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Saying Goodbye to 2017 and welcoming in 2018, a reflection of joy.

It truly is a truly special time of year, and after all 2017 has brought, we welcome in 2018 with warm open arms.
This time gives us the opportunity to appreciate all we have, and be surrounded by loved ones, eating good food, drinking good wine, sharing in joy filled spirits – it truly is the season to indulge in life.
In 2017 we celebrated our 7th year trading at Borough Market, and we are so pleased with how far we’ve come!
In our Taste Croatia store, we’ve had some wonderful happenings, and thought we’d recap a few for you, as well as let you know about what’s to come for 2018!
Firstly, all our lovely new products!
We introduced some of our gorgeous new wines being stocked in store and online, with a fabulous wine tasting event. After many requests, in 2018 we will be bringing back some of our old favourites from some of the best wine makers in Croatia.
We also brought some new Istrian charcuterie of wild boar salami, wild boar prosciutto and venison prosciutto.
And not just meat treats, we brought in new honeys and jams, a fragrant organic orange and ginger, and organic fig and ginger. As well, there was our lavender and apple honey alongside our seasonal favourite spread of chestnut puree.

We’ve had some phenomenal guests visit our revamped store, from HRH the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, HRH Prince Harry, and actor Colin Salmon too.

We won some Great Taste awards this year with the fig and lavender jam, and roasted cold pressed pumpkin seed oil, and we hope to have more awards to shout about in 2018!
We’ve got some very exciting plans for our arrival of our Street Food Brand, Chevapi in 2018, hitting the streets of Soho at the beginning of 2018, we can’t wait. Chevapi is a brand new Croatian Street Food to the UK, with all the ingredients sourced from Borough Market, and our Taste Croatia store – this truffle oil is used, but we’re not saying how just yet….!
Although let’s not forget, this year has been one to reflect, after the attack in June, which shocked and brought sadness into this amazing place, we’re proud to say Borough Market is thriving full of life, and stronger than ever. You only have to look around at all the international customers enjoying this place to know, London is strong, resilient, diverse and most of all, alive.
In lovely news, Istria, where our beautiful olive oils are from, proudly won best region in the world for a second year in a row in the international olive oil bible Flos Olei.

We got the pleasure of catering at some wonderful events too, including the Dubrovnik Tourist board Christmas party at the Croatian Embassy, and The Mall Galleries art launch, and we’re excited to cater more in 2018 with our brand new canapes, and Chevapi too!
2017 also saw us open a brand new stall at Partridges food market, Duke of York Square on the Kings Road, and we will be back there once the new refurbished full Market is reopened in February.
 What a year! We want to wish all our customers, suppliers , business partners and staff a happy and prosperous New Year, excited to see you all in 2018!
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Perfect Time For A Picnic!

In Croatian culture, spending time with friends and family eating good food is so crucial to daily lives and we love this time of year, filled with sunshine, eating outdoors, either on the beach, in the garden, or wherever we can basque in the rays!

Having a picnic or bbq in Croatia, the main showstopper on the table is the meat and fish! Nothing too fancy, just good quality, tasty sized portions of fresh, succulent and most of all grilled to perfection.

If you want to create a Croatian inspired picnic yourself, we’ve created some tips and recipe inspiration for something truly tasty and a bit unique:

1. Add a splash of zing to your fish with lemon olive oil before placing on the BBQ to ensure the skin is extra crispy and has a fresh flavour!

2. Love pizza? how about some delicious truffle salami as a topping on any home made pizza! Yet want to add even more taste? Truffle cheese! Once you’ve tried it you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

3. Vegetarians, try our truffle honey, dripped over cheese and crusty bread, that sweet salty delight. Or why not grab some truffle pate,spread on tartines, or dipping in crudites, it’s a fragrant delicious taste

4. Charcuterie, grab some sliced meat – Kulin Galovic, an easy crowd pleaser to nibble on, by itself or in some fresh bread of your choice, it’s divine with truffle tapenade too! 

5. Drizzle some fig vinegar on your salad to get that healthy hit of calcium, as well as tasty sweet and sour sauce

6. Sweet Tooth? Our chocolate spread over fresh fruit salad, a true crowd pleaser! Choose from one of our three tasty flavours

7. Wine? We have lots of options, we’d recommend Skrlet as it’s tastiest in the sunshine!

8. Or why not grab some truffle tapenade – black & white truffle with cream cheese, ‘The posh Philadelphia!’  spread on tartines, or dipping in crudites with some delicious smoked salmon on the side!

9. Our outstanding cold pressed olive oil from Istria voted best region in the world for olive oil ( ‘Flos Oli 2016, 2017). Drizzle over some burata and tomatoes for the perfect summer salad.
10. Most importantly, have fun! The best part of picnics is the joy!