The region of Istria in Northwestern Croatia has a tradition of noodle-making going back hundreds of years. Noodles were cheap and simple, which made them a popular dish among farmers and herdsmen in this dry, limestone dominated area.
Municipalities in Central Istria started organizing noodle competitions - makarunijada - a few years ago, where the owners of various rural tourism farms try to outdo each other in making pljukanci and other types of traditional noodles. Pljukanci with various meat or cheese sauces have become the trademark of rural Istrian cooking, and makarunijada help in branding the region.
Click on the photo below to see what Nezavisna istarska televizija says about the recent makarunijada in the town of Žminj: