Sweet week to meet the Christmas

For the third year in a row, DEŠA – Dubrovnik for their fellow citizens has prepared interesting days filled with the joys of the upcoming holidays. As in previous years, DEŠA – Dubrovnik has invested extra effort in maintaining and evaluating the intangible heritage of the Dubrovnik region, and called on citizens in their premises in Lazareti to enrich their Christmas with traditional recipes and flavors.

During the manifestation entitled “Sweet week to meet Christmas,” from December 16th to 20th, our co-citizens will have an opportunity to participate in all the workshops and learn to make their own Christmas delicacies of Dubrovnik region, with the expert help of industrious women from the associations Deša and Dubrovnik orange.

In order to achieve better results of workshops, renowned delicacies houses from our town also joined us, and so Dubrovačka kuća contributed to the success of the workshop on making arancini and almonds coated in sugar, while Nikolina Farčić from the patisserie Pupica shared with us the secrets of making a sponge cake (pandišpanj). The members of the associations Deša and Dubrovnik orange, have shown how to make kotonjata, mantala, prikle and our award-winning jam made of Dubrovnik bitter orange.

Not even his year did not pass without visiting a large number of our citizens, our loved ones, small visitors from the elementary school Marin Getaldić and kindergarten Izviđač, who have filled our hearts with their earnest interest in old recipes and sweets, and in the end we sang almost forgotten carols from the island of Mljet.

An inevitable part of a sweet week was, of course, the competition for the best kontonjata, mantala, arancini and almond coated in sugar. The jury composed of experts chaired by prof. Culinary Josip Žuvela, had sweet but a difficult task to choose the best of the excellent delicacies that were brought from various parts of our county. In the category kontonjata were 15 different products, in the category mantala 12, in the category almonds coated in sugar 12, and in the category of arancini 9.

Prizes for the best delicacies were given to the following competitors:

The awards for kontonjata:

1.Gold Plaque: Mirjana Handabaka
2. Silver Plaque share:

  • Dubrovačka kuća d.o.o.
  • Paulina Klokoč

3.Bronze Plaque: OPG Đano

The awards for mantalu:

1. Gold Plaque : Agroturizam Klaić

2. Silver Plaque: Nike Ivaniš

3. Bronze Plaque: Terezija Pendo

The awards for the almonds coated in sugar ( bruštulani mjenduli):

1. Gold Plaque: Dubrovačka kuća d.o.o.

2. Silver Plaque: Mirjana Handabaka

3. Bronze Plaque: DEŠA – Dubrovnik

The awards for orange peels coated in sugar ( arancini):

1. Gold Plaque share dijele:

  • Dubrovačka kuća d.o.o.
  • DEŠA – Dubrovnik

2. Silver Plaque share:

  • Ani Miletić
  • Katarina Gaće

3. Bronze Plaque: Ani Miletić

Special recognition was awarded to Eko Omblići for their participation in the competition for the best arancini.