Enjoy the aphrodisiac menus from Velo Kafe and Kvarner restaurants in the romantic Labin Old town. Known for their unique and surprising Valentine's Day menus, this year their offer includes a finest selection of fresh local ingredients and the wealth of the Adriatic. Octopus bannocks, tuna prosciutto, lamb shoulder wrapped in kale and puff pastry with fresh cucumber and yoghurt sauce or kale au gratin with hard-boiled boškarin (Istrian cattle) tongue, will bring out the love appetite. Let the sweetness of love follow you through the imaginative desserts, airy egg white baskets with strawberries and Muscat cream and Sentona cake with local figs and ricotta cheese, named after the patroness of travellers.
Although Valentine's Day celebration in Labin is of recent origin, in the whole of Labin area love has been celebrated and worshiped whole year around through traditional customs. Back in the ancient times it wasn’t easy for a young man from Labin to buy an engagement ring for his beloved girlfriend. While the noblemen would look for the ring from the jewelers in Italy, the humble men from Labin would patiently wait for holidays, St.Peter’s Day in June and St. Justus in November. There were fairs held on those days, where they could buy engagement rings and fabric for wedding suits. Goldsmiths and filigree artists from Pazin and Vodnjan as well as silk and luxury fabric traders from Rijeka and Friuli Region would visit the town. It was a custom after the holy mass and a procession that the young men would go around the shops and choose the finest rings, earrings or coral necklaces for their girlfriends. Young couples in love were especially fond of water wells. They eagerly waited for the end of Lent and Easter, after which the wedding season started. In Kranjci, a village near Labin a bride, accompanied by the wedding guests with music and singing would traditionally carry a water bucket called brenta to the well. The best man would help her fill up the bucket, and the guests would throw money inside the wooden brenta for marriage happiness.