The Greek island of Lesvos is one of the richest gastronomic crossroads in the country, bearing cultural traces in all its the flavors.
It is an island where the quality of the primary ingredients comes first, where seasonal is key and passion for local tastes continuously raises the standards of the Mediterranean diet.
With its attention on meze, ouzo and good company, the island will be hosting the Second Lesvos Food Fest this summer in each one of its regions.
The logo of Lesvos Food Fest shows the essence of the event as well as the culinary identity of the island: a sardine, anise and an olive.
During a 10-day period, starting as from July 5, the Lesvos Food Fest intends to promote the culinary customs, traditions and products of each region, putting an emphasis on the geographical and uniqueness of each location.
Some of the planned events include a presentation of trachana, its preparation process and also about local sweets. These will be held in Lafiona, northern Lesvos, surrounded by the magical background of the Aegean sea.
In Skala Kallioni the local tourism association invites everyone to spend a day in this fishing village. The proposal is to discover the savory flavors of the local seafood while the planned activities include boat riding in the Gulf of Kalloni, a demonstration of the salting process and cooking events with a guest chef and from the Association of Kalloni Descendants from Asia Minor. Music and dancing will follow.
Eressos, on the west part of the island, takes visitors on a journey from the past until the present day with musical and local flavors. Guitars and songs will provide the frame for a trip back to nostalgic times on the beach of Skala Eressos while enjoying watermelon and the local cheese, touloumotyri. Also, haute cuisine dishes will be created using the famous local figs. An Eressos-style breakfast, made with local products, will be offered by collaborating companies.
A social business cooperative will present local products and producers during an open-air market that operates every Monday in Gera.
In Agia Paraskevi, the local Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production will be hosting the olive oil cooking event, combining tradition and modern cooking trends. Olive oil, whole olives and olive paste will have a central role in the recipes, while the dishes will be presented in traditional clay utensils. The event will be accompanied by speeches regarding the pottery art of Lesvos.
In the northern part of the island, the Cultural Association of Petra and the Association of Merchants and Tradesmen will open the courtyards of the local homes, inviting everyone to enjoy special sweet treats as well as the fun at the party on the beach of Petra. The women of Petras will present pastry-confectionery recipes, opening their houses to the public.
Molyvos will participate by presenting a variety of events for all age groups and tastes. Among the different activities, there will be cooking workshops for children and lessons on combining herbs and salt mixtures.
The festival will also feature Aegean wine and ouzo tasting plus street food events with music.
The Second Lesvos Food Fest will take place from July 5 to July 15, 2018. For more information about the calendar of events, visit the Lesvos Food Fest website.