Festivals with Flavour
Autumn is a tasty time with two festivals that highlight and promote the delicious, traditional and locally-produced gastronomy of Larnaka region.
Festival of Tradition and Culture
The annual ‘Festival of Tradition and Culture’ is once again taking place on the October 1 bank holiday and offers a wonderful introduction to handmade and homemade gastronomy and crafts, including diary products, pastries, pasta, honey and various homewares.
Organised by ‘The Ladies Association of Rural Larnaka’, the festival is held at a different Larnaka region village each year and will take place at Lagia Village for 2019. Alongside the stalls of delectable products, there is also a programme of authentic, folkloric entertainment and fun activities for children.
The Women’s Rural Association of Larnaka was founded in 2004 with an aim to support and promote entrepreneurial women in the rural areas of Larnaka through promotional and cultural events - including the food festival - and has been successful in helping to keep the region’s heritage alive.
Admission to the event is free.
Pancyprian Festival of Athienou Products
The second gastronomy-themed event is the ‘Pancyprian Festival of Athienou Products’ which Athienou village holds annually to showcase its proud traditions of dairy production and bread-making. Its 'loukoumi' and bread-making traditions are also both included in the Unesco National Intangible Cultural Heritage List for their authenticity and rich history.
The festival is free admission and visitors can enjoy watching bread-making demonstrations and sampling various local products. The event also features live music and stalls of locally produced products where visitors can talk to the artisans to discover more about their wares.
If you would like to explore Athienou village and learn more about its wheat-growing and bread-making heritage, the beautifully-restored old flour mill is an interesting and insightful place to visit!