The international gourmet exhibition Zigante Truffle Days is organized every year in Livade, the richest source of Istrian truffles
Truffles were always adored and searched for, and nowadays they are so rare that holy masses are celebrated for truffles. We are aware of the value of our natural wealth and therefore we are organizing the truffle fair every year in honour of the Istrian “cuisine diamond”.
Zigante Truffle Days are organized in Livade, in the very heart of the river Mirna valley and near the Morovun forest famous for its truffles, and they are lasting for seven weekends – every Saturday and Sunday from the end of September till the beginning of November. The fair is an ideal opportunity for getting acquainted with Istrian truffles as well as with many other premium autochthonous Istrian products.
What is being offered?
Prepared especially for you during Zigante Truffle Days:
Various exhibitions of white and black fresh truffles and more than 50 various Zigante truffle products. Many of delicacies with truffles can be tasted and bought at the exhibition.
Promotion of autochthonous Istrian products such as prosciutto, cheese, olive oils, honey and spirits from top local producers. All products are offered at promotional prices.
Opulent international wine fair on which many winemakers from all over Croatia as well as from neighbouring countries are participating. All premium wines can be tasted and bought at promotional prices.
Unforgettable search for truffles in the Motovun forest. While driving on the “truffle path” to the forest, the guide informs the guests about truffle hunting in Istria. Upon arriving to the forest, the guests are enjoying the unforgettable experience of searching for truffles accompanied by an licenced truffle hunter and his/her tracking dogs.
Exciting culinary show in which many domestic and foreign top chefs are preparing favourite specialties with truffles which can be tasted.
Highlight of the fair – white truffle auction! The most beautiful and biggest truffle is selected and then sold at a public auction.
Entertaining prize competition in which all visitors are participating. At the end of every day of the fair several lucky winners of gift boxes are drawn, and in the final drawing the luckiest visitor wins the main prize – a weekend for two in Zigante**** rooms with a romantic dinner in the restaurant Zigante.
For the duration of the fair, the guests have the choice between two tasting packages, created for the true experience off characteristic Istrian flavours and scents:
In the black fair package as an entry ticket for the fair, you will find a glass for indefinite free tasting of all exhibited premium wines. When you feel that you need a break, we shall prepare for you homemade pasta with aromatic fresh black truffle accompanied by a glass of harmonious Malvazija Zigante wine.
Those who choose the white fair package shall enjoy homemade pasta with intensive fresh white truffle and a glass of Malvazija Zigante wine, which will additionally round up the flavours. This package also includes a glass for indefinite free tasting of all premium wines of all winemaker exhibitors on the fair.
We definitely recommend all fair visitors the unique experience of guided truffle searches in the nearby Motovun forest. The guests can keep and take home all truffles the find or our chef can prepare them in a meal of their choice.