Slovenia's Slavic, Central European cuisine has been heavily influenced by its Hungarian, Austrian and Italian neighbors, and despite being a small country, it has a nice variety of regional dishes. Some are more Alpine. Some are distinctly Mediterranean. Others clearly have traces of Balkan influences. Common Slovenian dishes and gastronomic products include Carniolan sausage (kranjska klobasa
), a semi-soft cheese called mohant
, marinated fish, olive oils, and desserts made with apples, honey, poppy seeds, walnuts, cottage cheese and sweet cream. Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana, has a particularly exciting restaurant scene.
In terms of beverages, Slovenia produces excellent wine and beer. It has three wine regions: Primorska, Podravje and Posavje. The vast majority of the country's wines are white. Fortunately for wine-loving visitors, tourism and wineries go hand and hand in Slovenia! The country has many wine routes to explore – with the Jeruzalem Wine Route being particularly popular. And if you're more of a beer fan, consider touring Slovenia's most famous brewery: Pivovarna Lasko, which has been happily brewing beer since 1825. The town, which is also named Lasko, hosts a great beer festival every July.