Exquisite food & loving friendships marked the last few days spent at the culinary training in Rural Household Shebovina, Serbia

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Service providers on Explore Balkans tours enjoyed the culinary workshop organized in the period 10-11 May, 2022 in the Rural household Shebovina, Jelova Gora, Serbia. This workshop is very useful not only to constantly improve services but also for gathering our service providers in one spot, as networking and brainstorming make our offer irreplaceable. During the training, participants took interactive contributions, and they expressed interest in this type of training.

Through practical work–cooking classes, participants had the opportunity to work with professional chefs and sommeliers upgrading their knowledge of preparing and paring food with rakija and wine.

During the training one meal course was prepared in Zlakusa pottery dish, UNESCO old craft protected with geographical origin. Village Zlakusa is located in the area of the City of Uzice. Zlakusa pottery is made of clay and calcite on the manual wheel. The process takes seven to ten days, and includes the preparation of clay paste, shaping, decoration, finishing, drying and baking in the oven or on the open fire. Food prepared in this fine pottery dishes is healthier and have unique and rich taste. Story of this old craft and dish was presented by Mirka Sunjevaric, one of the member of this Pottery shop. Mirka presented how food is prepared in this dish. All stakeholders participated in preparation of traditional dish on open fire. Veal under such was cooked for around 6 hours. At the same time two breads were prepared one with nettle and one plain as well under such.

Training is supported within the Project: Promotion of Economic Diversification in Rural Areas of South-Eastern Europe (SEDRA II) in SEE – Value chain capacity building on agriculture and rural tourism to promote employment opportunities supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and GIZ North Macedonia and implemented by the SWG RRD.