Festival’s program

Lesvos Food Fest 2018 will take place over a 10-day period, from July 5th-15th and has been designed to dynamically promote the culinary customs, the traditions and the products of each region, which will host this year’s events, highlighting the geographical and cultural uniqueness of each location.

Below you may find a brief presentation of the planned events:

THURSDAY 5.7.2018
Northern Lesvos: Lafiona
The local Cultural Association “Agios Alexandros”, with a sincere love for tradition, will be presenting “Trahana” — our local “superfood”.
19:00 Agia Paraskevi church, Lafiona
A presentation of the preparation process of trahana (frumenty) and local sweets will take place in a magical landscape overlooking the Aegean Sea.

FRIDAY 6.7.2018
Central Lesvos: Skala Kallonis
The Kalloni Tourism Association invites everyone to spend a day in the fishing village of Skala Kalloni, full of savoury and seafood flavours.
9:30 Skala Kallonis fishing port
Begin the morning with a boat ride in the Gulf of Kalloni, also known as “The Lake of Aristotle”. A demonstration of the salting process will take place next, in cooperation with the local businesses and the Fishermen’s Association of Skala Kallonis.
19:30 Skala Kallonis Square
Enjoy cooking events by chef Charis Katrakazas, Charilaos Theodorellis, former Tourism Professor, and the Association of Descendants from Asia Minor in Kalloni, followed by an evening of music & dance hosted by the local associations.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7–8.7.2018
Western Lesvos: Eressos
The Eressos Tourism Association takes us on a journey from the past until present day with musical and local flavours.
Saturday 18:30 Eressos village Square
In Eressos village, haute cuisine dishes and “Vrasma” (Petimezi) will be created by our beloved gourmet chef Elias Mamalakis using the famous local figs of Eressos, in cooperation with the “Fanias” Eressos Cultural Association.
There will be a free bus transfer from Skala Eressos parking space to Eressos village every 20 minutes.
Sunday 19:00 Skala Eressos beach
To the accompaniment of guitars and songs, we will “travel back” to nostalgic times on the beach of Skala Eressos, while enjoying watermelon and the local “touloumotyri” cheese… just like we did when things were simple and carefree.
Parallel Events:
Enjoy “Eressos-style” breakfast with local products and recipes offered by collaborating businesses.
Cooking with local products from Lesvos on the “floating platforms” of Skala Eressos by the inventive chef Eleni Psichouli and food writer-cook Ioanna Stamoulou.

MONDAY 9.7.2018
Southern Lesvos: Gera
The “MODOUSA” Social Business Co-operative presents local products and local producers in an open-air market.
18:00 Durahani, Pappados, Gera, Modousa Premises
Come visit the open-air market of local producers and enjoy food-tasting at the premises of Modοusa in Durahani, Pappados, Gera, with the participation of producers who will present local products from Lesvos (packaged or not).

TUESDAY 10.7.2018
Eastern Lesvos: Mytilene
20:00 Book & Art bookstore
5 Komninaki Street
Chef Kostis Kostakis will bring to life recipes from his book focusing in homemade pies.

WEDNESDAY 11.7.2018
Central Lesvos: Agia Paraskevi
The Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos of the Piraeus Group Cultural Foundation in Agia Paraskevi, will be hosting “Olive Oil Cooking” in its open space, which will combine tradition with modern gastronomic trends.
19:00 Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos, Agia Paraskevi
Don’t miss the cooking creations prepared by chef Alexandros Papandreou as well as the Women’s Agritourism Co-operative of Agia Paraskevi “Selada”. Olive oil, seafood, salting procedures will have their honourable role in the recipes, while the dishes will be presented in traditional clay utensils. The organising committee will also welcome new ideas, proposals and discussions on Lesvos Food Fest 2019.

THURSDAY 12.7.2018
Northern Lesvos: Molyvos
Enjoy a variety of events for all age groups and “tastes”, organized by the Molyvos Wine & Dine Association and the Molyvos Tourism Association.
10:00 Lefkonikos Square
Cooking workshops for children
We will be cooking “Mamalelia” (homemade pasta) and “Koulikia” (fried dough) with children 5 to 12 years old, and will be discussing about food waste from all over the planet with “Boroume” (“We Can”).
10:00–13:00 Molyvos Hamam
Mixtures of various herbs and salt
An experiential awakening of the senses which will take place in the Ottoman Hamam, where we will interact with herbs and salt from Lesvos, presented by graduates of the Cultural Technology and Communication Department of the University of the Aegean.
20:00 Lefkonikos Square
Aegean Wine Tasting and cheese love from Lesvos
Popular from antiquity, the wines and wineries in the North Aegean are presented by wine expert Nikoleta Makryonitou, in combination with cheese and dairy products from Lesvos, with the support of Iliachtida Association from Mantamados.

