Taste of Slovenia 2014 tour announced, May 30- June 9, 2014

Castle Sneznik

Castle Sneznik

We are very proud to announce that our second annual premier culinary tour, Taste of Slovenia, will take place May 30 to June 9, 2014, showcasing the traditional and local cuisines of this small jewel of a country.  You may ask, where is Slovenia, and why a food tour to Slovenia?  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 food history with these countries which is reflected in its cuisine.

Grown on Slovenian Soil

Grown on Slovenian Soil

“Because of our small size, all foods are local in Slovenia,” says Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Ljubljana, Irena Rogel.  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

LjubljanaCastleThe tour includes the capitol Ljubljana, the Adriatic Sea Coast, Goriska Brda, Karst, Vipava Valley, Julian Alps, Logar Alpine Valley, Lakes Bled and Bohinj, Dolenjska Thermal Spa, Cerknica, Velika planina, local villages and castles

 We showcase the rich culinary heritage of Slovenia in this tour which includes wines, cheeses and raw diary, prosciutto and other charcuterie, olive oil, honey, brandies, pastries and desserts, natural juices, salt, seafoods, dormice, farmers markets, mineral waters, Slow Food, local food and traditional specialties.   Meet experts, locals and artisans like legendary Janez Bogataj, award winning author and speaker, and bee expert, Janko Bozic, PhD, who will be on hand to give in-depth detail about the Slovenian traditional culinary heritage.  Be a part of the local food culture in the Heart of Europe and Taste Slovenia !

Velika Planina Herders Hut

Velika Planina Herders Hut

Participants will experience the wide range of geographical vistas from  Istrian vineyards, sea salt pans, and olive groves to alpine dairy farms and mountain pastures,  learn about methods of production, and participate in tastings of traditional products.

Cvicek grapes

Cvicek grapes

Idrija-bakalca Dragon LjubljanaCastle cherries (2)

Comments about Taste of Slovenia     

                  We loved every minute – what a GREAT trip! Thank you Sylvia!                            Debbie and Baker Smith from Atlanta, GA


Ray and Caroline

Ray and Caroline

               Thank you for the tour of a lifetime.  It was wonderful, most memorable.  Carolyn and Ray Waters from Hermosa Beach, CA

 Price of the tour:  $ 2,198 land cost covers most all expenses. For single rooms, an additional charge applies. Airfare is not included in the price. A $500 deposit is required to hold your reservation.  More information under the tab, “paying for the trip.” The balance will be due six weeks before the departure date.  All fees are based on a group of 20 persons. We will be physically active every day with gentle hiking and walking. Participants must be in good health to be able to participate.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  Complete details are listed on this blog as well as on the “Taste of  Slovenia” FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/tasteofslovenia. For any questions please email Sylvia Onusic, Director of the tour at tasteofslovenia@gmail.com or sponusic@gmail.com


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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