Since October 5th to October 8th, the 6th Croatian Festival of jams and marmalades was held on Stradun, in front of St. Blaise’s church. Over a hundred kinds of marmalades and jams – made of oranges, figs, plums, lemons, cherries, strawberries and other fruits and herbs, homemade liqueurs, cakes, etc. were exhibited at the Festival. The festival of jams and marmalades, which traditionally, for the sixth consecutive year, enriches tourist offer of Dubrovnik, was organized by the associations DEŠA and Dubrovnik orange, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce – County Chamber of Dubrovnik.
The festival started on October 5th, at DEŠA’s premises where the professional evaluation of the exhibited products took place. The jury consisted of: Academician, Vlasta Piližota and prof. Tera Mandić from Food – Technology Faculty in Osijek, prof. Branka Levaj and Assoc.prof. Verica Dragović Uzelac from Food – Biotechnology Faculty in Zagreb and professor of culinary arts, Mr. Josip Žuvela from Dubrovnik, expertly evaluated 75 samples of marmalades and jams.
Exhibition part of the festival took place on 6th-8th October, and a large number of domestic and foreign visitors attended the presentation of fresh and colorful products from the entire Croatia. The festival was attended by over 35 exhibitors from all Croatian counties and the aim was to present quality products and promote the abundance of Croatian heritage. Folclore ensemble “Sveti Juraj” – Osojnik entertained us with cultural and artistic program, while the children from Eko-Omblići and Elementary School Marin Getaldić presented their works on the subject: Fruit, jam and marmalade. Not even this year we did not miss “Enjoyment with pancakes,” which elicited delight from all visitors.
In the jam category were qualified 32 jams, 8 extra jams, 22 marmalades and 13 samples of pekmez. The Jury made the following selection:
Category of jam:
Gold Medal: Family economy Kairos , Trogir – jam made of figs
Silver medal- Family economy Kairos , Trogir – jam made of plums
Bronze Medal: Family economy Kairos , Trogir – jam made of kaki
CATEGORY OF EXTRA JAM:
Silver Medal: Family economy “Lavender Mare”, Rab – extra jam of figs and apricots
CATEGORY OF MARMALADE:
Gold Medal: Family economy Borna Halambek, Staro Selo – marmalade made of black currants
Silver Medal: Family economy Borna Halambek, Staro Selo – marmalade made of red currants
Bronze medal: Family economy Klokoč Duro, Župa dubrovačka – marmelade made of figs
CATEGORY OF PEKMEZ:
Gold Medal: Family economy Sedić, Sisak – pekmez made of blackberries
Silver Medal: Family economy Antonija Zelenika , Velika – homemadepekmez made of sweet briars
Silver Medal: Family economy Antonija Zelenika , Velika- homemade plum pekmez
Bronze Medal: Family economy Antonija Zelenika , Velika – homemade peach pekmez
The sixth 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 surely, the festival has grown into a traditional event and its content greatly contributes to the tourist offer in the postseason, since in addition to its primary objective, the presentation of quality products of small producers in rural areas in Croatia, the festival achieves its cultural dimension as pervades traditions, customs and original products, transforming them into unique gastronomic souvenir.