Tradition, past and present
For a number of years now many different events are held on the island of Krk such as:
Eco, ethno winefest
An event held during the last weekend in May in Malinska. This specific and unique event consists of selling local Croatian food products and handicrafts as souvenirs.
For this purpose many presentations were organized, practical workshops as well as lectures on a variety of themes. Amongst other events we should mention the local souvenirs and agricultural products’ market from the whole of Croatia with a rich entertainment and folklore programme suited for all ages and interests.
Wine days on the island of Krk-Vrbnik -imagined as an event held every year and a way for wine producers from other Croatian regions, together with seven wine producers from Vrbnik and one from the island of Krk, present their wines every year.
Compared to other tourist villages on the island of Krk, Vrbnik is visited by excursionists, either individually or in organized groups.
Apart from sightseeing the rich cultural heritage, excursionists always visit one of the numerous restaurants and taverns, where together with the exciting gastronomic offer they can enjoy a good Vrbnička žlahtina wine.
Apart from the wine, you will also be able to find home-made brandies, liquors, sherries, olive oil, cheese and teas…on the stands.
Figs days "Za kraj augušta smokvu va usta" " (A fig in the mouth for the end of August) - this gastronomical show is held at the end of August or at the beginning of September. Whilst enriching the tourist offer, the aim of this show is to point out the need for renewing the island's fig trees and to encourage the islanders to renew their production and refinement. Visitors to the island of Krk can taste fresh and dried figs, fig sweets and many other fig coffee bars.
Olive days - held in Punat at the end of October and at the beginning of November. During these days the olive harvest and a visit to the oil mill is organized, and in selected restaurants it is possible to taste dishes prepared using the high quality extra virgin, olive oil from Punat.
Šurlice party –Punat
A Gastronomical event held in June with a fitting programme and presentation of hand-made home-made pasta. A number of catering facilities from Punat are included in this party with a special offer on their menus. We recommend the šurlice with shrimps, lamb or beef goulash.
Šurlice have, since ancient times been the islanders favourite dish so even today every village on the island of Krk is proud of its own original recipe.
Days of homemade pasta "Šurlice" - Vrbnik
Included in the afore-mentioned event an all day sampling and presentation of šurlice making is organised together with a fitting programme.
In July ( 15.07. - 22.07.) you can find a special offer that includes šurlice made in different ways in Vrbik’s restaurants and taverns.
The first May incubator
A three-day event held at the beginning of May on Plav beach in the city of Krk. Young island bands take part, presenting themselves to the wider public and their guests and artists with their work. On the first and third day you can enjoy different music genres, whilst new music is performed on the second day.
Some old island of Krk customs should certainly be mentioned such as:
Razgon, a shepherd's custom in Vrbnik held on the first Sunday after the holiday of Saint Peter and Paul. It is the day that marks the end of the sheep milking and their release into free pasture. Different workshops are organized, the fitting home-made cheese selling, sheep clipping and a cultural and entertainment programme.
Stomorina, the tradition of celebrating the fruits of the land in Omišalj, held just before the Assumption of Mary holiday. The three day event with popular celebrations with allegoric images of autumn fruits, grapes and figs which are hooked across the square on tissues, together with dancing and entertainment by young men and women in traditional costumes.
BIG OM - competition in the hunt for big fish
The now traditional competition in the hunt for big fish BIG OM in parallel with Middle game competition called PALAMIJADA reflected in the Omišalj in September.
Over one hundred contestants from home and abroad during the two days in the Bay of Kvarner, the Kvarner and Kvarneric participate in the hunt for big fish (tuna, swordfish, dog, fox).
Parallel competition takes place in the middle game fishing called PALAMIJADA. Validated catch bonito, yellowtail, marlons needle, swordfish, albacore, sea bass and teeth. At the end of the competition follows the sum of the total catches and awards.
BIG OM was initiated with the purpose of popularization of big game fishing and enriches the tourist offer of the municipality Omišalj. Year after year the event is further enriched with new contents and a BIG OM attractive as all the sports and entertainment event that attracts tourists from all over the island and beyond. With the high dose of adrenaline, fun and gastronomic pleasure in BIG-OM participated in so far forty teams from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and Croatian.
In most of the island's restaurants different home-made specialities can be tasted , depending on the season, we recommend:
Asparagus days – April
Young island of Krk's lamb days – April-June
Squid days – October
Cod fish days - December