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Gallery AvanTuristica: Culinary heritage of Slovenia

Category: Culture Interesting

KulTuristica – forums, conferences, exhibitions regarding the challenges and opportunities of cultural tourism 



During the University of Primorska Week

Turistica’s Department of Cultural Tourism and the University of Primorska Centre of gastronomy and wine culture in collaboration with the SloVino Association and Tourism Association Šparžin from Korte

Kindily invite you to attend the opening of the Iztok Bončina photo exhibition

Culinary Heritage of Slovenia

On Thursday, 15 March 2018 at 15:00

In the GalleryAvanTuristica at  UP FTŠ Turistica, Obala 11a, 6320 Portorož.

The author, his work and topic will be presented by dr. Aleš Gačnik, the students of cultural tourism, on the other hand, will highlight the stories of the presented dishes and take care of the cultural programme.  

A special speech during the opening will be held by dr. Stanislav Renčelj.

After the opening we kindly invite you to join the social evening with “fritle”with the Šavrinka (local woman from Šavrinija) Rozana Prešeren from the Tourism Association Šparžin from Korte in company with selected Slovenian wines.

After party: Turisticaffe

Rezultat iskanja slik za european 2018 cultural heritage The exhibition is organised in sphere of the European year of Cultural Heritage.


Turistica student wins 3rd place at the European Young Chef Award

The European Young Chef Award is a competition promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) from Barcelona. Encouraged by assist. prof. Aleš Gačnik, who is also a member of the international IGCAT group of experts, Turistica’s student Filip Matjaž participated in this prominent European competition. Filip has been flourishing for several years as a creative young chef and as a member of the Slovenian Young Chef Team. He gained his cooking skills in their family restaurant Tomi in Portorož.

Filip Matjaž represented the Mediterranean Slovenia (Primorska region) with the dish Taste of the Slovenian Sea and won the excellent third place, and thus became a mentor for future young chefs and at the same time the IGCAT ambassador for the Primorska region. Under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik, the latter is preparing to apply for the status of European Region of Gastronomy. The winner, Aisling Rock from Galway – West Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy 2018 impressed the panel with her dish: Mackerel, Pickle, Sheep Yoghurt. The silver went to the Finnish Kuopio, Region of Gastronomy 2020, with the dish Blueberry pie gone to forest prepared by Josi Polso.

The first day of the competition, the participants presented a traditional dish to the jury panel; however, the next day they upgrade it with a modern version of it. Filip’s story was inspired by the tradition of the Istrian winds, full of vegetables, which are a base for every “Brodet” (fish stew), accompanied with the delights that the Slovenian sea has to offer.

He presented the innovative Istrian Brodet on an enamel plate produced in Slovenia. He first arranged it with vegetables and a clam cake, and so presented the seabed and Istrian garden. He placed the cuttlefish on the cake as it swims just above the seabed. On the top, he added pieces of fish in a threadlike pastry with which he portrayed a fishnet full of fish. Next to it, he served a sauce of traditional Istrian Brodet in an enamel cup, which was once used as a ladle. A final touch for the innovative version of the Brodet was the scampi salt that was prepared out of scampi and salt from the Sečovlje saltpans. To prepare his dish Filip used only the best sea delights and completed it with organic vegetables, produced in the Slovenian Istriaorgana, the Vinakoper malvasia wine and extra virgin olive oil from the Morgan olive farm.

Filip’s culinary motto says that every dish should represent the region, history and people living there. The dish reflects the region’s gastronomic identity, which allows guests to feel the destination. Furthermore, this is the exact content of his dissertation, which he is preparing under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik.

Photo: IGCAT archive


Turistica student to represent Slovenia at ASEM conference

Category: Interesting Students

Megan Božič, student at Turistica, was selected through a public call among thousands to participate at the 13th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting for member states of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). This year the conference will be held between 15 and 20 November in Myanmar. She will deliver a speech on Tourism and Terrorism.

Slovenia became a member of the ASEF Foundation by joining the EU in 2004 and has been involved in their activities ever since. By bringing various current issues to light these activities contribute to political and academic dialogue.

In conjunction with the 13th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, students will attend the 8th Model ASEM political simulation and step into the shoes of foreign ministers and thus have a unique chance to discuss and exchange perspectives on current political issues related to both continents. The slogan of this year’s conference is “Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Sustainable Development”. Through role-playing, research activities, case studies and practical training student will enforce their diplomacy and negotiation skills and consensus-building and public speaking abilities.

Megan Božič, student at Turistica

Megan Božič is a 3rd year student at Turistica (Tourism Enterprise Management programme). She has always been interested in international relations, diversity of world cultures, travelling and languages, and thus decided to study tourism. “I like working with people and I see tourism as a branch that offers a lot of employment possibilities to the youth, at home and abroad,” Megan said.

She will attend the conference within the thematic group “Joint Efforts in Combatting Terrorism” with a speech on Tourism and terrorism, which is quite a current topic if we relate to the events the world has been experiencing lately. She applied to the call with a rather critical eye and in hope of gaining an international experience that would enrich her on the personal and professional level.  “When I found out that I was selected and that I will represent Slovenia at the international conference in Asia, I was amazed. 4200 candidates applied from 51 states and among them 150 candidates were selected, including me. I am very proud to represent my country at this great international event and take this task as an exceptional honour. I expect to gain a lot of knowledge, get to know the country, have the opportunity to meet young diplomats from many foreign countries, test my skills in public speaking and particularly live an unforgettable experience, that in the future will most certainly improve my understanding of relations between countries,” Megan said about the great opportunity that awaits her.





Guest Lecturer prof. Mihaly Vörös

In the sphere of the Erasmus+ project we are hosting prof. Mihály Vörös from our partner university Edutus College, Tatabánya (Budapest, Hungary).


Prof. Vörös will give lectures on Monday 9 October 2017 at 2 p.m. in classroom nr. 002 and on Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 12 a.m. in classroom nr. 308. The topic of the lectures is Food culture and food systems. 

Currently he is Professor Emeritus and Head of Research for the Local Food Chains and Innovation HÉLIA Working Group, a “spin-off” organization, and Scientific Student College established in Edutus College (Tatabánya, Budapest) in 2011.


Water, from myth to architecture

Category: Culture Interesting



Photography exhibition

Water, from myth to architecture

The opening will take place on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, at 12.00
in the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica hall in Portorož.

The exhibition will be open until 27 October.

Undergraduate students attending the Department of Cultural Tourism and foreign students of the programme and the Erasmus+ programme will exhibit their photographs in the faculty hall. The theme of the exhibition is linked to this year’s European Heritage Days: Water, from myth to architecture.  

The exhibition will be inaugurated by assist. prof. Irena Weber, member of the Department of Cultural Tourism.

Organised by:  Department of Cultural Tourism at the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica with the collaboration of the students.