I didn’t go to Slovenia for the food.
I went for the landscapes. The crashing waterfalls. The big lakes with their tiny islands. The castles built on cliffsides. The distinctly blue rivers. The rolling farmland dotted with old churches and barns.
I went because I’d heard it was beautiful. And that was true.
But what I didn’t know, and was pleasantly surprised to find, is that Slovenia (in particular the capitol, Ljubljana) has quite the foodie scene as well.
All summer long, there are food festivals like Odprta Kuhna (Open Kitchen), which features cheap food stand eats from the top restaurants in Slovenia, and the equally wonderful and far less publicized Burger & Beer Festival, which happens one weekend mid-summer and features all the best little brewers and burger joints competing for your attention.
The star of my own burger experience was the gourmet roast beef burger from Cube Burger, served covered in gooey brie cheese and truffle mushroom sauce.
Oh, and I should probably mention that, like everything else in wonderful Slovenia, the food was super cheap. About $4 for a gourmet burger.