With a rich tradition and specially chosen ingredients, Radol’ca has been the ‘sweetest’ of treasures among the Gorenjska region for over 90 years.
In 1922 the Trieste-Slovene Adolf Zavrtanik, from Solkan, founded a family chocolate producing company in Lesce. His principle was high quality and he ensured this by using the best raw ingredients. After the Second World War the factory was nationalised by the authorities and in 1948 the Gorenjka Factory of Chocolate was founded. Ten years later the factory was renamed as Gorenjka, Factory of Chocolate Lesce, and this was the beginning of the trademark Gorenjka. Today the trademark remains synonymous for its chocolate with whole hazelnuts. In addition to Gorenjka there is another family run company producing chocolate pralines – Molinet, in the village of Lipnica pri Kropi.
The beautiful tourist area of Radol’ca is located in the scenic north-west of Slovenia between the Karavanke and Julian Alps, close to world-famous Bled and to Triglav National Park. The area’s main town, Radovljica, hosts an annual Chocolate Festival on the third weekend of April.
Visit the Festival in the old town centre, one of the best preserved medieval towns in the country, and sample, smell and see chocolate in a variety of forms, tastes and colours.
Visitors use tasting coupons to try chocolate of all shapes, sizes and flavours, as well as other chocolate products such as chocolate wine, beer, cakes, ice-cream and other equally sinful chocolate products. There are also numerous cookery shows featuring some of Slovenia’s best chefs.
The accompanying events programme includes a chocolate fashion show, chocolate body painting, workshops for adults and children, street performers, a chocolate cocktail show, prize games and a chocolate wall for chocolate-related ‘selfies’.
Restaurateurs from the Taste Radol’ca collaboration project ensure there is also plenty of delicious non-chocolate food available.
The Radovljica Chocolate Festival specialises in uniting small boutique chocolate producers from both Slovenia and abroad.
To find out more about the Chocolate Festival visit the website www.festival-cokolade.si/en/
To find out more about Radol’ca visit the website – www.radolca.si
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