Slovenia Celebrates St. Martin’s Day on 11 November

This is one of the most popular holidays in the country, although it is not an official day off. On St. Martin’s Day, many cities and towns (Ljubljana, Maribor, Ptuj, Ormož, Gornja Radgona, etc.) of Slovenia hold wine and culinary festivals.

On 11 November, for the second time this month, the capital will host the Wine Festival ‘Ljubljanska vinska pot – Martinovanje’. About 160 manufacturers of wines and culinary products will represent their products: about 90 manufacturers on 4 November and about 70 manufacturers on 11 November.

Traditional festival in Maribor is considered the largest one-day celebration of St. Martin’s Day in the world. According to organisers’ estimates, it is visited by over 20 thousand people from all over Slovenia and foreign countries, regardless of the day of the week.

In 2017, the event will be held at the Leon Štuklj Square. It starts exactly at 11:00 a.m. Organisers promise a real fun in the Styrian style. On the festive Saturday, people will have fun in the Kras region as well. The peculiarity of the local St. Martin’s Day celebration is that it unites the suppliers of goods and services of the wine region, who will present their products to the participants of the event. This year, they have also prepared free tickets for bus travels, following the joking principle of “jump on — jump off” (Slovene: skoči gor – skoči dol). Tickets will be issued when buying tasting coupons, which can be purchased in such cities as Sežana, Štanjel, Dutovlje and Pliskovica.

In the Goriška Brda region, the settlement of Šmartno will become the central venue for the celebrations this year. It will host the main cultural and entertainment events as well as the local culinary market. For lovers of sports, a holiday trip (Slovene: martinov pohod) for 6.5 km is organized in the settlement of Vipolže. During the trip, guests can learn a lot of interesting things about wine, olive oil, persimmon and other products.

The 25th St. Martin’s Day celebration in Ormož will begin on Friday, 10 November. The celebration includes a wine-culinary festival and a number of cultural and entertainment events. The St. Martin’s Day fest traditionally takes place in the oldest city of Slovenia—Ptuj. There you can try wines and culinary products from local manufacturers. The festivities will be also held in Gornja Radgona, where you can taste young wine and learn some interesting facts about the preparation of sparkling drinks.