The holidays are an occasion to recall food from childhood, which smelled of grandma’s kitchen. St Martin’s Day is one of the occasions that evoke the taste of roasts and warm bread.
Since the weather turned cold we are already a little adjust ours diet to lower temperatures and more frequent are caloric snacks. We eat more meat, legumes and foods that we prepare for the winter, like a sour cabbage. And with St Martin’s Day we start to prepare for the festive table, which will culminate with Christmas and New Year. For this day is credited modest legionnaire from the 4th century, a wine lover, which is due to modesty hid among geese that do not declare him the bishop, but the geese was betrayed him and since then, as punishment, they are the main food at St Martin’s Day.
St Martin’s Day has always been, is today and will be tomorrow, a very important event for all growers and winemakers, as well as for all those who love the noble and fine wines in Croatia. On that day 10 and 11 November – grape must is officially transformed into wine. St Martin’s Day is still cherished as a folk custom by eating, drinking, singing and music by the so-called. “Krizevci statutes” from 1696.
Legend says that St Martin introduced ceremonies christening of grape (St Martin’s Day) who by that time was prohibited, namely by then it was a pagan ceremony.
Merry companions in mid-November gathering in the vineyards and in a kind of ritual, the host takes the role of judges, bishops, godmother and godfather of wine to the baptism performed according to the protocol.
St Martin’s Day is in full glory, with costumed ritual, can be seen on the small towns of northern Croatia, but no less fun was in urban areas where on the stands offering various types of wine with homemade sausages and song.