Eleven years ago, Oprtalj in Istria began a new story with which it wanted to present a all-natural resource that has given that turn out to be not only useful, but a recognisable symbol of the town itself.
”I’m grateful to every person who participates in the organisation mainly because we’re a single compact municipality, count that we have six personnel right here and more than fifty men and women turned up to make certain the occasion succeeded,” mentioned Oprtalj’s Alexander Krt.
As Glas Istre/Gordana Calic Sverko writes on the 14th of October, 2019, when it comes to the noble chestnut from the chestnut forests dotted about in the vicinity of the picturesque Istrian town of Oprtalj, Kestenijada’s hosts will say, with fairly some bias, that they are admittedly smaller sized in size, but thus substantially sweeter than usual.
Noticed as a useful indigenous resource, in current years, the chestnut has skilled a gastronomic ”rebirth”. Owing to that, a really exclusive Istrian occasion centered on the chestnut, a favourite autumn treat in all variants, each roasted and cooked and savory, started. Even though in Lovran they celebrate Marunada, in Oprtalj they hold Kestenijada. The native forest chestnut belonging to the European chestnut genus of the Latin name Castanea sativa has as a result turn out to be a trademark of Oprtalj.
For this year’s eleventh edition of Kestenijada in Oprtalj, the hosts ready about a ton and a half to two tonnes of chestnuts, of which about 500 kilograms have been becoming sold at two stands of the Oprtalj municipality, exactly where a kilogram of chestnuts was sold for 30 kuna each and every, and a measure of roasted chestnuts at 15 kuna.
The chestnut season in the Istrian north is late this year, and climate circumstances have brought on it. The chestnuts themselves, although, have begun to mature, and the appropriate season, as Edo Vizintin from Oprtalj explained, is anticipated subsequent week. The heavily forested regions of the northwestern component of the Oprtalj municipality are mainly private and the locals are concerned that they are becoming overrun. The trees are drying out and they will require to discover a way to defend them as effectively as attainable.
”With the aim of valorising the all-natural sources of the Oprtalj location, Kestenijada was initially began by the Oprtalj Tourist Board, which, with this year’s sponsorship of the Municipality of Oprtalj and Istria County, supplied a lot of entertainment and events surrounding gastronomy. It is the only manifestation in Istria that celebrates only chestnuts,” says Prodan Mraković.
”For a quantity of years now, Istria County has been encouraging, organising and co-financing events, typically pre-season and post-season events such as Kestenijada in Oprtalj to motivate guests to come in the post-season when Istria has some thing to offer you. The final results from even as far as a decade or so back, confirm that we’re heading in the appropriate path, given that each prior to and just after the most important tourist season they have elevated numerically from 20 to 25 % in arrivals and overnight stays, which suggests that we’re shifting our concentrate slightly from the sun and the sea to Istria as a life style and gourmet location,” added Prodan Mraković.
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