November 25, 2022 – The largest fair of local products in eastern Croatia takes place at the Karanac fairgrounds together with the traditional Cvarakfest. We have yet to find a more Slavic event.
As SiB writes, like every year, the biggest and tastiest party in the region awaits on the last Saturday of November. A festival dedicated exclusively to Baranja truffles – cvarci!
The Karanac winter fair is an event that offers the products of almost 80 local producers, mainly from the OPGs of Slavonia and Baranja. Here you can make sure to stock your pantry shelves for the whole winter. Famous sausages from Baranja (kulen, bacon, chorizo, ham, pork rinds, butter…), wine, brandy, juices, cheeses, pastries, cakes, honey, ground red pepper, wicker baskets, wooden kitchen utensils, souvenirs , antiques, are just some of the things you can find here.
Naturally, no event in Baranja can do without its famous cuisine. At the Vasar (fair), you can sample local cobanac (shepherd’s stew), bean stew from a clay pot, kotlovina (grilled meat and vegetable stew), grilled sausages, and carp on forks. Accompany it all with top quality wine. Before we start, don’t forget your homemade rakija appetizer!
As part of the Winter Fair, the sensational Cvarakfest is also held at the same location. This unique event is a competition in preparing cvarci (pork cracklings) in the traditional way by “melting” them in a cauldron over an open fire. The winner earns the title of Cvarak Majstor (Cvarak Master). If you don’t feel like you’re up for the competition and would just like to try, you can buy some hot, fresh cvarci straight from the competition’s cauldrons.
This year’s Cvarakfest program looks pretty good:
Saturday, November 26, 2022
- Cvarak Cooking Contest
- Fair of local products: sausages, cheeses, winter meats, pastries, Baranja gingerbread, rakija, wine, antiques, wood products, woven baskets, costume jewellery, souvenirs, etc.
- A rich gastronomic offer: grilled sausages, carp on forks, broad beans in clay pots, etc.
- mulled wine
Cvarak Majstor Award Ceremony
If you’re looking to spend the day in nature, with the added benefits of good food and even more fun, trust us: visit Cvarakfest and the winter fair in Karanac. Knowing how things normally play out in Slavonia and Baranja, you might even learn how to do it and enter the contest to become the Cvarak Majstor yourself!
And if you’re not sure whether to enjoy your cvarci as is, you can always store them, turn them into drozda, and bake them into delicious pogacice sa cvarcima.
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