Support the locals
Cheese, beer, wine, honey, cabbage, mushrooms, freshwater fish, game and fruits of the forest are the main gems of the Karlovac County’s gastronomy. Travel through time and try many delicious meals that locals used to eat, and let traditional flavours combined with modern culinary creations sweeten your stay in this area.
Semi-hard, matured (ripened) and curd cheese, cheese and sour cream, organic milk and whey are only some of the products you can taste on Karlovac County’s Cheese Road. Cheese is made mostly of cow milk and there are many sorts depending on milk fat, aging period, the usage of mold and processing types.
Good cheese needs good companions
Tradition is the conservation of the fire
Simple at first glance – peka is a skill. Meat & vegetables are placed in a pan covered by a metal lid. A metal ring is placed on top to hold hot charcoal. The ingredients cook & bake evenly for hours. The flavours & aromas melt into an irresistible work of art. Datting back to the times when we cooked around a common fireplace, peka still reserves the social component as one of its most important ingredients.
Brewing started developing in Karlovac County in 1854, and the first brewery was Perhovo. The modern production begins in 1960, after the Karlovac Brewery was founded, presently a very well known “beer centre” of Croatia. Karlovačko beer is also known as “the fifth river of Karlovac”. Karlovac beer festival is an event held annualy in the late summer on the bank of Korana river, visited by more than 150,000 beer lovers.
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder
Open air BBQ
Most people fancy themselves as naturals at outdoor cooking. It might be the remnant of the hunter-gatherer instict. With the arrival of the warm weather clouds of scented smoke rise from our backyard. Master your grilling skills overlooking the amazing forests just a few steps from your terrace.
Picking mushrooms is a tradition among the locals. Porcinis known as Vrganji are the most renowned and can be found in the forests surrounding our estate. A foggy autumn morning is the best scenery for an adventorous nature hunt followed by a warm homemade mushroom soup.
Down to earth
Plum jam is a great way to preserve this delicious summer fruit and brightens breakfasts and snacks at any time. Made during late summer/early autumn with carefully selected plums, it’s one of those classic preserves we basically can’t imagine the rest of the year without.
Croatian plum dumplings – knedle sa šljivama – are made with a mashed potato dough and can be eaten as a dessert when sprinkled with sugar, as a meatless main course or as a starch accompanying a meat dish. Plum dumplings are common throughout Eastern Europe, where plums are plentiful.Sweet and pillowy potato plum dumplings are our favorite fall treat that brings back childhood memories.
Take your pleasures seriously
When the flower blossoms, the bee will come
Despite a global bee shortage and fears that Europe’s bee population could be wiped out in just over a decade, Croatia is experiencing a honey renaissance. The number of beekeepers in Croatia has almost doubled in the last years and some can be found near our estate.
Every culture has its spirit, and rakija is Croatia’s. Commonly made from easily found fruit such as pears and plums, this strong flavoured brandy may also have herbs, honey, even mistletoe as its base. Sljivovica plum brandy is one of the most well-known brandies in the region, and is often used as a synonym for brandy.
Sip with care