundreds of varieties of natural marmalades, jams and jellies. Dressed in national costumes and presenting jams made from lemons, cherries, strawberries, plums, figs and oranges the festival is one of the highlights of early October in Dubrovnik. A must try is a jam made from a traditional Dubrovnik orange, the Dubrovnik bitter orange. As you enter the Old City from the Pile Gate you will see this orange growing wildly by the side of the pathway. It was also cultivated in the times of the Dubrovnik Republic in the 12th century and can be seen today growing in the monasteries and walled private gardens of the city. Jam made from this particular bitter orange is unique in flavour and unique to the Dubrovnik region and makes the perfect souvenir of your time in this historic city.

Last year more than thirty jam and marmalade producers attended the festival and made Dubrovnik “sweet and sticky” for the weekend. The aim is to promote and present the best that Croatia has to offer, with high-quality locally produced goods, the country has a rich heritage and jam making is part of the culture. At the end of the festival a team of expert judges choose the “pick of the festival” and award the best jam and marmalade, as far as we are concerned, and we think you’ll agree, everyone is a clear winner.

The participants of the festival are the national manufacturers of sweets. The festival takes place in Luza square, the central square of the Old city of Dubrovnik, in front of the church of St Blaise.

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