The following was originally posted on on August 21st .

Few things get to the heart of authentic travel like food. In the Westerns Balkans, nothing is more important than the pride shown for the pure ingredients grown in every corner of this beautiful stretch of Southeastern Europe. The great news: Tourism experts and foodies have begun to take notice and are making Slow Food a key ingredient in travel offers here.


For this session in the Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar Series, we’ll speak with two Balkan Slow Food experts about why this region is such an ideal spot for gourmands and how tourism operators can learn more.

Register here for this month’s Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar—Slow Food Development in the Balkans—which will air on Thursday, August 31 at 9:30 a.m. EST (3:30 p.m. CET). As always listeners are invited to ask questions and chime in. (The webinar will be archived and free.)

Both of this week’s guests are food activists and ardent promoters of small-scale producers and sustainability. Gordana Radovanovic, from Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the Slow Food Trebinje, Hercegovina, Convivium leader. Nikolce Nikolovski, from Bitola, Macedonia, is the national coordinator of Slow Food in Macedonia.

The Western Balkans has become Europe’s adventure playground. National Geographic Traveler named the Via Dinarica hiking trail, which runs through the middle of the region, one of its “Best of the World” destinations for 2017. The trail links and traverses Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia.

In response to this energy and excitement, we invite all those interested to participate in our Webinar Series. Alex Crevar, who has covered the Balkans (The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler) as a travel journalist for 20 years, moderates and tackles topics of interest to the adventure travel industry—for both professionals and travelers.

The monthly series is brought to you by the Western Balkans Geotourism Network and the Via Dinarica Alliance. These cross-border cooperatives are committed to strengthening the region’s sustainability through responsible tourism. The series is hosted by Balkan Vibe, the premier travel platform for the Western Balkans, offering the widest range of tours for the region as well as a seamless booking and credit-card payment system. The series is supported by the USAID/REG project.

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AuthorNicolas Segura