Leskovac Grill Festival
|Leskovac Grill Festival
Scene from Roštiljijada concert in 2009
The Leskovac Grill Festival (Serbian: Роштиљијада, Roštiljijada, also translated as "barbecue week") is a yearly grilled-meat festival organiwed in Leskovac, Serbia at the beginning of September. During the event, the main boulevard is closed for traffic, night and day for five days, and all its way there are grill-stands constructed, to create many temporary restaurants. Many visitors from all over Serbia and many tourists from abroad come to Leskovac to enjoy a grill and entertainment. The organisers hold competitions, such as in making the World Biggest Burger - the Pljeskavica. The festival is the highlight of the season in Leskovac.
To attract tourists from Serbia and abroad, the tourist organization organizes every year attractive concerts, Fashion shows, Carnivals, Miss Election in the period of Roštiljijada Festival. So far a lot has been done by raising quality, organizing a festival modeled on the Oktoberfest in Munich, such as a media presentations and good marketing which resulted in a very successful festival. According to the City Tourist Board, the number of visitors is one of the top touristic events in Serbia. In 2013, a record number of 600,000 people visited the festival. More than 200 barbecues were operational.
In September 2009, Leskovac celebrated a world record in making the world's biggest burger – the pljeskavica. The giant burger weighs 49 kilograms (105.6 Lbs), has 128 centimeters in diameter and is 8 centimeters thick and made by the great grill master Bojan Cvetković, who previously held the World record for his hamburger which was a tough 44 kilograms (96.8 lbs). In 2010 a new record was set with pljeskavica of 51 kilograms and 149 centimeters in diameter.
In 2009, Leskovac officially became an International Carnival city, admitted by The Association of European Carnival cities, which has over 50 members from Europe and America. The Leskovac Carnival is held in a time of the Roštiljijada festival. Around 1,200 people take part in the carnival, of which one third come from abroad. The city government considered having a separation of this event in 2010, as a special tourist event which is going to be introduced as a special offer of the city.
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- Roštiljijada at the City of Leskovac web site (Serbian)
- Tourist Festivities - The Leskovac Grill Specialties Festival at the City of Leskovac web site
- Roštiljijada official web site by the Leskovac Tourist Board
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