The most famous pizzaiolo in the world – Franco Pepe – is coming to Rovinj for the Weekend Food Festival


The festival, which in 2022 placed Croatia on the map of the most important gastronomic events in Europe, will be held again this year, with an expanded program, from 14-16 April in Rovinj. During the three days of this most delicious festival, visitors will enjoy numerous lectures and panel discussions related to food, drinks, gastronomy, hospitality and the food industry. And just like last year, some of the world’s best chefs are arriving in Rovinj, which cements the Weekend Food Festival alongside the world’s best gourmet festivals.

Dabiz Muñoz, the best chef in the world for two years in a row, will come to Rovinj again for a live demonstration of some of his most imaginative and avant-garde creations which have earned his restaurant DiverXO three Michelin stars.

The famous trio of chefs – Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas – from the Spanish restaurant Disfrutar will be in attendance. Chef Simon Rogan, from L’Enclume in the UK, the initiator of the farm-to-table movement will also be there. Eric Vildgaard, from Copenhagen’s Jordnær restaurant, will be on hand to thrill audiences with his incredible life story; the great Massimo Bottura from Gucci Osteria, and chefs Karime Lopez and Takahiko ‘Taka’ Kondo are just a few of the top names coming to Rovinj.

And not to be outdone, the Weekend Food Festival will also be home to some of the biggest names in the world cocktail scene.

This year are adding yet another big name to the list of chefs, one that will surely fill every free place in the hall. Franco Pepe, the most famous pizzaiolo, will make the world’s best pizza in front of everyone in attendance. Pepe is the star pizza master from the recently released Netflix series Chef’s Table: Pizza, and everyone at the Weekend Food Festival will learn the secrets of his craft.

On the big show-cooking stage throughout the festival, local and international chefs will share their knowledge and introduce us to some lesser-known cuisines, such as Israeli, which will be presented by the young chef Yehi Zino.

Through numerous masterclasses, visitors will be able to participate in olive oil and wine tasting, bread making and other workshops. Registrations and workshop schedules will be published soon.

This year, the Weekend Food Festival wants to gather “at the same table” everyone for whom food and drink are an integral part of their work in order to talk about the most important segments of the food industry: the food we eat every day and the purchasing habits of consumers. Expert discussions will explore what we can do differently, how small producers can find their way to consumers and in which direction the food industry is going.

At the festival, local restaurateurs will present a wide variety of offers, including an Istrian brunch prepared together by while some of the best restaurants in Rovinj. Numerous wine makers from different parts of Croatia will present their wares along with top domestic distilleries, craft beer makers and other alcoholic beverage producers. In the expo part of the festival, which will be open from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, exhibitors from the world of coffee, olive oil, cheese and truffles will be on display for all to see. After a rich program of lectures and panels, discussions and tastings, the evening entertainment will feature the very best combination of live music and delicious food.

The first edition of the Weekend Food Festival, held in May last year, put Croatia and Rovinj on the map of the most influential European gourmet events by attracting more than 2,500 visitors in one place. The Weekend Food Festival is the ideal place to gather, socialize, create connections and network, in a relaxed atmosphere, with great food and even better entertainment. An even larger number of visitors is expected this year, so we encourage you to secure your tickets at and take advantage of a 20% discount available until the end of February.