Buzet’s forests along the Mirna River make the perfect home for the famed Istrian fungus – the white truffle and hence this little hamlet is known as the ‘city of truffles.’
Istrian white truffle season lasts from September to December and the locals will tell you that the white truffles from here are as good as (if not better than) the most famous white truffle from its Italian neighbors.
To hunt for you own truffles, family Karlic from Karlic Tartufi will take you on an English language tour with truffle and cheese tasting and a hunt in a nearby forest with their truffle sniffing hounds. Ask and you’ll get some mouthwatering recipes on how to use any found tartuf.
In honour of this glorious white tuber, the Truffle Days Festival is organised from September through November each year.
Starting on the second weekend of September, Buzet kicks off festivities with a special attraction – a giant omelette. Made with over 2,000 eggs, 10 kilograms of truffle and prepared in a huge pan, this event officially marks the beginning of Truffle Days in Istria. If you don’t like eggs, there are contests for the season’s largest truffle, truffle sniffing and various other truffle related games and activities.
If you have a car, you can pick up a map from the Buzet tourist office that will lead you through the truffle, wine and olive growing roads around Buzet and its surrounds.
To work off those extra truffle pounds, there are numerous outdoor activities that you can indulge in with hiking and cycling maps also available.