FRIDAY 13.7.2018
Northern Lesvos: Molyvos
10:00 Lefkonikos Square
Cooking workshops for children
We will be cooking “Mamalelia” (homemade pasta) and “Koulikia” (fried dough) with children 12 years old and up, and will be discussing about food waste from all over the planet with “Boroume” (“We Can”).
10:00–13:00 Molyvos Hamam
Mixtures of various herbs and salt
18:30 Workshops in the private neighbourhood courtyards of the local women of Molyvos (see map)
In Lesvos, in summer, the housewives’s kitchens are “filled” with a variety of leaves and flowers – from grapevines to zucchini flowers. The “Molyviates” will welcome us to their courtyards, where they will teach us the technique of stuffing an oniondolma, how to fold grapevines, how to close a zucchini flower, but also the secrets of “octopus stuffing” in their picturesque courtyards.

SATURDAY 14.7.2018
Northern Lesvos: Molyvos
10:00 Lefkonikos Square
Cooking workshops for children
We will be cooking Fried bread stuffed with local cheeses mix and Homemade loukouma stuffed with a variety of season marmelades with children 5 years old and up and will be discussing about food waste from all over the planet with “Boroume” (“We can”).
10:00 Molyvos Hamam
Mixtures of various herbs and salt
Northern Lesvos: Petra
The Cultural Association of Petra and the Association of Merchants and Tradesmen will be opening the courtyards of the local homes, inviting everyone to enjoy special sweet treats, as well as to come join in on the fun at the party on the beach.
18:30 Petra village courtyards (see map)
Presentation of pastry confectionery recipes by the welcoming women of Petra, who will open their courtyards to the public. These recipes are connected to wedding treats and local fests.
21:00 Petra beach (north entrance)
Don’t miss the theme 60s party «About time» inspired from the Hollywood movie to be filmed on the island of Lesvos in autumn. On the beach of Petra Christos Houseas will be presenting local drinks combined in concept cocktails accompanied by the 60s rythms. Renos Haralambidis (the movie’s main character) will be our special guest for the night. Dress up sixties to feel the atmosphere!

SUNDAY 15.7.2018
Northern Lesvos: Molyvos
10:00 Molyvos Park
Cookout at the Camping site by local scout teams.
20:00 Molyvos Harbour
Ouzo Tasting and Street Food
A different presentation of fish, in a “fish & vegetable chips” version, served with ouzo to go!
21:30 Later we’re enjoying our ouzo in tavernas around the harbour while listening to unplugged music by small local music groups. A nostalgic closing of our 10-day-food journey.


Look for all co-operating businesses offering “ouzo with meze” and “Eressos-style breakfast” in special prices.

OUZO WITH MEZE:

ERESSOS: AIGAIO RESTAURANT / ETOILE WINE BAR / EXIS RESTAURANT / KAFENES CAFÉ RESTAURANT / KARAVOGIANNOS RESTAURANT / OVELIX RESTAURANT / PARASOL CAFÉ BAR / THE TRADITION, SAM RESTAURANT / SOULATSO RESTAURANT

KALLONI: AIGAION HOTEL / AKTI SNACK BAR / CAPRICE / DIONYSOS RESTAURANT / KALLONI VILLAGE / MALEMI HOTEL / MARAS RESTAURANT / MIMIS RESTAURANT / PARADISE CAFÉ / PASIPHAE HOTEL / PELA HOTEL / SAMPO RESTAURANT

LAFIONA: TO AITHRIO / EXOHIKO / KAFENEIO “O TZIMIS”

MOLYVOS: ADONIS HOTEL / ALONIA RESTAURANT / APHRODITE HOTEL / BETTY’S RESTAURANT / BYZANTINO CAFÉ / DELPHINIA HOTEL / DEILINO RESTAURANT / GATOS RESTAURANT / GORGONA RESTAURANT / HAMAM RESTAURANT / KISMET RESTAURANT / KOMBOLOGAKI CAFÉ / LE GRAND BLUE RESTAURANT / MAJORAN RESTAURANT / MELTEMI RESTAURANT / MISTRAL RESTAURANT / MOLYVOS STARS RESTAURANT / OCTOPUS RESTAURANT / OUZADIKO TOU BABOUKOU RESTAURANT / RAMONA RESTAURANT / SEA HORSE RESTAURANT / SUNRISE RESORT HOTEL / TRIENA RESTAURANT / TROPICANA RESTAURANT

PETRA: AVLAKI RESTAURANT / CHRISTOS RESTAURANT / GORGONA RESTAURANT / MARINA RESTAURANT / NIKOS RESTAURANT / PANORAMA HOTEL / THALASSA RESTAURANT

SYKAMINIA: ANEMOESSA RESTAURANT / ΤΟ ΚYΜΑ RESTAURANT / “MOURIA TOU MYRIVILI” RESTAURANT

VAFIOS: VAFIOS TAVERNA

ERESSOS-STYLE BREAKFAST:

ERESSOS: KAFENES RESTAURANT / BUDDA BAR / PARASOL CAFÉ BAR / ETOILE WINE BAR / EXIS RESTAURANT / ΚΥΜΑ HOTEL / CAFÉ ERESSOS / BELLE VILLE RESTAURANT


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