The autumn is rich in fertile fields and their fruits, and Northwestern Istria will enchant you with its local wines, from golden Malvasia to ruby Teran – but you already knew that. What makes autumn here even more special is the Grape Holiday. It’s one of the most important and grandest fairs in Buje, offering not only wine but also fun sports competitions for children, youths and veterans. You can also see how the traditional local mištela wine is made according to old Buje recipes. This fair, marking the start of grape-picking season, is an excellent adventure for all your senses because Istrian wines tell a complex tale that is yet to be unraveled.
Mushrooms are the favorite autumn adventure for the gourmand who likes to spend these last few warm days on nature walks. The Mushroom Days event, taking place in Brtonigla on the October 28th and 29th is one of the biggest autumn festivals in Northwestern Istria, dedicated completely to my favorite food, mushrooms. I love the festival’s mushroom picking competition! Along with the tasting of all the various mushroom dishes, of course.
Since times immemorial, the sea has provided us with food, and each of its many flavors has its own season. The Sole Days celebrates the flounder, the exceptional fish after which it was named. From October 13th to November 26th the restaurants and taverns of Umag, Novigrad, Buje and Brtonigla will have their finest flounder dishes on offer, as well as the finest local wine and olive oils.