In Nin the production of „šokol“ is part of the cultural heritage, a recipe wrapped in secrets and transmitted by a family whisper from the generation to generation.
Šokolijada is the most significant manifestation of ancient Nin and one of the most important gastronomic events in the area of the Zadar region, which has been in the tradition of preserving the tradition and since 2003. it has evolved into a recognizable gastronomic, eco and ethno show, attended by many producers from all over Croatia and abroad who are representing their work and skills, while also exchanging experiences.
Nin's Šokolijada was initiated primarily because of the increasing urbanization of „šokol“ as an indigenous product of this region slowly went to oblivion. This most significant cultural Nin's manifestation is included in the 100 most significant manifestations of Croatia. The most long-lived manifestation in Nin is the only gastronomic event in the Zadar County, which has received three awards during 17 years.
Manifestation Nin's šokolijada, for years already acquainted visitors with a story about the „šokol“, whose preparation is very important quality pork meat, salt and spices. Every single family has its own traditional recipe that makes every single „šokol“ different than the others.
The recipe foundation is a pork neck that is first placed in sea salt for a number of days, then stayed in mulled black wine and spice with various spices, and is then left to the effect of smoke and strong sea wind called „bura“.
As in previous years, the Tourist Board of Nin procured the pig's neck for 61 competitors who traditionally maintaining the skill of making this unique delicacies, and officially started the Nin's Šokolijada Competition, which closing will with winners for the best made „šokol“ will be held on 21st of July.
Nin, though small, is again so big, important and significant for our culture, tourism, identity and definitely tourist destination with the most unique, incredible, diverse and authentic tourist stories in Croatia.