Last week, one of the largest auction houses in the world, Sotheby’s, together with the Istria Tourist Board, organised for...
First Istrian white truffles auction in London raises £18,500 for charity

First Istrian white truffles auction in London raises £18,500 for charity

First Istrian white truffles auction in London raises £18,500 for charity

First Istrian white truffles auction in London raises £18,500 for charity

First Istrian white truffles auction in London raises £18,500 for charity

First Istrian white truffles auction in London raises £18,500 for charity
First Istrian white truffles auction in London raises £18,500 for charity
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(Photo: Istria Tourist Board)

Last week, one of the largest auction houses in the world, Sotheby’s, together with the Istria Tourist Board, organised for the first time an auction of Istrian white truffles.

The auction took place at the exclusive Harry’s Bar in Mayfair, London. Croatia’s largest truffle supplier, Zigante Truffles from Plovanija near Buje in Istria, provided the main products for the auction and the Istrian dinner which was held on the night. 

The largest truffle of the season, weighing 375g, was purchased by an anonymous London buyer for £3,800. 

Results of the auction

Lot 2 – 6 small truffles were sold for £2,800
Lot 4 – 1 medium and 1 small truffle were sold for £2,600
Lot 5 – Istrian truffle experience sold for £3,500

An anonymous London millionaire also donated ab additional £3,500 to bringing the total amount raised for charity on the night to £18,500.

(Photo credit: Fox Communications)

All proceeds raised from the evening have been donated to three remarkable, life changing charities including Veruda Day Care Center in Pula, Istria, which provides rehabilitation for young children and adults with disabilities, London’s The Felix Project, an organisation that delivers fresh and nutritious food to over 300 London charities, providing enough food to make 6.5 million meals a year, and Chain of Hope, a charity providing life-saving heart treatments.

(Photo credit: Fox Communications)

All six lots were auctioned by Lord Harry Dalmeny, Chairman of Sotheby’s.

The 70 guests at Harry’s Bar dined on a four-course meal, each served with Istrian white truffles, under the expert direction of Harry’s Bar Luciano Porcu, and paired with the finest Istrian wines of Teran and Malvazija by Kozlovich. Guests were treated to a mix of hand-dived sea scallops, homemade tagliolini, pan-fried veal picatta and finishing with toasted panettone, chocolate sorbet and zabaglione.

Harry’s Bar (Photo credit: Fox Communications)

Director of Istria Tourist Board, Denis IvoÅ¡ević, welcomed all the guests and pointing out that Istria is a recognized tourist destination in the world, mentioning the two key drivers of its gourmet offer – the Istria white truffle and the extra virgin olive oil that guests had the opportunity to taste.

Istrian olive oil producer, Tedi Chiavalon, revealed to the audience some of the secrets of extra virgin oil from Istria and briefly educated them how to correctly taste olive oil and recognize high quality olive oil.

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(Photo: HTZ)

ZAGREB, Dec 3 (Hina) – A crew of Russia’s MUZ TV music channel is currently in Zagreb where it is filming Zagreb’s Christmas market as well as the SalajLand Christmas light show in Cazma, the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) said on Monday.

MUZ TV is Russia’s version of MTV and the production crew will stay in Zagreb until December 4 where it will shoot on site at Zagreb’s Christmas market and the SalajLand Christmas light show, which will be broadcast on its Independent Traveler show on December 21.

(Photo: HTZ)

“In the past three seasons, the show has attracted more than 25 million viewers throughout Russia. I am certain that the show from Zagreb and SalajLand will be an opportunity for a lot of Russians to come to know Croatia as a quality all-year round destination with a very rich offer during the winter months too,” HTZ director Kristjan Stanicic said.

(Photo: HTZ)

Daily direct flights between Zagreb and Moscow throughout the year will certainly contribute to the positive trends from the Russian market, added Stanicic.

The increase of the tourist turnover from the Russian market this year will be almost 14% and interest by Russian tourists for Croatian destinations is constantly rising, the director of HTZ office in Russia, Rajko Ruzicka said.

(Photo: HTZ)

This is the third study tour that HTZ has organised for Russian television. A crew for the “Let’s Go, Let’s Eat” show on NTV filmed in Croatia in June, and in September the Friday TV did some shooting for its show “Orel I reshka”.

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