Fiš paprika competition 2018 for the worst Fish soup.
The annual event Gezina Fišijada held in in tvrđa on January 14th was the place to be for Inside-Osijek. Taken place in front of the restaurant Slavonska kuća (Slavonian house) on Firingerovoj Street. The most ironic part that makes the event interesting is it's not for the best, instead, it is a competition for the worst ever fiš paprika (Fish soup paprika). There seemed to be a lot more competitors this year than any other year. With over 100 cooking areas assigned to the competitors that stretched along the full length of the street and passing around the corner of the famous Osijek Restaurant. The smell of fish soup being cooked over an open Fire was priceless. To really experience the cooking of fiš paprikaš and the amazing atmosphere you had to be there.
What to bring this Year:
With crowds of people arriving earlier it was a great chance to see how things were set-up for Gezina Fišijada. The contestants brought to tvrđa their own fish pre-cut carried in baskets and bags. With help of friends and family carrying the rest of the gear and a large caldron to cook in. The fire wood was cut up and placed in large piles for the competitors to carry to their assigned spot. Everything was well-organized by the planners as each spot had the teams name and number hung on the tri-pods.
There were a total of 100 or more registered teams at this year’s memorial of FIŠIJADA. The numbers were higher as the event has grown in popularity.. It started all in the early morning on Sunday, as there was lots of cheer and good humor of joking around. The event attracted many people from different walks of life from soccer stars, athletes, musicians and politicians. With the classical sound of tambourines bands to entertain the competitors and the citizens of Osijek. Many patrons of the event had a chance to get a free taste of fiš paprika. The weather really helped this year being warmer and and clear skies
History of the event:
It has been a long tradition in the city of Osijek with a past that should never be forgotten. Gezina Fišijada has been taking place every year in front of a restaurant called Slavonska kuća (Slavonian house) on Firingerovoj Street. There is a lot of history about the restaurant Slavonian house as it was founded in 1994 by the late Geza Gudlin. The tradition continued by Tomislav Baric who helped organize the event as a memorial of the well-known man Geza Gudlin. Hence the naming event after him calling it “Gezina Fišijada ’’. What was different was there was a catch or twist as one well knows. This may come as a surprise for most Croatians as to win first place one would have to make the worst ever fiš paprika.
The organizer Tomislav Barić and owner of Slavonska kuća (Slavonian house) explained the reason for holding the now popular event. This event was to honour a man best known as Geza Gudlina who was a legend to the city of Osijek. To remember a man in good spirits who made his mark on the River Drava. He was best known for his recipes and the way he prepared them. Such was his infamous fiš paprika. However Geza had tragically passed away 13 years ago.
There are three categories in trophies to be awarded to after the finally judging:
Loš Fiš (meaning: bad or Lousy Fish soup)
Najgori Fiš (meaning: The worst Fish Soup)
Malo Manje Fiš (meaning: A little bit bad Fish Soup)
A little bit lost in translation
Good luck to all the people taken part in todays event and have lots of fun with friends and relatives.