Enter the world of fine tastes!
Idrija cuisine is famous for gathering chosen, quality, and locally accessible ingredients to produce invaluable culinary pearls. The most recognizable are the Idrija žlikrofi with the food designation of Traditional Specialty Guaranteed. Each traditional Idrija feast will undoubtedly also feature smukavc and ocvirkovca. Try the invigorating prfarski štruklji and the zeljševka chive roulade, accompanied with a sip of geruš, and you are bound to enjoy the exploration of the rich world of Idrija tastes.
Taste the mysterious festive miners’ dish!
Idrija žlikrofi is a type of pasta filled with spiced balls made of cooked potato, sautéed onions and lard. In Idrija, they have undoubtedly been made for at least 150 years but it is not certain whether their shape tries to resemble the Napoleon’s hat or whether they have come to these parts from the Alpine region. Be that as is may, with bakalca (the traditional mutton sauce), Idrija žlikrofi today represent the staple in the restaurant offer of our oldest mining town.
Experience local dishes inspired by tradition!
In the past, the daily menu of miners’ families was composed of the dishes made of chosen ingredients grown on the home garden. Smukavc – cabbage soup with potato – is perfectly accompanied by the savoury cracknel roulade ocvirkovca. A popular pick-me-up are the juicy prfarski štruklji – cottage cheese rolled dumplings. Finish off your culinary experience inspired with centuries of tradition with a unique desert, the sweet and savoury chives roulade zeljševka.
Sink your sweet tooth into the lace dessert!
The Rezi cake is Idrija in miniature form: the reddish hues remind of the colours of Idrija underground and its cinnabar richness, while the candy lace on the chocolate glaze represents the softer and the more delicate side of the town. In 2015, the Rezi cake won the best dessert competition at the Idrija Lace Festival and ever since, it has held its position as the most popular dessert in Idrija.
An invigorating sip as an introduction into Idrija feast!
Geruš was once a strong alcoholic drink that the miners prepared by mixing wormwood infusion with pure alcohol. With the miners, the bitter drink soon became a popular method of alleviating daily troubles. Nowadays, the wormwood bitters with a touch of herbs is a popular gift and a sip of geruš as aperitif goes well with other Idrija delicacies.
Explore the hundred-year-old story of Idrija žlikrof from tradition to modernity!
The Idrija Žlikrof Festival is an outstanding culinary experience that presents this traditional Idrija dish in a contemporary light. Each year, the penultimate Saturday of August is reserved for the presentation of certified Idrija žlikrofi makers, for the tasting of innovative sauces by local chefs, for the competition of hunting clubs in the preparation of game-based bakalca, and for relaxed socialising in the company of high-quality wineries and microbreweries.