Many restaurants offer excellent food, but the ones applying the Farm to Fork concept deserve special attention. They either grow ingredients they cook with or make sure to buy them directly from the farmers. The Hrana Gurmana campaign, implemented by the Sweden/USAID FARMA II project, today presents several such BiH restaurants.
From Farm to Fork concept in gastronomy may be considered a new thing around the world, but in BiH, it has a tradition. Several of our restaurants cook exclusively with the ingredients they grow themselves, and many use only locally produced food and ingredients which they buy directly from the farmers.
In Mostar they cook what they grow
An example of serving food made of self-grown ingredients is the Novak restaurant, located in Mostar. The eco-farm where they grow fruits and vegetables, chickens, rabbits, goats, and pigs, is located in Polog village, just 12 kilometers away from the restaurant. What makes Novak recognizable are the cooked dishes prepared according to the original Herzegovinian recipes such as meat and rice stuffed grape leaves and polenta with homemade cream cheese, and of course, roasted veal and goat meat.
Sarajevo buys from local suppliers
The restaurant Zelena Dolina opened back in 1929, in one of the most beautiful areas of Sarajevo, Koševo. Nurturing family values, couple Medović created a restaurant that is suitable for family gatherings and offers quality food based on healthy, indigenous cheeses, and traditional recipes. For the third generation now, vegetables and meat served in their dishes are procured exclusively from local producers.
Meat in Brčko is baked under a bell
Located in Brčko, ethno-restaurant Marco Polo offers a wonderful dining experience in the heart of untouched nature. Their offer is truly diverse, while the focus is on the traditional meat dishes prepared under a baking bell, including veal, lamb, pork, and chicken. All the meals are prepared with great love using the freshest domestic products from the area. Besides the food, the idyllic forest surroundings and ethno-gardens make for an enchanting experience.
These three restaurants are just a small sample of what BiH has to offer. They both support small farmers and food producers and cater to their customers getting healthy and quality food, which has a great taste, smell, and aesthetic appearance. Furthermore, these restaurants promote social responsibility and contribute to the sense of community all year long.
On July 1, 2020, the Hrana Gurmana campaign, implemented by the Sweden/USAID FARMA II project, set out to promote 120 small businesses including 100 producers of high-quality food, ten shops, and ten restaurants that offer and use their products. This number was exceeded to reach 140 small businesses, including 17 restaurants. Check out the FARMA II Business Catalogue to choose your favorite restaurant.