VRBOVEC - a docile region of ancestral cuisine
The docile region of Vrbovec covers 520 square meters north-east of Zagreb. It comprises 127 settlements, of which Vrbovec, Dubrava, Farkaševac, Gradec, Preseka and Rakovec stand out, and has a population of 28,000. Vrbovec is an old town whose earliest records date back to 1244. The count and governor (ban in Croatian) Petar Zrinski was born in Kaštel Vrbovečki in 1621. Kaštel (castle) was first mentioned in 1528 as a fortress built in order to repel Ottoman advances and later as the estate of the Zrinski, Erdödy, Patačić and other families. Only the cylindrical tower, the symbol of the town, and a detail from the coat of arms of Vrbovec are all that today remain from this castle located in the town's main park. Renowned novelist Marija Jurić Zagorka was born in the village of Negovac, near Vrbovec. She is known as the first female writer of best-sellers and the first woman journalist in the Southern Europe. A bust of Zagorka can be found in the Vrbovec town park. The parish Church of Saint Vitus, reconstructed in the baroque style, was mentioned as early as in 1338. It is dedicated to the parish patron saint, and this is where Vrbovec Day is celebrated every year on 15 June. Today, the town on Lovrečina, 4 km away from Vrbovec, on the road to Križevci, is the convent of the Sisters of Mercy. It was mentioned for the first time in 1540, when it was held by the Gregorians. The "Domestic School," which cherished a tradition of old recipes and cookery, operated in Lovrečina from 1925 to 1940. The culinary festival with an accompanying exhibition that offers taste-tests and sales, called What Our Forefathers Ate, has been organised for approximately twenty years, every first weekend in September. It is an opportunity for the old recipes of the Vrbovec area to be transformed into delicious dishes and gain new admirers.
Dugo Selo Ivanić-Grad Jastrebarsko Samobor Sveti Ivan Zelina Velika Gorica Vrbovec Zaprešić