Kameno is a small village near the popular town, Herceg Novi. The village is off the tourist path — there are no beaches or significant architectural sites.
But outdoor sport enthusiasts now Kameno well, many hiking and biking routes start here, and continue through the mountain range of Orjen.
In order to attract more visitors to the region, The Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi organize Sajam Domaće Trpeze i Tradicionalnih Jela — The Fair of Homemade and Traditional Food — in Kameno for the fourth year in a row.
The event takes place in the courtyard of the church of St. John, right on the Meljine – Trebinje road. It is a nice place indeed, large enough to accommodate both participants and guests, which stays shady and cool even on hot summer days. The fair opens at 5 pm, not in the late evening, which is customary in Montenegro.
Visitors gathered around buffet with free treats.
Of course, the buffet table here is not as big as at gastronomic events like The Žućenica Fest or The Risan Pasta Fest, at which meals are prepared by multiple teams. Here, everything was cooked by Stanovčić family, who for several years was engaged in the production of cheese and pršut, and in ethno-tourism. Goran Stanovčić was the initiator of the fest and its main organizer.
There were not too many guests and quite enough food for everybody to have a fulfilling meal. The assortment of dishes was very good.
The delicious dessert — airy choux pastries:
Dried figs are always present at local feasts:
Traditional berry pie is always welcome at gastronomic festival:
There were a lot of baked goods:
Savory filo pastry pies with vegetable or cheese fillings. And next the pies is very unusual dish — deep fried elderberry flowers:
There were other deep fried plants — exotic and very tasty:
Assorted local olives:
A whole ham set at the end of the table. Svetlana Stanovčić cuts paper thin slices of pršut. She did not stop for a minute:
Homemade local cheeses — the focal point of this food festival:
For tourists, it was an excellent opportunity to try different kinds of traditional cheeses:
More and more cheese heads were delivered to the table.
The Stanovčić family were able to create a homely atmosphere in a peaceful location. Like all the guests were coming to dine at a friend's house.
They washed off the food with wine or non-alcoholic drinks like elderberry juice.
In addition to a large buffet there were 14 stands with local souvenirs and produce. For example, cute potted plants and fragrant bouquets of lavender:
Garden vegetables and mountain herbs:
Chicken and quail eggs, various cheeses. Those cheeses are from the village of Vrbanj, located in the same district of Herceg Novi, but further and higher.
Traditional brandy — rakija — and liqueurs, juices and syrups, made from the plants and fruits of the region. It was a small but full-fledged market.
Live music completed the festivities. The group Ferali performed unobtrusive, pleasant Serbian-language songs.
The celebration was organized by the local authorities, MZ Kameno-Žlijebi, with the support of the Herceg Novi Tourist Organization and the Herceg Novi township.