Third Zadar Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival will be held in Zadar from 1st to 5th February 2017. Even though sushi can seem little bit odd in a context of Zadar and Croatia, there is perfectly good explanation for this festival. Zadar Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival presents combination and exchange of experiences of cultural, historical and natural Croatian and Japanese resources, together with a gastronomic experience. Japan and Zadar County are connected through Adriatic tuna, Pag cheese, Nin Saltworks salt and Royal Vineyards wines.
If you are not interested by now, we have more interesting information. During this week you will have a chance to see Japanese masterchef Toshihiro Nakatsuji – whose culinary show in Japan has more than 16 million viewers and his demonstration of the traditional Japanese tuna cutting ceremony. Having Mr. Nakatsuji in Zadar for the second time is very unusal and really flattering for this event itself. Also, we have to mention that Mr. Nakatsuji presented Dalmatian sushi made by Croatian masterchef Damir Tomljanović on Japanese televison. Mr. Tomljenović was inspired by Japanese cuisine (Washoku) and sushi. If you did not know this before, you will now – Washoku has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
This event will also promote Kali tuna and Croatian gastro brand ToroCro Maguro. ToroCro Maguro has already had great success in the Asian market and they will try to do the same with US market. ToroCro Maguro got 96 out of 100 points and 3 stars from International Taste & Quality Institute based in Bruxelles.
The festival is divided into two parts. The professional section includes education and professional training of the best Zadar and Croatian restaurant chefs in culinary arts by Japanese sushi masters. This will be attended by students of Zadar School of Hospitality, Tourism and Catering. A tour of Zadar and Zadar County is planned for Japanese guests and journalists. The festival programme open to public includes origami workshop in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, a visit to a local tuna farm, a presentation of traditional Japanese martial and defensice arts and skills performed by Zadar sports clubs, a lecture and photo exhibition of Adriatic tuna at the City Lodge, a gala evening event in the Arsenal, a large public opening ceremony – a gastro event at the Main Square and week of special offers of tuna specialties at Zadar restaurants.
This interesting event Zadar Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival is organized by Zadar Tourist Board, in collaboration with City of Zadar, Embassy of Japan to Croatia, Croatian Ministry of Tourism, Croatian National Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Zadar County Tourist Board and NPO JCEA Japanese Croatian Exchange Association.
01.02. at 11 A.M.: Opening of the photo exhibition called “The Harvest” – the official opening of Tuna, Sushi & Wine Festival 2017 at the City Lodge
02.02. at 11 A.M.: Lecture: Tuna Farming in Croatia – as part of the photo exhibition “The Harvest” at the City Lodge
02.02.–04.02 – each day three workshops at 10 A.M., 11 A.M. and noon: Origami Workshops at the Archaeological Museum of Zadar www.amzd.hr in cooperation with the Croatian Origami Society
02.02.-04.02. Professional section – education in Adriana Hotel Falkensteiner – Borik Resort: Education in classic traditional Japanese dishes for students of the Zadar School of Hospitality, Tourism and Catering conducted by Japanese sushi masters and famous Zadar masterchefs
04.02. PEOPLE’S SQUARE – AT 11 A.M.: Tuna gastro specialties
04.02. A GALA EVENING EVENT IN THE ARSENAL CLUB AT 8.00 P.M.: Performance of Japanese sushi masters and preparing and tasting of sushi specialties by assistant sushi masters from Japanese sushi restaurants