Stara Pazova is a charming place on the Danube.
Not so far from Belgrade in Serbia, yet a whole different world. Vojvodina is relaxed, tasty, and full of interesting and beautiful nature. The mighty Danube flows quietly while life, states, and politics change around it.
The Danube remains the same, just like the white swans swimming peacefully, various other birds and big shells on the sandy banks. For those of us who did not grow up on great rivers, it is a special experience to travel on the Danube and understand the power of the river and the banks that define it.
Somewhere it is civilization in the form of plants or proud bell towers of churches, and somewhere it is sand dunes and the wildlife of the river. An impressive excursion we made from Stari Banovci. The best dish of the weekend was the real “fish soup” that we ate on the bank of the Danube in Bašta Pustolova, from where we started our river trip.
The occasion for the visit was the gastronomic event Gastro Srem. A weekend full of good food, good wine, and fun in the main square of Stara Pazova promised a good time. This was reason enough to leave Zagreb and relax for two days in the hospitality of the hosts of TO Stara Pazova, Hotel River Inn, and hosts Radmilo Bumber and Đole Mihajlović.
The event program took place in the city’s main square. At the stalls, local producers presented their delicacies, which could be tasted and bought. I was happy to do both. There you can find cheese, sausages, various sweets and cakes, quality wines and Bermet.
I was especially taken with “Pazovačka nadlakca”, a Slovak specialty made of cooked dough with salty or sweet additions. The poppy seed dough was perfect.
The wines from the region are of very high quality. On the way to Zagreb, we visited the Milanović winery in a great location above the Danube and took a few bottles to taste.
The music program in the square was particularly stimulating and entertaining. In a style for everyone, we could see local folklore societies, hear great tambourists in the style of the legend Zvonko Bogdan and dance to the Banda drevna. They described themselves as “rock’n’roll tambourists”. With interesting arrangements and cover versions of popular hits, they quickly got the crowd dancing deep into the night.
I would like to thank you for the invitation, especially TO director Dragana Zorić Stanojković and Anđelka Kodžo from the Hotel River Inn. The hotel we stayed at is very comfortable and modern and has private parking. They say that they are well filled, especially with foreigners who come on business trips in the region.
Stara Pazova is a great place for a weekend escape from the big city.