Livade, a small village located in the very heartland of Istria, is one of the most desirable gourmet destinations during the autumn season and the reason for that lies in the nearby Motovun forest which stands out as one of worlds the largest natural habitats of white truffles.
Truffles have always been an important part of traditional Istrian gastronomy, but they were not that recognizable outside of Istria until 1999, when Mr. Giancarlo Zigante found the so-called Millennium truffle, the one that weighed 1310g and entered the Guinness Book of Records. That event marked the beginning of a new era of Istrian truffles on the global culinary stage.
Today, truffles from Motovun forest are praised and celebrated all over the world, especially during Zigante Truffle days, an international truffle fair which takes place each year in Livade and lasts for ten weekends in a row. Zigante Truffle Days are the perfect chance to get your hands on fresh, high-quality truffles and taste some of the amazing truffle dishes and products, but also to participate in numerous activities like culinary workshops and guided demonstrational truffle hunting.
The event also features an international exhibition of traditional Istrian products, meaning that you can explore all those unique flavors such as homemade prosciutto, sausages, cheese, honey, olive oil and homemade liqueurs.
If you ever wanted to get a complete truffle experience, Zigante Truffle Days present an opportunity you shouldn’t miss out on. Visit us in Livade as early as September 15th and enjoy Istrian truffles at their best.