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Ideas for a Croatian Themed Party
The Croatian National Football Team are relative newcomers in the world of international football. Formed in the early 1990s when Croatia gained its independence from the former state of Yugoslavia, the team quickly gained success, qualifying for the Uefa 1996 Euro tournament finals, and the 1998 World Cup Finals, performing strongly at both.
The culture of Croatia has been influenced by many other nations over the centuries, which given its geographical location should come as no surprise. Over the years the influences of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Christianity, Islam and Communism have all had their influence on the region.
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Food for a Croatian Themed PartyAlthough it's something of a generalisation, the cooking style of the inland areas tends to be more "traditional" or "slavic", with influences from Hungary and Austria, while the coastal areas are more influenced by "meditarranean" styles, such as Italian and Greek.
It's also fair to say - without any disrespect - that the cuisine of Croatia is not too dissimilar to that of its near neighbours and other former Yugoslavian states, such as Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Montenegro, so we will include "regional" recipes here where appropriate. Other recipes from these nations can be found on each country's individual page.
Just try some of these next time you are throwing a Croatian football party:
Drink for a Croatian PartyCroatia produces wine, beer and brandy. The brandy is called "Rakija", and is usually made from grapes, although varieties produced from plums and pears and even walnuts are also available. Many international brands of beer - pivo - are widely available in Croatia, but there is some local production too. Of the locally produced beers, Karlovacko, brewed in the city of Karlovac, is the best known and most widely available brand, both in Croatia and neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Croatian wine production is a long-standing tradition; roughly two thirds of the wine produced is white, which generally comes from the vineyards inland, while the red comes from the coastal region. Many of the grapes used are local varieties and may not be familiar to many of us outside the region, but are well worth trying if you can get hold of them. Wines from the Dalmatian region have a particularly good reputation. Locally, wine is generally the preferred drink with most meals, and is often consumed mixed with either still or sparkling water.