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Miners’ Cake Days

Miners’ Cake Days

The festival celebrating the famous miners’ cake is a mix of mining tradition, gastronomical heritage and local customs, together with the well-known hard work of the inhabitants of Rude. The Miners’ Cake Days were first organized in 1985 by the folklore society “Oštrc”, primarily to promote the traditional miners’ cake (greblica) and local folklore. The event has grown into a weekend event with an ethno evening, workshops and music programmes around the renovated Saint Barbara’s Mine. It is accompanied with the events on the first Sunday in July organized in the centre of the village of Rude, on the handball court.

The story of the Rude miners’ cake, “a thin cake”, which is today protected as a non-material cultural heritage, begins in the days when the village lived off of mining and when many locals depended on this cake as an only meal taken under ground. The original name, “greblica”, was given after a wooden tool used to spread the ashes in the oven, and the cake is filled with cheese or greenery and walnuts. There are a number of recipes today and the best variations are traditionally awarded on the Miners’ Cake Days.

The cake also serves as a tool in reviving the villages’ mining tradition, together with the renovation of the mine, miners’ dances and all other that make this event attractive to all those who wish to enjoy food, folklore, songs and good company on the first July weekend in Rude.