The biggest olive and oil event on Croatia’s largest olive island
For the third time on the Croatian island of Brač, an island with a million olive trees, the only one with an olive oil museum and the world olive harvesting championships, the 24th Noćnjak will be held at the Waterman Svpetrvs Resort from May 5 to 8.
Noćnjak is a big international event of olive growers and oil mills where Brač olive oils certified with the mark of origin will be presented, the awarding of annual recognitions and the awarding of champion titles for oils and labels will take place.
There will also be round tables, scientific conferences, a wine-olio gastro fair, a small olive oil school, a Supetar study trip with olive growing practices and more.
The event is traditionally organized by the Cooperative Association of Dalmatia and under the auspices of several ministries, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the County of Split-Dalmatia, and this year under the auspices of the host – the Tourist Board from Supetar and the city of Supetar.
The largest ‘olive’ island
Brač olive oil is the 33rd Croatian product registered in the register of protected designations of origin and geographical origin, after Brač varenik it is the second from this island. It is a great tribute to the olive growers of Brač and the island where, presumably, the first olive tree was planted by the ancient Greeks.
In cooperation with the agricultural cooperatives of Postira, Selce, Bol and Milna, the protection of the origin of origin at EU level was initiated by the agricultural cooperative Supetar, and its director Tija Mlinac points out that olives are grown on about 1.9 thousand hectares of agricultural land on Brač. altogether accounts for about two-thirds of all agricultural crops on the island.
“Today, Brac has seven modern factories that allow faster processing of harvested fruit into premium oil, and the form is our most common variety, resistant to drought, wind and low temperatures, so it is suitable to cultivation in sparse, shallow and rocky terrain. “, explains Mlinac.
Tourists Love Brač Olive Oil
“Tourists do not return home from their holiday in Supetar without Brač olive oil, Brač stone souvenirs or Brač varenik. A six-kilometer walk along the “Olive Ways” hiking trail that begins and ends in Mirci is one of their favorite activities, the Cukrov Family Olive Oil Museum in scenic Skrip is a island attraction, and for years in October in Postira held the world raspberry harvesting championship, which tourists gladly take part in. Our cuisine is inconceivable without Brač olive oil, which will give each dish a special taste,” emphasizes Ive Cvitanić, director of the Tourist Office of the city of Supetar.