This year, Museum Night at the Istrian Olive Oil House was filled with various activities. Numerous visitors learned many interesting facts about the history of olive growing – where Istrian oil was exported in the 1st century, the characteristics of Istrian amphorae, and their places of production. They discovered how Pliny the Elder, in Roman times, classified olive oil based on its quality, using the lowest quality oil for certain purposes, and how Roman writers praised Istrian oil.
Visitors particularly enjoyed a short film from 1980, shot in an olive mill in northern Istria, showcasing how our ancestors produced olive oil in a traditional way.
In the contemporary part of the exhibition, discussions focused on Istrian olive varieties, the optimal time for olive harvesting, essential knowledge for obtaining quality oil, and the impact of polyphenols on our health.
The youngest attendees especially enjoyed a demonstration workshop on making lip balm from olive oil, which they happily took home as a souvenir.
This year’s Museum Night was complemented by the Benazić winery, presenting Istrian wines, and the Damjanić distillery, showcasing their impressive expertise in creating cocktails from their own products – Sette Monti gin, Teranino red wine liqueur, and other beverages.