Celebration of Wine and Food in Osijek

Wine lovers, winemakers, wine merchants and journalists, some 2800 of people, visited the City Garden in Osijek last weekend, which hosted the sixth edition of the WineOS Food, Wine and Enjoyment Festival. During two festival days, visitors could enjoy wine, various delicacies, desserts, beer and spirits from 110 exhibitors from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia.

The workshops began with the story of the white varieties of Dalmatia. An hour later, the best Croatian sommelier Siniša Lasan presented the wines of Herzegovina, and the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the archive of Davor Zdjelarević. On the first day of the festival, Three Walnut Winery, the most mysterious and expensive Balkan winery, was presented. This was followed by a presentation by the famous Hungarian winemaker Csaba Malatinski, and the day ended with a workshop on the great red wines of Macedonia.

The second festival day was full of events, which began with a workshop on Pelješac wine and oysters. Several wines were premiered, and well-known wine journalist Ivo Kozarčanin presented macerated white wines from Plešivica. Wine journalist Tomislav Ivanović presented lesser-known wine varieties from Serbia, and the lucky ones enjoyed a workshop that tasted rarities from the archive of the famous Istrian winemaker Moreno Degrassi. The last workshop of the sixth WineOS included the legend of Croatian winemaker Ivan Enjingi, who presented his wines from 2003.

There was also something completely new with the workshops. Organizers, in cooperation with the association The Pannonian Brewing Union organized two workshops on home cooking and beer styles. The novelty was the big stage where presentations and a show cooking program were held during both festival days, featuring top chefs Saša Vojnović, Tomislav Špiček, Marinko Rotim and Tomica Đukić.

Photos by: Željko Suhadolnik