Symbols of Nova Gorica

The Rose Festival

The Rose Festival is becoming a central cultural and social event organised in spring, which, besides locals, attracts guests from all over Slovenia and abroad. Exhibitions, lectures, guided tours, a rose market, tastings, concerts and many other events, every year something new which makes the image and the popularity of the town of roses richer.

The Rose Festival takes place in the loveliest month of the year and it offers many delicious, scented and educational experiences to the visitors of Nova Gorica, the town of roses: organised guided tours of rose parks in the town and the unique collection of the bourbon rose (the rose of the 19th century) in Kostanjevica, exhibitions (of flowers, of stamps and paintings), presentations of books and tastings of dishes with roses and many more. At the rose market a visitor may buy roses and other rose-related products.

Organisers are responsible for culinary delights, professional lectures and for the selection of the most beautiful bourbon rose in the garden of the Kostanjevica Franciscan Monastery (where the Europe’s second largest collection of such roses is located). The prettiest rose garden of the town is announced and the owner of the best rose in private ownership is awarded.

Fun fact: The traditional event The Polenta Festival takes place in Ozeljan, in the beautifully laid out castle garden every year in the beginning of July. It attracts adults as well as young people with its offer of homemade delicacies and entertaining programme. Visitors come from nearby villages and also from the wider Goriška region and from elsewhere.

Wine and culinary offering

The area around Nova Gorica represents an important contribution to the culinary art. It is the meeting point of the influences typical for the Karst, Brda, Vipava, as well as the near-by Friulian and Italian cuisine.

The traditional tourist farms and the so-called “osmice – the Eights”, wine cellars where in the past the wine of the previous year was sold eight days a year, are a suitable address for people enjoying the rich Primorska cuisine. You will be enthusiastic about the cracklings “ocvirki”, the cottage cheese desserts, the typical home-made pasta – wide noodles called “bleki” served with air-dried ham and cream, the Farmer’s feast plate “kmečki krožnik” and Farmer’s feast banquet “kmečka pojedina”, the air-dried ham - prosciutto in italian and pršut in Slovene, and the dried pork tenderloin “prata”, a variety of cheeses, and the boiled cheese dumplings - rolls of pastry called “kuhani štruklji”, venison prepared in different ways, and of course the nice-smelling home-made bread fresh from the oven and many other dishes. The vine in the Lower Vipava Valley has a long-lasting winegrowing tradition which resulted in a great variety of well-known and world-famous wines all produced in this region. The mild climate enables excellent ripening of the grapes and it provides wines of a unique bouquet. The valley is famous for its autochthonous wine sorts like Zelen, Pinela, Malvazija and Rebula.


On your visit to the lower Vipava Valley, you will often come across the sign »Osmica« decorated with a branch of ivy and placed beside the road. This means that in the vicinity, a winegrower has opened his wine cellar to the public to sell his wine from the previous year.

However, not only wine is offered at »osmica«; the woman of the house will be happy to delight you with delicious traditional dishes which are typical of the region.

The right to hold an »osmica«is quite old and goes back to the time of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne (1519 – 1555). In our area, it was introduced by the Decree of the Empress Maria Theresa (1717 – 1780), which allowed the winegrowers to sell their surplus wine from the previous year for eight days (eight in Slovene language means »osem«).

Fun fact: Wine cellars were signed with a branch of ivy. This is the reason why this custom is called »osmica« and why the branch of ivy is pinned on the entrance of the wine cellar.

Gorški radič

The most familiar type of Gorizia radicchio are kanarin and dew. Kanarin a live yellow shades, while the dew is bright red in color with shades of shifting to pink. The Gorizia radicchio can prepare a wide variety of different dishes, not just salads, but also a wide variety of baked and cooked dishes as well as attachments.

Source: Turistični informacijski center Nova Gorica

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