Ptuj Hosts Wine and Food Festival
Last weekend, the oldest Slovenian town of Ptuj was full of fun and prunes. The third international Sauvignon Wine Tasting and Food Festival “28. Dobrote Slovenskih Kmetij” was held under the unofficial slogan “Let Us Unite Monasteries” (“Povežimo samostana” in Slovene).
In total, about 100 samples of Sauvignon wines and more than 1,100 Slovenian culinary dishes were presented in Ptuj last weekend. 60 wine producers from 9 countries presented their products: Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, France, New Zealand, Serbia, and Slovenia. All of them presented their own collections of Sauvignon wines, which were available for tasting for only 18 euros. It can be safely stated that this tasting was the feast of wine harvests 2015 and 2016. The Culinary Festival involved gastronomic creations of only 4 representatives: Grand Hotel Primus, Pan Restaurant, Grabar Restaurant and Vila Rustica. Each of them offered one or more traditional Styrian dishes for 3.60 euros.
The carefully prepared menus this time included dishes from chefs of the Pan Restaurant from Kidričevo (bester in batter with spaghetti and Sauvignon Blanc of 2007 verdemmia from the Meranovo cellar and Sauvignon Blanc of 1986 verdemmia from Ptuj cellar). The culmination of the event was the main course from the chefs of Grand Hotela Primus – Veal Tenderloin with Asparagus and Greens. Sauvignon Blanc of 1997 verdemmia from the Puklavec cellar and Sauvignon Blanc of 1972 verdemmia Ptuj cellars were offered as appetizers. In conclusion, chocolate brownies with strawberries and exotic mango from the Lušt confectionery were served. Sauvignin Blanc of 1990 verdemmia from the Ptuj cellar and Cabarnet Sauvignon of 1989 verdemmia from the Vina Koper cellar were presented as a wine supplement.
The highlight of the Festival was a tea collection and a huge selection of dairy products. For the second consecutive year, the exhibition of Slovenian honey and other products enjoys a great success: juices, canned vegetables, marmalades and jams, dried fruits, alcoholic drinks, sunflower oil, wine, meat products, fruit products, bread and bakery products, vinegar, compotes. According to organisers, both events were visited by 13–15 thousand people.