Slovenia recently became the first country to be awarded the status of European Region of Gastronomy. It was given the award by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT).
According to IGCAT, the country’s exceptionally diverse landscape and nature are tied to a colourful culture and gastronomy. Its culinary philosophy is based on the principle of ‘garden to table’ and this is reflected in the close relationships between chefs and local producers, as well as the connections between Slovenian landscapes and traditional culinary experiences.
Slovenia combines a rich natural larder and historic food traditions with influences spanning Italy in the west, Austria in the north and Hungary and Croatia to the east. Pair this with world-class chefs, a new Michelin guide and world leading wines, and you begin to understand why Slovenia is one of Europe’s most exciting new culinary capitals.
The unique advantage of Slovenian chefs is their privileged access to local ingredients. Their culinary philosophy is based on the principle from the ‘garden to table’ and this is a philosophy reflected in the close relationships between chefs and local producers, as well as the deep connections between Slovenian landscapes and traditional culinary experiences.
Combine this all together, Slovenia is Europe’s must-visit destination for unique and authentic culinary adventures in 2021. As support, the Slovenian Tourist Board launched a new website in 2020 (TasteSlovenia.si) that tells the full story of gastronomy in Slovenia. A special section is dedicated to boutique stories of innovative Slovenian chefs and their links to local producers and high-quality ingredients.