The Idrija-Cerkno region is one of the twenty-four independent culinary regions of Slovenia. Beside "Idrija žlikrofi" (ravioli with meat sauce), a protected foodstuff that has gained the marking of Traditional Speciality Guaranteed, there is also "Šebreljski želodec" (stuffed pork stomach), one of the Slovenian products with a Protected Geographical Indication. The product was named after the Šebreljska plateau which has a strong tradition in stuffed pork stomach production. The cured meat product is made from the best pork products and is distinguished by its meaty taste and a small amount of bacon. The typical mingling of the Mediterranean and Alpine climate, the constant circulation of air between the sunny and shady sides creating the temperature difference, and the altitude and the microclimate give the cured meat products of Šebreljska plateau a special character. The Cerkno region is also distinguished by other culinary specialities, such as "ocvirkovca", "smukavc" (cabbage and potatoes hot pot), "potička" with dried fruit, savoury "potička", home-made mountain cheese, etc.
A strong element of local identity of the municipality and its inhabitants are »Laufarji«, one of the most recognizable traditional carnival groups in Slovenia. They are noted for masks carved from linden wood, and clothes of natural material (ivy, spruce, straw, moss, material remaining after linen weaving). The "Cerkno Laufarija" has been carried out for centuries according to unwritten rules passed on to the next generation by word of mouth. The central "Laufar" figure is "Pust", dressed in clothes covered with moss, holding a young spruce tree. He is accompanied by the other figures called "ta bršljanasti", "ta tirjesta", "ta star", "ta stara", "lamant", etc. Only "Ta star" ("The Old One") can speak, all the rest have to be silent. There are 25 of them in total and their scenario provides the most dramatically complete plot of all Slovene festival masks. "Pust" is at the Cerkno square blamed by everybody for all bad that has happened in the past year and is in the end sentenced to death, to be killed by a woodman's hammer - mallet. Every year carnival events attract numerous visitors. Since November 2010 Laufarija Cerkno has entered in the Slovenian register of living cultural heritage.
Fun fact: JAZZCERKNO
Rock, electronic music, modern and old classical music, experimental music, various traditional types of music and much more: all of it can be found in various combinations with jazz as such in the motley programme of the Jazz Cerkno festival. It is never self-limited by genre purity or orthodoxy. The main music event organised by Zavod Gabrijel fest has been taking place annually in mid-May since 1996 (between Thursday and Saturday). The festival venue is the square 'star plac' in the centre of Cerkno, covered with a large tent-roof for this special occasion. Three evenings of programme present various musicians and artists from all over the world, established and unknown ones, all of them united in finding new ways in jazz music and thus widening their horizons. The festival as such is important not only for the musical challenges and pleasures it grants, but also for representing the current trends in jazz music in general.