Our Koper Culinary Discovery Tour, Food, Wine & Market-to-Table Lunch, invites you to uncover why Slovenia is emerging as one of Europe’s premier culinary destinations. The old Slovenian proverb “love comes through the stomach” truly comes to life on this tour, which immerses you in the culinary arts of aqua culture, olive oil and wine.
Begin the tour by driving through the panoramic Piran Bay, located at the southernmost point of the Slovenian Sea, to eventually arrive at the location of the Fonda Fish Farm. It is here where the clean, deep waters and strong current allows free-swimming farmed fish to thrive. The Fonda family is known throughout Slovenia – and the world – for their superior Piran sea bass. You will have the opportunity to meet the Fonda family members who will explain their philosophy and the techniques that have been developed over generations. The Fondas are a family of biologists, conservationists, innovators, fishermen, scuba divers and researchers whose business is regarded as the gold standard in modern aquaculture. Next, climb aboard a boat with your host, Dr. Fonda, to tour into the fish “fields.” After the tour, enjoy a tasting of Fonda branzino and a local wine.
Continuing on, set off on a short and scenic ride to Hisa Torka, a picturesque restaurant perched atop a hillside with beautiful views of the Slovenian country and seaside. Before lunch, join two sessions wit h local experts on olive oil and salt – artisan products treasured along the Adriatic from Slovenia. Vanja Dujc owns olive groves close by, and is an enchanting advocate for the art of the ancient craft of making olive oil. Learn about how olive oil is m ade and taste some of his award-winning varietals and blends. Then discover all about the prized Soline salts of Slovenia, enjoyed by the Japanese Royal Family (and a favorite of our Executive Chef Kelly). You’ll taste their “fleur de sal” and learn how salt is harvested in the salt beds – very near to the Fonda Farm!
In the casually elegant dining of Hisa Torka, savor a tasting lunch prepared by the chef and owner, with each course designed to showcase the regional products and recipes of Slovenia. Because no Slovenian culinary adventure would be complete without acknowledging its emerging wine market, the sommelier has selected a wine to accompany each course. Throughout lunch, gain insight on the dishes and pairing as the chef and sommelier share their expertise.
Sail away this summer with Oceania Cruises to Koper to experience one of Europe’s rising culinary stars.