Slovenia is a small country of hospitable and industrious people, top athletes, rich cultural creativity and amazing gastronomy. There are 24 different culinary regions and 14 wine regions in Slovenia. Gastronomic diversity can be found in many restaurants, inns, wine cellars or cafes. Slovenian cuisine has Mediterranean, alpine, Pannonian and Balkan influences. Slovenia boasts a unique and traditional gastronomic offer rich in many cheeses, wines, honey, salt and quality meat. If you continue reading, be sure that you will want to hop on a first plane and enjoy the gastronomic wonders awaiting you in Slovenia.

One of the most recognizable dishes of Slovenia is the Carniolan sausage. You will surely find it on every table of great occasions and ceremonies of all Slovenes. This protected Slovenian food is smoked and must contain at least 68% of pork, 12% of beef, and no more than 20% of bacon. Something that will delight any sweet lover is the Prekomurska gibanica (Prekmurian Layer Cake). It is a sweet and juicy dessert created from poppy seeds, cottage cheese, nuts and apples. Like the sausage mentioned earlier, this dish is protected as well by the “Recognised trademark of traditional reputation” meaning it can only be made under this name if following the traditional recipe.

Slovenians also adore soups, the most famous being sour soup, made from pork nettle and entrails, and finally enriched with sour cream. They are also masters of dumplings and noodles. Their specialty is musaka (baked pork tallow, baked bread, buckwheat and spices), stuffed sheep’s roast and mezherli (dish of pork, veal or sheep’s bread, bread, spices and eggs). Idrija region is famous for many things, and since the middle of the 19th century one of these things has been Idrijski Zlikrofi. Zlikrofi are little pasta pockets, often filled with potato, bacon, onions and spices, and are served with various sauces.

These are just some of the dishes you can try when discovering Slovenia and we bet you can’t wait to taste them all. But let us tell you a secret, they all taste better after a good biking, hiking, kayaking or rafting tour.