8th Croatian Festival of jams and marmalades

Since September 26th to September 29thth, the 8th Croatian Festival of jams and marmalades was held on Stradun, in front of St. Blaise’s church. Over 30 small producers from all over the Croatia and abroad, exhibited more than a hundred kinds of jams and marmalades – made of oranges, figs, plums, lemons, cherries, strawberries and other kinds of fruit in all possible combinations. Festival of jams and marmalades, which traditionally, for the eighth year in a row, enrich the tourist offer of the city of Dubrovnik, DEŠA organized in cooperation with the association Dubrovnik orange and with the Chamber of Commerce – County Chamber of Dubrovnik.

The festival started on September 26th, at the premises of DEŠA – Dubrovnik, where was held a professional evaluation of the products. The jury consisted of: Iva Mračić MSc. ing food technology, Ana Carević, BSc. Ing., representative of the Department of olives and Mediterranean culture, Sanda Desnica, BSc. Sc., Head of the Laboratory of the Institute of Mediterranean culture, University of Dubrovnik, and Professor of culinary arts, Mr Josip Žuvela from Dubrovnik, expertly rated 70 samples of jams and marmalades.

The exhibition part of the festival was held in the Luza square on 27th 28th and 29th September, a large number of domestic and foreign visitors attended the presentation of fresh and colorful products from all over the Croatia. The festival was opened by the president of the Organizing Committee Ms. Jany Hansal and Mr. Davorko Obuljen on behalf of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and the Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Zvjezdana Blažic declared open this event. The aim of the Festival was to present high-quality local products and to promote the abundance of Croatian heritage.

The Jury made the following selection:

Medal winners 2014.



  1. Cherry jam – OPG Borna Halambek, Staro Petrovo Selo
  2. Apricot jam – OPG Borna Halambek, Staro Petrovo Selo


  1. Jam made of Dubrovnik bitter orange – DESA-Dubrovnik
  2. Jam made of figs – OPG Pepo Piteša


  1. Rose petals jam – OPG Antonija Zelenika, Velika




  1. Pekmez made of figs – OPG Ruse Sambrailo, Mlini
  2. Apricot pekmez – OPG Ivica Matijevic, Kolocep


  1. Cornel pekmez – OPG Ruse Sambrailo, Mlini
  2. Blackberry pekmez – OPG Borna Halambek, Staro Petrovo Selo


  1. Plum pekmez – OPG Sedić, Sisak
  2. Quince and apple pekmez- OPG Ruse Sambrailo, Mlini




  • Tangerine and fig marmalade – OPG Krstičević, Krvavac


  1. Orange marmalade – OPG Ivica Matijevic, Koločep
  2. Grapefruit marmalade – OPG Krstičević, Krvavac

The eighth festival of jams and marmalades has been realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the City of Dubrovnik .Slowly but steadily, the festival grew into a traditional event and its content greatly contribute to the tourist offer of the City in the post- season. With the main objective of presenting quality products of small producers from Croatian rural areas, the Festival achieved its cultural dimension as it pervades tradition, customs and traditional products, turning them into unique gastronomic souvenir.

Leaflet of the festival