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Grape and Wine Festival – Days of the Varenik 2009

19 November 2009 No Comment

At the end of September and beginning of October, in Supetar on the Island of Brač, the traditional autumn event, “Grape and Wine Festival”, will be held. The festival is a week of local cuisine devoted to the “varenik”, a traditional preparation made from young wine, which makes traditional Dalmatian meals even better and tastier. Varenik is used as a condiment and is made by the long cooking and reducing of stum. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it. It is believed varenik is an aphrodisiac, and Roman soldiers used it as an energy drink to regain strength. Because of its high content in natural sugar, it was also used as a sweetener. Few towns in Croatia have preserved the tradition of making varenik, but the inhabitants of Brač have worked systematically at reviving it. With the festival, they want t bring back varenik as a condiment, used for centuries as a crucial part of Mediterranean recipes. On Brač, varenik is made from red grapes, while on Korčula it is made from local white grapes. It is used as a condiment for various sauces, stews and wild game dishes. Varenik is also the basis for the production of aceto balsamico. Apart from its great culinary value, it is also excellent for digestion. During the festival, Suptar restaurants will offer a variety of dishes with varenik at promotional prices. The organizers are also preparing a presentation and tasting of original Brač cakes and sage juice, prominent wine producers will present their wines, and visitors prone to an active vacation will be able to participate in the vintage, after which varenik will be prepared on the ranch “Palute”.

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