In spring, when the first primroses blossom and meadows and forests are in full bloom, there are more than 1000 different types of flowers that turn Bohinj into a large natural botanical garden. A garden that grows and changes every day. A garden that we do not water, dig through, nor weed … we just let it grow its own way. This garden is the core of the International Wild Flower Festival. Guided botanical excursions take us to areas of rocks, meadows and forests, where we can see different flowers.
FLOWER MENUS AT A SINGLE PRICE OF EUR 17.00
Visit local inns by bicycle or during your hikes and walks around Bohinj – explore how the flowers can be aromatically intertwined with traditional tastes. You will be surprised by the creativity of local chefs. During the festival, you can order flower menus at a single price of EUR 17.00.
Salad with flowers, asparagus pannacotta with Bohinj cottage cheese,
red radish and fruit dressing
Chicken breast with wild garlic crust, nettle cream,
beet chips, baby potatoes, sautéed carrots
Dandelion honey ice cream,
field horsetail and violet pie, strawberry coulis
Restavracija Zlatovčica, Hotel Jezero (Ribčev Laz)
Beef carpaccio with olive oil and fresh spring salad
Asparagus cream soup
Turkey with cheese and nuts, boiled apples,
potato fries, vegetable flower, micro vegetables
Casatta with hot fruits, strawberries and cream
tomato carpaccio with wild garlic pesto and Bohinj cheese
Bohinj corn soup
(made of traditional Bohinj red corn, with milk and vegetables)
Turkey fillet with Bohinj dried ham, home-made asparagus rolls
Self-service fresh seasonal salad
Home-made pannacotta with
Tripič grape jam and corn crumbs
We are the observers of nature, but the walks to the flower beds unintentionally remind us of what is to come. What we pick in the garden, we then prepare in our kitchen and eat with great satisfaction. Various flowers will be transformed by our chefs into exquisite culinary delights in different inns awarded the Bohinjsko/From Bohinj certificate.
The cuisine in Bohinj and its local ingredients are a must for a genuine experience of Bohinj. Visit the inns that have the Bohinjsko/from Bohinj certificate and taste traditional food served in a contemporary way that will warm your heart. The bold and extraordinary tastes will completely enrapture you.
You cannot imagine a better end to beautiful hikes and walks.
GUIDED BOTANICAL TOURS AND CULINARY EVENINGS
Various day excursions guided by experts will take all wildflower admirers to the hidden corners of autochthonous wildflowers. While the excursions might be intended only for visitors, we believe that also we, the local people, who are used to the flowery background, are amazed every time we see this beauty of nature and admire it.
During the festival, visitors can choose among short, long and difficult hikes to the hidden habitats of flowers which have disappeared from meadows elsewhere in the world. The guided hikes end with lunch or dinner at local inns offering flower menus. Let your step be light and careful because our trails are all overgrown with flowers.
Spring is most beautiful in Bohinj. Not because it is not beautiful elsewhere, but because it seems quite different and special in Bohinj. After a long winter, when the peaks are covered in snow and the white colour reflects on the lake surface, the forests are still freshly green, the trees, meadows, slopes and even the rocks are in bloom …
The richness of flowers and colours seems more intense than in other places. The shadows of the mountains and clouds constantly change the image of the blossomy landscape. The real explosion of colours happens in May and June when the annual Wild Flower Festival takes place in Bohinj. All of Bohinj blossoms in thousands of shades.
Read the story at the bottom of this page about how our headstrong and unpredictable Spring chooses its dresses.
RICH AND VERY INTERESTING PROGRAMME
Festival features a very diverse programme. Traditional expert and visitor-oriented topics and lectures will be held every day. Guided botanical walks and themed excursions, workshops and other events are intended for all generations and admirers of flowers, nature, and herbs and for discovering new knowledge. Some festival events have been implemented in the past and we have also added new ones that are intended for children and those who want to experience nature early in the morning. Everyone can find something for themselves.
The pre-festival events start in the weekend before the official opening of the festival with a true treat for families: Zlatorog Fairy Trail Weekend.
Do not miss the cultural and musical events, concerts and performances that will be featured within the scope of the festival programme. This year, the villages of Bohinj will also be actively included in the festival programme, because they will feature festival events in their village centres, and various inns will offer flower menus. The number of visitors to the festival grows every year. In more than a decade, the festival has developed into an extensive event that inspires and expands its circle of fans and admirers.
Today, the festival connects the people of Bohinj with guests who know how to appreciate the efforts to preserve the natural heritage and the balance between people and fragile nature. Perhaps the magic of the festival is right in the fact that this is “our” festival. The people of Bohinj are integrated into the festival with our work, all invested time, efforts and hospitality. And we should not forget about the cuisine. The flora and herbal richness have paved the way to our inns and homes, therefore Bohinj is becoming even more distinguished by its exceptional traditional cuisine.
OUR BOHINJ IS A GRAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
The International Wild Flower Festival is a time when the people of Bohinj can show the best of Bohinj to visitors when we can all enjoy the magnificent natural background of the colourful meadows and mighty mountains, and the pristine image of all the richness of the traditions and the original way of life. We can be really proud of ourselves and our unique festival.