With its infamous lavender in full bloom, the island of Hvar hosts a six-day festival EU-funded festival celebrating nature.
The EU-funded project is a unique attempt to celebrate the wild flowers of five places in Scotland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia, as well as the communities with whom they co-exist, and the town of Stari Grad on Hvar – the oldest in Croatia – was chosen to represent Croatia.
Included in the festival are festivals of wine, honey, lavender, various nature-related workshops, excursions to heritage treasures such as the UNESCO-protected Stari Grad Plain and Neolithic Grapceva Cave.
In order to support the festival, the restaurants of Stari Grad are hosting Restaurant Week, a chance for people to try individual menus with three courses and a glass of wine for just 100 kuna (US$20). The fresh and natural ingredients for which Hvar is rightly famous are very much in evidence in the menu of Jurin Podrum, for example, a restaurant which once hosted Edward and Mrs. Simpson for lunch after the British king’s abdication.
The festival has achieved some far-reaching publicity, and this Digital Journalist was pleased to see an earlier new item on the subject appear in the newsletter of the Croatian Embassy in Washington.