Real Food Lessons From Slovenia- Food Rights Hour Podcast

Slovenia on Food Rights Hour 

Slovenian Cows

Slovenian Cows

Join Dr. Kaayla Daniel and Sylvia Onusic, PhD, for Episode 6 of the Food Rights Hour,  Real Food Lessons from Slovenia. You can download the podcast  at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund website as they discuss the real food situation in  Slovenia, the food freedom and diversity that such a small country ‘on the sunny side of the Alps” has to offer. (recorded February 14, 2013)

Sylvia, a Slovenian American, lived in Slovenia for six years and worked at the Ministry of Health. She is hosting the “Taste of Slovenia- A Real Food Tour”  May 16-23, 2013. The tour starts in Ljubljana, Slovenia and includes the Mediterranean Coast, the Karst, Northern Alpine areas, the capitol city and more.   Even though the country is small with two million population, Sylvia is certain she has only discovered a small part of what the country has to offer in cuisine, culture and new experiences.  The topographical and geological and we as the history of the country accounts for the  diversity and some 26 culinary regions each having distinctly delicious and different dishes.  

But the question is: where is it, and why Slovenia? 1) Slovenia is Europe. This small microcosm is located at the crossroads of Europe and neighbors on Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. Because of its location, history, and geology, Slovenia shares a Big Bite of food history with these countries which is reflected in its cuisine.

2) Slovenia is local.  “Because of our small size, all foods are local in Slovenia,” says Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Ljubljana,Irena Rogelj.  In this small country, about half the size of Switzerland, where land is at a premium, real food has always been extremely important. Even today, the emphasis is still on “domaca,” fresh, local, naturally grown foods which are prepared at home.  Traditional foods continue to hold a special place in Slovenian cuisine.

3) The Slovenian landscape is truly beautiful. Waterfalls, alpine lakes, peaks and meadows, plains, hundreds of caves, dramatic karst landscape, seacoast,and  the 2nd most forested country in Europe makes Slovenia the Green place to visit.   For some quality e-brochures see these links: Friendly Countryside. Slovenian Wine Roads   Taste Slovenia Cuisine of Slovenia Gastronomy.  Fresh and Tasty from the Sunny Side

4) A small country with such diversity and natural beauty, and quality of food and wine, is the perfect place for a premier food tour.

Mali Grad

Mali Grad

We have a great group of people going on the tour this year but may have a few places available. Join us for a wonderful experience May 16-23, 2013.  To inquire, email Sylvia at or See you in Slovenia.

Dobrodošli – Welcome.  For more  images of Slovenia and it’s vibrant food scene  click here!


About Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, LDN, CNS

Licensed and board-certfied nutritionist, writer and researcher. BS in Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition Education;, MS in Health Administration; PhD in Public Health Education; completed the dietetic program at Penn State, University and the CNS Certified Nutrition Specialist program. Fulbrighter to Slovenia in Public Health. Speaker at Weston A. Price Foundation Conference and International Raw Milk Symposiums. Member of the American College of Nutrition. Creator and tour leader for "Taste of Slovenia, a Real Food Tour."
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