Southern Serbia Food Tour – Comfort Food District
This Serbian region knows no distinction between meals – there’s no breakfast, lunch or dinner time. Here, you simply sit at a table, and never leave it. You sit, and eat, for food keeps coming and coming… This Food Train is some kind of a food ritual. That’s the way how local people here eat and talk – unstoppably! Another thing the locals are unstoppable at is their hospitality – in this region every single guest will feel like a king… or a queen!
Leskovac is the World Capital of Paprika. Paprika is one of only two Serbian words that have gone international and entered many languages. Loads of incredibly tasty food and spices are made from paprika in Leskovac, therefore the gourmet travelers embarking on this food tour will be able to try paprika in any form imaginable. Perhaps the most popular and renowned of these is a relish called ajvar, often referred to as the vegetarian caviar. As much as it is awfully hard to make, its taste is pure perfection. Those who try it for the first time often render it the best thing made of paprika. If you happen to like it just as much, and wish to learn how to make your own Serbian ajvar, this culinary tour will grant you an opportunity to be taught by experts who will share their recipes and tricks to the trade.
However, what Leskovac prides itself most, is definitely grilled meat. In all of the Balkans, when someone wishes to proclaim their grill unrivalled, they say they make Leskovac grilled meat. Pork neck, smoked drumstick, smoked pork, kebabs, liver rolled in bacon, grilled sausages, stuffed burgers, gourmet burgers, to name a few, is what Leskovac grilled meat comprises, and you’ll try them all!
Fact: 75% of the people who get a taste of grilled meat from Leskovac wish to permanently move to Serbia.
Stara Planina (Old Mountain) abounds in all sorts of forest fruit and mushrooms, at your disposal. Mushrooms prepared in various ways (for example with kajmak) will make your gustatory sense go bonkers! The region of this mountain is also renowned for cow and goat cheese, the most popular being hard cheese from Pirot. Speaking of Pirot, our guests are in with the chance to try a Pirot sausage which takes no less than six months to prepare.
Fact: Cheese from Pirot takes its place on the Italian market as one of the most expensive parmesan cheese in the world.
The largest city in southern Serbia is Niš, known for a plethora of kafanas offering delicious traditional food. As a matter of fact, Niš boasts so many kafanas and restaurants that you could eat out in a different one every day of the year, and yet fail to see them all!
Without further ado, we warmly invite foodies with insatiable wanderlust to join us on the food tour of the Serbian south!