SERBIAN TALES FOR GOURMETS I

September 2014

READY TO DISCOVER SERBIA?

   FROM VASA CAKE TO WEDDING CABBAGE

Located on the crossroad of different cultural influences, Serbia is a place of most unusual culinary interweaving of European and Oriental cuisines. Thus, in Serbia you can find Wien and Budapest cakes, Turkish kebabs, Mediterranean wine and fruit, Central European noodles and dumplings, but also a wide variety of local authentic dishes and cooking techniques ~ from royal and common citizens, to monks and peasants table. Serbia is a country in which people love to cook and eat and most of all to host a traveler in their own home. At the same time, Serbia is a country of equally interesting artistic heritage, place where Italian Romanesque, Byzantine Classicism, Austrian Baroque and Hungarian Secession meet. All this facts make Serbia an ideal destination for hedonists in terms of food and art.

BELGRADE.

  • Lunch at the Belgrade Bohemian district Skadarlija
  • Afternoon panoramic tour by mini-bus (New Belgrade, Ada Bridge, Topcider and Kosutnjak, Temple of Saint Sava, Terazije, State and City Hall, Royal Palace complex in Pioneers Park).
  • Walking tour of  Belgrade Fortress.
  • Dinner: river cuisine in Zemun
  • Overnight in Belgrade

BELGRADE-PEĆINCI-SREMSKI KARLOVCI-NOVI SAD.

  • Pecinci Bread Museum. Tour of the museum with curator.
  • City tour of Karlovci by foot (Theological Seminary, Oldest Balkan Gymnasium, Karlovci Cathedral of Saint Nikola, Chapel of Peace, Branko Radicevic Square and other locations).
  • Workshop of making famous sweet bread Gugelhupf (Kuglof), one of the favorite sweets in the region of Vojvodina originating from once ruling Austria.  The program will take at least 2 hours
  • Departure from Karlovci towards Novi Sad. Walk in Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina street.
  • Dinner and overnight in Novi Sad. 

NOVI SAD – TOPOLA –SIROGOJNO.

  • Coffee and cakes in the pastry shop “Vremeplov”(Time machine) which makes fine cakes  such as Immortal cake, The Great Duchess and Vasa cake, using the original Wien, Budapest and Novi Sad recipes from 19th and early 20th century.
  • Vasa cake workshop in Vremeplov patisserie. The workshop will take around 5 hours total.
  • Departure for Topola. Visit to Karadjordjevic Mausoleum and Royal villa complex and City of Karadjordje in the heart of Sumadija.
  • Arrival to Aleksandrovic Winery. Late lunch in „Aleksandrović“ winery, with a tour of winery and tasting of local wines. An opportunity to taste a local delicacy – pig roasted on a spit with homemade bread and a wide variety of salads.
  • Departure towards Sirogojno. Arrival to the Museum complex “Old village” in Sirogojno. Overnight in museum complex mountain cottages Sirogojno

SIROGOJNO – ZLATIBOR- SIROGOJNO.

  • We will begin morning by making breakfast, buckwheat pie and kacamak (corn wheat porridge) with Chef of the local restaurant in the complex of   Museum “Old village”. We will also learn the procedure of making bread.
  • After the typical western Serbian peasants breakfast visit to the Museum permanent exhibition which exposes lifestyle in a peasant community in western Serbia in 19th century.
  • We will be shown the procedure of making kajmak ( fermented milk cream ) and white cheese.
  • Journey to montain Zlatibor – the center of dried meat production. We will hear the story about traditional meat drying procedure, how the famous Serbian smoked ham and other products are made.
  • Lunch in Zlatibor, degustation of prosciutto, pancetta, salami and other cold cuts, bread, wine and rakija. Return to Sirogojno. Dinner.

SIROGOJNO – ZLAKUSA- BELGRADE.

  • Breakfast in Sirogojno. Departure for pottery village Zlakusa.
  • Workshop- cooking of wedding cabbage, probably the most famous culinary specialty from western Serbia with Mrs Mira Savic in family house of most famous local artisan – Milan Savic.
  • While the cabbage cooks we will have the opportunity to see the process of creating famous Zlakusa pots, unique and ancient cooking dishes. Also there will be a possibility to create something from the specific Zlakusa clay together with local pottery masters.
  • Lunch: Wedding cabbage
  • Raspberry cake and traditional sweet – “slatko” workshop. Return for Belgrade.

BELGRADE-DEPARTURE.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Shopping, free time
  • Departure