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All you need to know about the European Food Summit (16 – 19 March 2019, Slovenia)

This March, the European Food Summit will bring together world-renowned personalities from the fields of gastronomy, art and media who will strive to dazzle with inspirational stories and encourage listeners to take a more progressive stance for a brighter and sustainable future. In partnership with the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) and Ljubljana Tourism, a series of events will be held, including a conference hosted by Ana Roš and Andrea Petrini, culinary crawl through Ljubljana’s sights and landmarks featuring Ljubljana’s top chefs, pre-premier of the best culinary market in the region, an unforgettable experience dinner in a magical setting, gourmet ski race at Krvavec and much more.

The story behind

Slovenia has made strides in the recent years and is gaining both allure and visibility when it comes to fine dining and excellent wines. Gastronomy is also one of the key tourist products in the general tourism strategy  and contributes greatly to the main objective – creating increased added value.


The most important food event in the region, the European Food Summit,  previously known as the Gourmet Cup Ljubljana, has been expanded. Today, it is bound to a specific mission – to become the most important European culinary event and a unique platform that contributes to the shaping of a sustainable European future.Through a distinct gastronomic identity, it helps promote Slovenia as an important gastronomic region and Ljubljana as its culinary capital.


Between 16 and 19 March 2019, Slovenia, which lies at the junction of European geographies and cultures will feature the European Food Summit, which brings together inspiring stories from the culinary world.


Why is the European Food Summit worth visiting and who will it feature?


On Saturday, 16 March, the European Food Summit in cooperation with Visit Ljubljana and the Gourmet Ljubljana brand will kick off the pre-premiere of the Open Kitchen, the most popular food market on the sunny side of the Alps. Connoisseurs of food and wine will also be invited to participate in Gourmet Ljubljana Crawl and treat themselves to inspiring dishes by Ljubljana’s top chefs. On Sunday, 17 March, the principal portion of activities will be held at Krvavec ski resort, where attendees of Gourmet on Snow will get the opportunity to taste dishes by top Slovenian and foreign chefs. This will be followed by the five-star I FEEL SLOVENIA Cable Car Dinner where diners will be treated to a delicious adventure high among the mountain tops of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Renowned chefs under the watchful eyes of Jezeršek Catering and Gostilna Krištof Restaurant  will pamper their guests with their culinary masterpieces. 

The pinnacles of the European Food Summit will take place on Monday, 18 March, when the conference and experience dinner will be held The main topic of this year’s conference, “Food – The bridge toward the sustainable identities of European cultures and nations”, sponsored by the STB, will be conducted together with Ana Roš and conference director, Andrea Petrini, considered one of the key players in numerous culinary projects and one of the most influential personalities in gastronomy. This year’s highlights will be the once again sold-out experience dinner hosted by the best Slovenian Chef Ana Roš(Hiša Franko), Italian culinary virtuoso Riccardo Camanini (Lido 84, Italy) and Luka Košir (Gostišče Grič), one of Slovenia’s most creative chefs and the European Region of Gastronomy 2021 ambassador. 

The final from the series of events will be held on Tuesday, 19 March, at Krvavec ski resort. The day will start with Argeta Exclusive gourmet breakfast hosted by top chef Luka Košir. Skiers, snowboarders, winemakers and foodies will take the slopes and compete for gold in the Audi Gourmet Cup while Krvavec Terrace will host Gourmet on Snow where visitors will get the opportunity to try creations by top chefs accompanied by exquisite wines. The day will conclude with an après-ski party.

The Slovenian Tourist Board is actively involved in the project

“I am thrilled that Slovenia is hosting such renowned professionals from the fields of gastronomy, since this clearly shows that the country has already been recognised and noticed in the region as a culinary hub. Alongside international culinary experts and chefs, the European Food Summit will also feature top Slovenian chefs, including Ana Roš. This event is one of the milestones for Slovenia to establish its position as a destination offering genuine and remarkable five-star culinary experiences. Hence, the Slovenian Tourist Board together with Visit Ljubljana and other key partners is once again taking part in thisprojects which aims to becoming Europe’s most important food event and at the same time realises its sustainable commitment to tourism in Slovenia. Accomplishments such as the ranking of our chefs in different lists, offers to participate in various associations and the most important media outlets, the introduction of Gault&Millau, the restaurant guide, the nomination for the European Region of Gastronomy 2021 and, last but not least, events such as the European Food Summit all contribute to the development and promotion of Slovenia as a land of unique experiences suitable for even the most demanding guests. Gastronomy is a vital element that complements every tourist offer which we want to make as authentic, special and as exclusive as possible. And it is gastronomy that offers a myriad of opportunities and also challenges for innovative, personalised products that set us apart from other destinations,” pointed out Maja Pak, Msc, Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board.


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